Ontario 150: Events Across the Province for Canada 150
The year-long Canada 150 events are well underway, but spring/summer is when things really start to heat up – both literally and figuratively! While many events are happening across the country on July 1st, there are events happening in Ontario throughout the summer and into the fall/winter. Show some Ontario 150 pride all across the province at these special events.
Board the H.M.C.S. Haida in Hamilton, Ontario, for The “Fightingest” Weekend from June 10-11, 2017. This WWII themed event focuses on heritage with a 1940s twist! Enjoy guided tours and film presentations, as well as the “Shore Leave Party” on the Saturday night. The party features a swing band so you can experience the dance hall days of the 40s. Discounted prices for Canada 150 – only $7.30 for adults!
Did you know that for a short time Kingston, Ontario, was the capital? From 1841-1844 Kingston was the capital of the United Provinces. First Capital Day celebrates this on June 15, 2017 at City Park. This historical event invites school groups and the general public to learn more about Kingston’s role in Canadian history through displays and presentations. See history come alive, including a town crier and experience what Kingston was like in the 1800s.
Sesquifest in London, Ontario, is a signature 150 event running from June 29 to July 3, 2017. Enjoy animations, unique programming, and entertainment. See a 360-degree film, live music and more. This is a one-time only event! This is happening at the Budweiser Gardens Lot.
For those north of Toronto looking to celebrate this historic birthday, you can head to Markham for the Markham Expo 150 event. This is the city’s signature Canada 150 event, which will include live performances, vendors, and fun activities for the whole family. It’s all happening on September 10, 2017, at the Markham Civic Centre.
If you’re in cottage country for Canada 150, there are amazing events happening in communities throughout Muskoka. Have you ever played pickleball? This hybrid of tennis, badminton and ping-pong is as fun as it sounds. Play 150 games of pickleball in Port Carling at the Port Carling Arena on June 15, 2017, and get t-shirt and food for signing up. This event comes at a cost, but you will earn bragging rights for playing a lot of pickleball! Register for a full or half day.
Niagara Falls is a popular summer spot as it is, add in Canada 150 and you have a party! The signature event in The Falls is a free Matthew Good concert on August 26, 2017, at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. This is a 19+ event. The 150 Fun Fest in the Falls is taking place all day long leading up to this show.
While we all know that the main event for Canada 150 will be happening on Parliament Hill on July 1, 2017, but there are events happening all over Ottawa this year. One unique event happens the day after Canada Day on July 2nd – Picnic on the Bridge is actually an interprovincial event on the Alexandra Bridge that connects Ottawa to Gatineau over the Ottawa River. Enjoy lunch on the bridge as it’s transformed into a gorgeous greenspace overlooking the water, with Parliament as your backdrop.
Celebrate Canada on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Peterborough’s 150 Downtown Pop-up event! Enjoy an indigenous celebration, a ribbon cutting, a picnic, music, a live chainsaw carving contest, art shows, and more!
SAULT STE MARIE
For those in Canada’s northwestern regions, enjoy Canada 150 Seniors Tea and Fashion Show “Petticoats to Ponchos” in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. This special event pairs up local students with seniors to model fashions from 1867 to present day. There will be music, tea, sandwiches and desserts. This is taking place Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the Seniors Drop-in Centre. 55+ event.
As the capital city of Ontario, it’s natural that there will be plenty of Canada 150 events happening all across Toronto this year. One such event is the Indigenous Arts Festival on National Aboriginal Day. This festival celebrates Indigenous and Métis culture at the Fort York National Historic Site from June 21-25. This event is free! You can make crafts, see live performances, watch films, and more!
Your community wasn’t mentioned? Not to worry, there are events happening all over in every city and town! Join the party and celebrate this big beautiful country of ours wherever you are!