Yellowknife

Yellowknife’s Canada Day 2019 events move indoors


The City of Yellowknife says its 2019 Canada Day events will be held inside the city’s Multiplex as the weather forecast for Monday is so poor.

Events had initially been scheduled to take place at Somba K’e Civic Plaza, outside City Hall.

However, Monday’s forecast calls for five millimetres of rain and sustained winds of 30 km/h or more in the afternoon.

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The city was already being buffeted by similar winds on Sunday.

“The City of Yellowknife wishes to advise residents that, due to tomorrow’s weather forecast, the Canada Day celebrations are being moved inside,” read a statement issued on Sunday.

“There will be live music, food vendors and family-friendly activities taking place in the the Ed Jeske Arena inside the Multiplex, from 12 noon to 6pm.”

The City said the annual Canada Day parade would go ahead as planned outdoors, from the Ruth Inch Memorial Pool through Yellowknife’s downtown to Sir John Franklin High School.

Franklin Avenue between the pool and 48 Street, and 48 Street between Franklin Avenue and Sir John Franklin High School, will be closed to traffic between 11am and 12pm.

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Yellowknife has so far enjoyed a comparatively dry summer to that of 2018, which was one of the wettest in the city’s history.

By the end of June 2018, Yellowknife had already experienced more than 100 mm of rain in that month alone.

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