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Canada getting ready to celebrate its 150th birthday

Canada getting ready to celebrate its 150th birthday

Posted by PanamericanWorld on April 11, 2017

Our nation’s capital region will obviously be celebration central this summer. Starting in June, the Lyon station in the new Ottawa Metro transit system, due to open next year, will feature a multimedia, underground light show put on by world-renowned Moment Factory. July 1 will feature the usual parades and dignitaries, plus what promises to be the loudest and most explosive set of fireworks Canadians have ever seen. On July 2 the Ottawa 2017 group is staging a picnic for thousands of people on the Alexandra Bridge, which spans the Ottawa River and connects Quebec and Ontario. Alas, the event is sold out. From July 27 to 30 the folks at La Machine, a French company, will parade giant, mechanized spiders and fire-breathing dragons on city streets. And you thought the folks in the Canadian Senate were scary. Other events include the YOWTTAWA music fest and the Grey Cup game in November to determine the Canadian Football League champion. On Dec. 16, Montreal will take on Ottawa in an outdoor NHL game at Lansdowne Park. More info at:

ACROSS THE COUNTRY -  Canadian national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas are free to everyone this year as a way of celebrating the big 1-5-0. There’s also no charge to use Parks Canada locks on our historic canals, including the Rideau. Things are going to get mighty crowded at the big boys like Banff and Jasper, and any parks close to major population centres. If you haven’t planned a trip already, try venturing to your favourite park in spring or fall instead of summer. Or try a lesser-known national park. A tiny handful of our parks get the lion’s share of visitors, which means there are hundreds of parks and sites you can enjoy with hardly any crowds. And, this year, at no cost. If you don’t have your season pass yet, CIBC from now until August will be giving out Parks Canada passes at all their banking centres. More info at:

NEWFOUNDLAND -  Be among the first Canadians to celebrate Canada Day 2017 with a sunrise ceremony on Signal Hill in St. John’s, one of the easternmost points of land in Canada. The Bonavista Peninsula will host the Bonavista Biennale from Aug. 16 to Sept. 17, a visual art installation of 25 artists along a 50-km loop that includes historic outport communities.

EDMONTON - Alberta Artists will create five original sculptural works of art on Capital Boulevard as a way of creating a legacy for our 150th birthday. The sculptures are meant to serve as lasting landmarks and should give a further boost to a city that’s already seeing an explosion of new restaurants and downtown condos. The first work of art is slated for unveiling on July 1. That day also will see feature Alberta artists performing on the grounds of the provincial legislative building. 

TORONTO -  The Redpath Waterfront Festival will be held July 1-3, with live music, food from top local chefs and nautical activities. There’s also a Toronto Festival of Beer July 28-30, with offerings from every province. The TIFF Lightbox (used for the city’s annual film festival) is hosting Canada on Screen 2017, a free, year-long program highlighting the best in Canadian cinema. City hotels also are getting into the act. The Ritz Carlton has an 1867 package, including accommodation in a Simcoe Suite overlooking the city, a Canadian-themed amenity and a $150 credit at the lovely spa and at the hotel restaurant, TOCA.

VANCOUVER -  The progressive folks in Vancouver are celebrating what they call Canada 150+, with a focus on not just the last 150 years but also on telling the much longer history of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations People in the lower mainland of B.C. The magic of a salmon run will be displayed on the Cambie Bridge in a “cinematic spectacle” that runs from June to late September.

NEW BRUNSWICK -  Tall ships taking part in Rendezvous 2017 will be docked in Caraquet, NB from June 30 to July 2. The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra will kick off its Canada 150 tour with a world premiere performance of its commissioned Canada 150 song composed by Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore.

SASKATCHEWAN - The province will be offering free park entry to all provincial parks on July 1 and again on July 15, Canada’s Parks Day. In addition, they will have special events throughout the summer, including a province-wide “geo-cache challenge.”

MONTREAL - The big focus this year is the city’s 375th birthday, which is being celebrated with a series of festivals and events. One of the biggest shows, which honors both Montreal’s 375th and Canada’s 150th birthdays, is the illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge with a massive installation of LED lights that will be activated in real time (don’t ask me how) by the seasons and “by the energy of the city.”

VICTORIA - From June 21 to Canada Day, the city will host Spirit of 150; 11 days of free outdoor events in the city’s Inner Harbour. The event will feature live music, diverse foods and fireworks.

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