As if we didn’t need another reason to be Proud to be Canadian, 2017 marks our 150th anniversary and Canadians are celebrating all year long! With plenty of official and non-official events taking place across the country, Canadians are ready to commemorate this milestone of the True North with special events and festivals taking place from Vancouver to Halifax.

Starting in Canada’s Capitol, Ottawa is the place to be to celebrate Canada’s birthday on July 1st.  The festivities will take place on Parliament Hill, downtown parks and on the streets of Ottawa. Join the festival fun on Canada day and be sure to check out the rest of the events happening all year long! Some noteworthy events are the Sky Lounge, Red Bull Ralleycross and La Machine.
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In addition to their Canada Day events, Ottawa will host the biggest horticultural event in Canada. Located at Jacques-Cartier Park, the Mosaiculture theme is a technique that combines sculptures with plants and will extend almost one kilometer in length! The theme of MosaïCanada 150 / Gatineau 2017 will reflect on Canada’s 150 years of history and will showcase more than 30 different arrangements.
Can’t make it to our nations capitol? What better way to celebrate Canada’s birthday than a four-day festival in Toronto? From July 1- 3 the festivities will start at Nathan Phillips Square on Canada Day and continue its remaining days at North York and Scarborough Civic Centre’s, and Etobicoke Colonel Samuel Smith Park. The event will host musical performances from across Canada, as well as artists from around the world.
With so many events happening in Toronto to celebrate Canada’s big birthday it can be hard to narrow down which events to. This July, Toronto is set to host the largest sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people at the North American Indigenous Games! The games will unite people across North America through sport and celebration. In addition to 14 sport categories being held in different venues across the GTA, a five-day cultural celebration will take place from July 17-22. The festival will include music, cuisine, artist, traditional artisans and nightly entertainment of indigenous culture.
Collingwood is a place that is active all year ‘round. Known as Ontario’s four season hideaway, The Blue Mountain Village has celebratory events all year ‘round. Come immerse yourself in the great outdoors by making your way to the highest point of Canada’s longest hiking trail. Osler Bluff Lookout will give you panoramic views of Ontario’s rolling countryside and the Niagara escarpment. There are also several things to do for Canada Day too!
Often referred to as the Hamptons of Canada, Prince Edward County is home to one of the best beaches in Canada. Sandbanks Provincial Park offers beautiful sandy beaches and panoramic views of Lake Ontario. Surrounded by quaint countryside and towering limestone cliffs, The County is one of Ontario’s top wine and culinary destinations. You will find plenty to do in this quaint, but tourist-favourite area during the long weekend.
Located on the St. Lawrence River, The Thousand Islands is one not to miss. Whether you celebrate Canada Day with fireworks in Brockville, or explore the culture and historic sites from beyond the shoreline on a midnight fireworks cruise on July 4th. View a spectacular firework display with the historic Boldt Castle in the background. Enjoy live entertainment and see the island like you have never seen before.
Northumberland County is home to many exciting community festivals and events.  In celebration of Canada’s 150, Parks Canada has waived all lockage fees on the Trent-Severn Waterway. To Celebrate come out on Saturday July 15, where the Trent Hills Canada 150 Flotilla Festival will host a spectacular parade of heritage boats, local food and other festivities on the waterway.
Ontario’s leading cottage destination, Muskoka Ontario, is hosting events all summer long! Theres plenty of Canadian heritage in Muskoka, and as one of Canadas favourite destinations for cottaging and enjoying lake life, there is much to be discovered to celebrate Canada 150. Check out some of their exciting events here.
Spend some time in Hamilton this July and visit the rare sight of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. In celebration of Canada’s 150, the ships are returning to Pier 8 since their first successful visit back in 2013. Come out and see this rare event as 11 Tall Ships come to Hamilton’s waterfront for a three-day event!
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If you’re ready to escape Ontario but not sure where you should go first? Now throughout 2017, Parks Canada is offering visitors free admission to all national parks across Canada. The Discovery Pass offers unlimited access to all national parks, national marine conservations and national historic sites! However with 46 parks across Canada it can be hard to narrow down which ones to see and which ones you may end up missing. A couple breathtaking ones to take note of are; Thousand Islands National Park (Ontario), Prince Edward Island National Park (Ontario), Banff National Park (Alberta), Gros Morne National Park (Newfoundland), Nahanni National Park Reserve (Northwest Territories).
Happy #Canada150!

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