2017 is Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation and of Ontario as a province. Join the year-round festivities and be a part of the country’s biggest party on July 1st for Canada Day!
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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, all national parks will be free, and there will be numerous celebrations throughout the year. Look for Agri 150, unique one-day events and Ignite 150, a series of epic stunts and gatherings, in the Ottawa area. The City of Windsor has double the reason to cheer, this year marks its 125th birthday.
Celebrate our nation’s 150th birthday, Canada Day, on July 1st.
The epicentre of Ontario150 celebrations will be the nation’s capital, with events taking place all year round to honour Ottawa2017. Canada Day promises to be a giant party on Parliament Hill featuring concerts, fireworks and plenty of red and white. Raise a toast at the 150th Beer Pavilion: Ottawa Beer Fest in Landsdowne Park, June 16–18 or at the Ottawa Craft Beer Festival, August 26-28 - choose from 150 craft beers.
See larger-than-life dragon and spider mechanical creatures roam Ottawa’s streets during La Machine, July 27–30. For insight on Canada’s diversity, check out Love Thy Land: The Making of Canada’s History at the Bytown Museum, July 2–8. Or see our history through art at the National Gallery of Canada’s new exhibit “Our Masterpieces, Our Stories” starting June 17. Wander through Inspiration Village, an aesthetic artistic installation in the ByWard Market and commemorate your visit with a selfie by the Ottawa letters.
TO Canada with Love is Toronto’s schedule of Canada150 events, including the annual bash at Mel Lastman Square. Wish our country a happy 150TH birthday in Niagara Falls, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, Parry Sound or Sarnia. Other locations to enjoy Canada Day fireworks and celebrations include Blue Mountain Village, Canada’s Wonderland and North Bay Waterfront.
Don your red and white on Canada Day at Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay and enjoy historical dramas, games, entertainment, and free birthday cake! Hamilton Halton Brant is rolling out the red carpet with six unforgettable Canadiana-inspired day trip ideas.
The Canada Day weekend is a popular one at Ontario’s Provincial Parks or set out for a hike on one of our Trails of Distinction, a legacy program initiated in celebration of Ontario150. The World’s largest rubber duck will be joining in on Ontario150 celebrations this summer, with waterfront programming in Toronto for the Redpath Waterfront Festival, Canada Day weekend, as well as Owen Sound, Sault Ste. Marie, Midland, Amherstburg and Brockville. Nautical enthusiasts can visit the historic tall ships that will be docking in 30 Canadian ports over the summer.
Each September Ontario is host to the annual Toronto International Film Festival, with celebrity stars and stargazers flocking to Toronto. Check out the Essential 150 Canadian retrospective this year. Sudbury will be celebrating over 400 years of French presence in Ontario with bilingual entertainment during Le French Fest 150 on September 23.