Canada Day celebration downtown

June 25, 2019
Traffic advisory

Celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday in downtown Kelowna on Monday, July 1!

Canada Day is expected to draw more than 50,000 residents and we encourage walking, biking and taking transit to attend the festivities. Activities will take place in Waterfront Park, Stuart Park and Kerry Park. For the complete Canada Day events schedule, visit festivalskelowna.com.

To assist with safe setup, the Lakefront Promenade will be closed from the north end of Tugboat Beach through Rotary Marsh and Sunset Drive on Sunday, June 30 from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. Park access will be available from Rhapsody Plaza on Water Street through Concession Plaza.

Water Street will be closed from Cawston Avenue to Sunset Drive on July 1 from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. During this time, local traffic will be permitted to the parking lots accesses at the Delta Grand Hotel and Prospera Place. Access to the Prospera Place lot will be accessible via Cawston Avenue only.

The Boat Locks will be closed from July 1 at 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. on July 2.

In addition to the downtown closures, Knox Mountain Roadway will be closed beginning at 8 p.m. on July 1.

July 1 downtown parking restrictions

  • The Dolphins parking lot will be closed from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.
  • On-street parking will be restricted on Water Street from Cawston Avenue to Sunset Drive from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Any vehicles left parked on Water Street will be courtesy towed.
  • Kerry Park parking lot will be closed from 6 a.m. until 12 a.m.
  • Parking stalls on Mill Street and Bernard Avenue outside of Kerry Park will be reserved from 6 a.m. until midnight.
  • Select parking stalls on the west side of Water Street will be reserved from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Motorists are asked to obey traffic control personnel at all times for the safety of the large number of pedestrians anticipated.

Public parking will be available at the Library Plaza Parkade located at 1360 Ellis Street, Memorial Parkade at 1420 Ellis Street and Chapman Parkade at 345 Lawrence Avenue. For more information about parking, visit kelowna.ca/parking.

Transit service on Monday, July 1 will follow the Saturday schedule with two additional charter buses added to Route 8 and 10 starting at 4 p.m. and a further seven added later in the evening. Some disruptions and traffic delays may occur throughout the day downtown due to an increase of pedestrian traffic and Water Street road closure. All Route 2 North End buses will detour from Water Street via Ellis Street from the Queensway Exchange and then follow regular routing. Visit bctransit.com/kelowna for route, schedule and service alert information.

Residents can reduce traffic and parking congestion by choosing various modes of Active Transportation, such as biking, walking and carpooling. Visit smartTRIPS.ca to learn more about how the City supports and promotes Active Transportation through events, programs and education.

For the most up-to-date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.