It may be the year 2017 but across Canada the number is ‘150’. It’s the year Canada celebrates its sesquicentenary – in other words, its 150th anniversary as a nation.
July 1st, 1867 is the day Canada became a singular nation instead of a group of British colonies – a transition now referred to as confederation.
With such a massive anniversary to celebrate, keeping track of all the events happening throughout the year and across the whole country is not a simple task.
Canada 150 Event Listing App
One of the easiest ways to get ahead on planned events and festivities is through official guides and apps. One great option is the Passport 2017 app, available at no charge on both the Apple App Store and Google Play. Passport 2017 provides a full guide to the Canada 150 celebrations and was developed in part by the Canadian Government.
To list even a fraction of what’s been planned would be exhaustive. But here’s some of what to expect across Canada:
Canada 150 Events
- National Canadian Film Day 150: a one-day celebration on April 19, with the whole nation celebrating Canadian cinema as one. Community groups will host screenings with resources from Reel Canada.
- Toronto International Film Festival: another cinematic event to look forward to is the Canada on Screen showcase at TIFF, celebrating the past through screening 150 Canadian films, shorts, and animated features. TIFF also takes a step into the future through the 2167 exhibit, using virtual reality to provide a possible glimpse into Canada’s future.
- Innovation150: A traveling exhibit that is the result of a collaboration between several national scientific institutes, Innovation150 will showcase a wide array of modern gadgets and scientific advancements. Celebrating Canadian innovation in the sciences, no fewer than 60 different communities across Canada are on the Innovation150 schedule across 2017.
And these are just some of the bigger events – from project competitions to multi-day sports events, and from youth group events to social forums, the calendar across Canada is filled with every kind of event and every possible mode of expression for Canada’s anniversary.
And then there are local celebrations, exhibitions and special events planned to make the most of Canada 150, which is named Niagara 150 in the Niagara Region. In Niagara Falls, for example, some of the local celebrations include:
Niagara 150 in the Falls Events
- A special anniversary rendition of the popular Niagara Icewine Festival.
- New monuments acknowledging the First Nations
- New expeditions and events at Fort Erie
- Plans for public concerts
- Extended Fireworks shows and much, much more
As more and more community groups announce their own Niagara contributions to the celebrations or sign up to support the parades and exhibitions already announced, the events calendar is only going to get more and more vibrant as the year goes on. Canada Day – 1 July, the date of confederation – is going to be a particular lightning rod for parades and celebration.
All of Canada and particularly Niagara Falls are set to celebrate Canada 150 with Niagara 150.
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