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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. The epicentre of Ontario150 celebrations will be the nation’s capital, with events taking place all year round to honour Ottawa2017. 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.

TO Canada with Love is the City of Toronto's series of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday. The program is Toronto's cultural love letter to the country, offering a rich tapestry of more than 30 City-produced events taking place across the city throughout 2017. 


Each fall 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. 

Downtown Hamilton rocks during Supercrawl, an annual art and indie music festival. Savour the remaining warm evenings during Nuit Blanche, Toronto's free all-night contemporary art event. 

Don lederhosen or dirndl and get to a Festhallen for Canada’s greatest Bavarian event, Oktoberfest in Waterloo Region, the world’s largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany. This nine-day festival features 15 beer halls, a Thanksgiving parade, sporting and culture events and special family friendly activities. Prost!

Harvest fairs and festivals follow, with the Port Elgin's PumpkinfestNiagara Wine Festival and Bala Cranberry Festival while the kids celebrate Halloween. Experience the award-winning outdoor exhibit of 7,000 hand-carved, lit up pumpkins at night druing Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village. Discovery Harbour’s Pumpkinferno also features pumpkins, as well as the Terror Zone! Embark upon a spooky tour at Fort William Historical Park during Haunted Fort Night or join the Celtic celebration of music and dance at the Algoma Fall Festival in October.


Enjoy winter carnivals that warm you up with exciting events and activities. There’s the annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Ottawa's WinterludeFirst Night in Midland, Sault Ste. Marie's Bon Soo Carnival, Niagara Falls’ Winter Festival of LightsAlight at Night at Upper Canada and the Festival of Northern Lights, in Owen Sound.


Spring brings sweet maple treats at the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival, the Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival or at Prince Edward County's Maple in the County. Gather with friends and family for firework displays on Victoria Day each May, marvel at the spectacle of colour during the Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa.


Celebrate our nation’s birthday, Canada Day, on July 1st across the province. Join the nation’s capital for a giant party on Parliament Hill featuring concerts, fireworks and plenty of red and white or wish our country a happy birthday in Toronto at Mel Lastman Square. There is always a lot going on for Canada Day in Niagara Falls or take to the outdoors – the Canada Day weekend is a popular one at Ontario’s Provincial Parks. Get your camping spot early and take advantage of the natural beauty and great amenities Ontario’s parks have to offer. Other Canada Day fireworks and celebrations include Blue Mountain VillageCanada’s Wonderland and North Bay Waterfront. Toronto heats up every summer with Pride, the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival and Luminato Festival.

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2017 is Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary of Confederation and of Ontario as a province. Join the year-round celebration that's 150 years in the making.

Kevin Forget


In 2017, Canada's capital is where you'll want to be for the nation's 150th birthday! Check out the big, bold, immersive and moving experiences that will complement national celebrations and annual events and festivals.