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Canada Day Celebrations parking and transit

Downtown Kelowna will be bustling with excitement during Canada Day celebrations on Tuesday, July 1. Due to all the great activities and entertainment, there will be road and parking restrictions.

On July 1, there will be a road closure on Water Street from Cawston Avenue to Sunset Drive from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Access to the Prospera Place parking lot will be maintained during the closure.

Fireworks will take place at approximately 10:30 p.m., weather permitting. Knox Mountain Drive will be closed to vehicles at 8 p.m., however pedestrians will have access to the park until 11 p.m.  Knox Mountain Drive will re-open Wednesday July 2 at 9:30 a.m.

The Queensway and Water street roundabout will be open to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Queensway eastbound to Pandosy Street will be one-way traffic only.

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

On-street parking will be restricted from at 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Water Street from Cawston Avenue to Sunset Drive during the road closure.  Parking on Bernard Avenue in front of Kerry Park will be restricted from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.  In addition, parking on the west side of Water Street from the boat launch to Stuart Park will be restricted from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Mill Street parking lot will be closed from 6 a.m. until after the fireworks dispersal.

The Dolphins parking lot will be closed from noon on Monday, June 30 to noon on Wednesday, July 2. Monthly permit holders will be allowed to park in the Dolphins Parking lot on Wednesday July 2.

Public parking will be available at the Library Plaza Parkade located at 1360 Ellis Street and Chapman Parkade at 345 Lawrence Avenue.

Residents are encouraged to take transit to the fireworks. Buses will be running according to the Sunday schedule throughout the day, however additional buses will be available on major routes to alleviate overcrowding. Following the fireworks, buses will be available at the temporary Transit Exchange on Ellis Street for extended service on major routes including the #1 Lakeshore bus, #2 North End, #7 Glenmore, #8 University, #10 North Rutland, #11 Rutland, #21 Glenrosa, #23 Lake Country, and #97 Express.

Regular fares apply, and children under 12 ride free when accompanied by an adult.

Service disruptions and traffic delays may occur throughout the day due to road closures. All Route 2 North End buses will detour from Water Street to Cawston Avenue and then follow regular routing.

Visit under Kelowna for route and schedule information.

For the complete Canada Day event schedule, visit

For the most up-to-date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit

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