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june 29, 2017

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Celebrating Canada’s 150th in Ontario.

Plans for this year’s sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation have been in the works for awhile, and some of the events are yearlong, while others take place or launch on Canada Day. We only have room to mention a few but you can check out for lots more things to do and places to stay, and the government has an app which you can download too.


article1_june292017.jpgOttawa is at the centre of a lot of the excitement this year. Enjoy Ottawa’s Sound and Light show – “Northern Lights”, a free, nightly, bilingual multimedia show with music, lights & lasers on Parliament Hill with a “journey through Canada’s history” theme. The new Canadian History Hall opens at the Canadian Museum of History on July 1; explore Canada’s history through diverse experiences & perspectives. Take a fascinating FREE guided tour of Canada’s Parliament. See heritage rooms, discover the history, art and functions of Parliament. Tickets available at 90 Wellington St, across from Parliament Hill.Kontinuum is a free, interactive sound & light fantasy voyage in an unfinished underground light rail transit tunnel—a world first! Til September.


article2_june292017.jpgToronto is no second banana for Canada 150! Queen’s Plate (July 1 & 2) at Woodbine Racetrack celebrates the nation’s finest three-year-old horses highlighted by the prestigious $1-million Queen’s Plate. Canada150 Celebration Train helps celebrate Canada's Birthday with a ride on board a York Durham Heritage Railway heritage train through the Oak Ridges Moraine, with a doors open baggage car & on-board family entertainment. (July 2). Ontario Science Centre’s installation, Canada 150: Discovery Way focuses on the Canadian stories behind transformational inventions and innovations. We’ve had some pretty major ones!

Niagara Falls

article3_june292017.jpgThe Niagara Falls Canada Day Celebration is a 3 day long party in the downtown core featuring entertainment, food vendors, buskers, free birthday cake, a children’s area, art show, car show & the Canada Day Parade on July 1 at 11 am along Victoria & Queen Streets.  Niagara Parks presents the Niagara Falls Concert & Fireworks Series & its live entertainment showcases Ontario-based indie, country & alternative acts each Wednesday night (Queen Victoria Park) to celebrate the sesquicentennial – July 1- Oct. Niagara Parks Commission Floral Showcase has collections of orchids, succulents & other tropical plant species, plus tropical birds and spectacular gardens surrounding the Floral Showhouse.

Other Cool Canada 150 Events

article4_june292017.jpgCheck out some of the other cool ideas that celebrate 150: Coast to Coast Classic and Vintage Tour: 125 classic & vintage cars will drive across Canada in August, stopping to explore the landscapes & to teach people about the history of Canadian transportation.  Mural Mosaic is creating a mural including all provinces & territories, with >80,000 paintings & 150 individual murals that when connected, will form one gigantic mural mosaic to act as a visual time capsule. In Rendez-vous 2017: >40 tall ships will sail Canadian waters in honour of Canada 150, with Ontario stops in Niagara-on-the-Lake: July 3-4, Bath: July 7 – 9, & Hamilton: June 30 -July 2. Have a seat on the  Red Couch Tour:  a red couch will travel across Canada and invite Canadians to sit down to talk about what Canada means to them.


Featured Events

Canada Day 150 celebrations around the GTA

July 1 – 4, 2017 Toronto

featured_event1_june292017.jpgCanada Days! Festivities citywide at Mel Lastman Square, Humber Bay Park West & Scarborough Civic Centre on July 1 AND a 4-day event at Nathan Phillips Square with music, dance, circus, street arts, nightly fireworks & food. Worth checking out.

Almonte Celtfest

July 7-9, 2017 Ottawa

featured_event2_june292017.jpgA fun weekend for everyone. Celtic performances in the amphitheater of Gemmill Park, artisans & vendors, workshops, kids’ activities, refreshments & a true celtic flair! Join us. Admission by donation.

Ontario 150 Tour

July 1 – 13, 2017 At 6 ports across Ontario

featured_event3_june292017.jpgCelebrate Canada’s 150th at 6 waterfront ports on 6 dates in Ontario with festivities for everyone! Follow the world’s largest Rubber Duck, catch the West Coast Lumberjack Show & see Rhythm of the Nation. Live music & interactive entertainment at ports in: Toronto, Owen Sound, Sault Ste Marie, Midland, Amherstberg & Brockville. (see website for dates)

Featured region - cornwall

featured_june292017.jpgIf you haven’t had the chance to explore the beauty and excitement of Cornwall yet, this summer is the time! The area is rich in history, the arts, and outdoor recreation. Stroll, bike, picnic or camp along the waterfront trails, attend fabulous festivals, see live theatre, check out kids’ activities, and enjoy great shopping & gourmet dining. Perfect for a romantic getaway or family trip!



onlyinont_june292017.jpgBeaches International Jazz Festival
Now in its 29th year, Canada’s largest FREE Jazz Festival has grown into a much anticipated summer event that attracts millions of fans from across the globe. Multiple stages, wonderful performances, gourmet food trucks and an exciting vibe combine to create one of the best festivals of the season. July 7-30, 2017 in Beaches neighbourhood on Toronto’s waterfront.

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