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Canada Day Parking Hard to Come By for Revelers

July 1, 2010 5:51 PM | News

It may be a holiday, but you can’t escape the same traffic jams you experience on a workday.

Lineups were the scene at every Canada Day venue in Winnipeg on Thursday, as thousands took advantage of the 30-degree weather under sunny skies, with the odd cloudy period.

The above shot was Corydon Avenue as vehicles lined up to get inside Assiniboine Park. The smart thing to do would have been to enter from the far entrance closer to Charleswood, as many spots were available and revelers were being taken in on courtesy golf carts.

Some folks had to park as far away as Chalfont Road, where a few residents decided to take advantage of the situation and start charging motorists to park in their driveways.

On the other side of town at The Forks, parking was hard to come by as early as 11 a.m. Lombard Avenue was lined with vehicles, as people lugged their lawn chairs over to the Scotiabank Stage in preparation for this evening’s entertainment. A 20-minute fireworks display will close out the evening at 11 p.m.

Over in Osborne Village, a G20-style protest was turning heads as people gathered to show their solidarity with protesters still being held in Toronto jails after last weekend’s riots. The Winnipeg protest was peaceful in nature, as organizers expressed their opinions over megaphones for a short time before moving on to another venue.

Submitted photo by Matt Cundill/ChrisD.ca photo

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