O Canada | June 29, 2020

Volume 1 Issue 13 | | Editor: Colleen MacLeod | #meadowlarkmonday

Glorious And Free

Virtual Canada Day

Things are certainly different this July 1st, but you can still pack your day full of celebrations on Canada Day! How about starting the day with some themed crafts and face painting? After lunch, stop by Pioneer Acres to see what’s new and say ‘hi’ to Shelly and Josh. As you make dinner (Space Chili of course), tune in to virtual Canada Day celebrations and then cap off the evening with virtual fireworks!

Fireworks At 10 PM

You can watch a Canada-wide virtual fireworks show at 10 PM local time. There is some cool technology that will let you point your mobile to the night sky to view an enhanced version of the show! More.

Build A Canada Day Time Capsule

“Show future generations what life in Canada is like today by creating your own time capsule. Follow conservator Emily’s instructions to make a durable case filled with objects that tell a little bit about you. Then hide the capsule, and make a map so it can be found!” Instructions.

Make An Iconic Canadian Plane

“Have fun creating your own Canada Day flypass with 2 of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s iconic aircraft…Colour, cut and assemble the Snowbirds Canadair CT-114 Tutor and the McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet.”

Canada Moves

“Create your own Canada Day dance! Our fun movement tool kit for bodies of all abilities will provide gestures for each letter in C-A-N-A-D-A to create your own unique solo, duet or group dance. Download the music loop, record your dance and share on your social channels using #CanadaMoves #CanadaDay.” More.

Space Chili Recipe

“Feel like spicing up Canada Day this year? During his mission onboard the Space Station, David Saint-Jacques enjoyed this space chili inspired by his wife’s recipe. See how you can cook it yourself!”


A virtual Canada celebration from Calgary, featuring Calgary musical artists including Paul Brandt, will happen at 5 PM on Canada Day! More.

Local Activities

As in communities around the country, real life Canada Day celebrations for Irricana were put on hold. But all is not lost! You can still visit Pioneer Acres, which reopens on July 1, and watch a parade July 4.

Pioneer Acres announced on their Facebook page:

“We will be open Thursday through Monday from 9.00 a.m. — 5.00 p.m. until the end of September. Of course, without our big show and the other events we all look forward to it won’t be quite the same. But Pioneer Acres will be open for self guided tours and our knowledgeable and friendly staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions or to take you around the displays. Steam and stationary engines, a blacksmith, the historic Long House and the Granlea Beef Ring, the history of agriculture is documented from the walking plow on up. And don’t forget the reopening of the Grain Academy! (Yes, the model train will be there). Just like a lot of things, Pioneer Acres isn’t quite itself at the moment. But we are reopening and we will be glad to welcome you back this summer.”


The Mounted Combat Arts parade is happening at 10 AM on Saturday, July 4. The parade will start and end at Founders Park and will travel along 2nd Avenue, 6th Street, Madison Drive and Pioneer Drive. Check out their website for additional information here.

Area Rec Centre Planned

Did you know there is a group of local volunteers who are spearheading the development of a recreation centre in Irricana? They are called the Northeast Rocky View Sports Association and according to a recent post on I love Irricana, the proposed 90,000 sq ft centre will have lots to offer the community including an indoor soccer/lacrosse arena, three basketball/volleyball/badminton courts, dance/music studio, 200 metre walking/running track, fully equipped workout gym, meeting room and some rental space for allied groups like a pro shop or sports medicine provider.

The project is in the design stage and is expected to be completed by September 2022 or 2023. The entire project is volunteer-led by the Northeast Rocky View Sports Association. Check out their Facebook page and send them some feedback! This is a great initiative that will benefit the entire community. Communities that have recreation centres tend to have better access to community information, stronger family and community bonds, and improved local economies.

June 25, 1917

Shelly, Pioneer Acres Museum

Do you remember the Rocky View Five Village Weekly or the Wheel and Deal? Gladys Taylor, the formidable writer and businesswoman behind those publications was born on this day in 1917. And as many of you already know, she spent many years right here in Irricana. Gladys lived a remarkable and creative life, winning the Ryerson Fiction Award (twice!). Her book “Alone in the Australian Outback” was adapted into a movie called “Over the Hill” starring Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis and you can catch the trailer here!

Filling the Pool

Ayvree, Irricana Kountry Kennel

Footsteps came down the hall, growing louder and as they approached, I could feel the vibration of each footfall contacting the ground. I stood eagerly at the door, full of anticipation and hope. Maybe, just maybe…? Even without sight, I could detect the exact same energy and excitement radiating from my companions Charlie and Karisma in a pen adjacent to mine, (though Charlie’s tail thumping against the wall didn’t make it any more obvious). As the one responsible for the footsteps rounded the corner and made right for my pen, I began shifting back and forth, from paw to paw enthusiastically, and threw in a couple exuberant barks for good measure. “It’s our turn!” POP! Went the latch on the door as the pen opened wide. I heard Charlie and Karisma following suit, hot on my tail as I picked up speed and dashed down the hallway. “Whoa, Reeva, sloowww down now!” I heard my owner Tracy shout commandingly. I instantly slowed down, screeching to a halt – not so much as in obedience but more so to avoid shamefully crashing into the door that led to the off-leash area. Read more.

Library News


June 24th marked the third day of our Curbside Service to the public. Since it’s started the service has been a great hit and we hope to have more open to the public soon! We will be closed on July 1st due to Canada Day celebrations. Because of this, curbside pickup for this week will be held on Thursday, July 2nd.

This week we have welcomed our new Summer Student, who will be helping with our story time program and future programs once our doors are open to the public. Want to check out more from the Irricana Library? Check out our website. You can also visit our other social media to keep up to date: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Alice Was Pink

The tractor was pink and her name was Alice. I know that it was very likely a red tractor that had been sitting on the farm for 50-odd years. And that it was an Allis-Chalmers. But in my 5 year-old mind Alice was pink. She had steps down low enough for little legs to reach with relative ease and a smooth, black ball at the end of her gearshift. Her wheels were rusted iron and not rubber like the other tractors on my family’s farm. The seat on which I perched for hours and hours was a formed metal one and I can almost feel the burn I would get when I took a seat wearing shorts on a sunny day. I plowed many, many acres of imaginary field atop my pink tractor.

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