Free Transit this Saturday, May 13

This Saturday, May 13, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., all transit throughout the city will be free, courtesy of the Dashmesh Culture Centre (DCC) in celebration of the Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan parade.

This unique opportunity to ride free on Transit is paid for by the DCC to provide a safe way for families and individuals to take transit to attend this community event. The DCC encourages all Calgarians to attend, not just those in the Calgary Sikh community or located in the NE Quadrant.

Nagar Kirtan is the second largest annual parade in Alberta, attracting attendees from all areas of the city. It will begin at 10 a.m. at the Dashmesh Culture Centre and end at Prairie Winds Park.

How to get there:

Along with free transit throughout the city, the DCC has arranged for charter bus routes to get you to and from the parade. Take a look below for the route that works for you.

  • Route 555 – Temple-DCC-Castleridge Blvd*
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  • Route 521 – Coral Springs-DCC-Castleridge Blvd* 
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  •  Route 560 – Taradale-DCC-Martindale Station* 
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  • Route 561 – Martindale-DCC-Martindale Station*
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  • Route 514 – Panorama-DCC*
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  • Route 528 – Cornerstone/Redstone-DCC*
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  • Route 545 – Skyview Ranch/Redstone-DCC*
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  • Route 559 – Savanna - Saddleridge-DCC*
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    *After the parade, you can meet all buses at southbound Castleridge Blvd and 54 Avenue NE

  • Route 551 - Saddletowne - DCC - McKnight Station
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    *This bus will run all day from 7:27 a.m. to 6:10 p.m. and provide service to DCC from McKnight Westwinds and Saddletowne stations.

If you’re a business interested in sponsoring free transit, contact us at

Several regular bus routes in the area will be detoured for the parade. Please check the maps below for details:

The following routes will be on detour from 8 a.m. until after the parade:

The following routes will be on detour from 10 a.m. until after the parade: