Travel Guide to Canada - - Table Of Contents - BY LAURA BYRNE PAQUET

This year marks Canada’s 150th an­niver­sary, and Cana­di­ans are us­ing the oc­ca­sion as the spring­board for a dizzy­ing ar­ray of cel­e­bra­tions and art projects. The com­mem­o­ra­tions range from Sky Lounge, a din­ner party on a plat­form sus­pended 46 m (150 ft.) above the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, to a tall ships re­gatta that will visit six provinces.

Want to join in the fun? One of the best op­por­tu­ni­ties will be on Canada Day, July 1, when com­mu­ni­ties large and small will cel­e­brate with fire­works, con­certs and more. Here are just a few of the many, many other ways to en­joy Canada’s big birth­day party through­out 2017.


In Toronto, the TIFF Bell Light­box—head­quar­ters of the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val—is run­ning a free pro­gram of Cana­dian movies all year long (www.tiff. net). Movie buffs can also check out Na­tional Cana­dian Film Day 150 on April 19, when more than 600 screen­ings of Cana­dian movies will take place na­tion­wide (www.cana­di­an­film­

North: A Pan-Ter­ri­to­rial Cel­e­bra­tion— mid-Oc­to­ber to mid-Novem­ber—will be a se­ries of events fea­tur­ing per­form­ers, artists, and Dene, Inuit and Arc­tic ath­letes from the Yukon, the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries and Nu­navut (

The Toronto Sym­phony Or­ches­tra is co­or­di­nat­ing with some 40 en­sem­bles across the coun­try to pro­duce Canada Mo­saic, a year-long se­ries of per­for­mances of Cana­dian com­po­si­tions (canadamo­saic.tso. ca). Also for clas­si­cal mu­sic fans, the Na­tional Youth Or­ches­tra will stop in 12 cities across the coun­try to per­form new works dur­ing The Edges of Canada Tour, July 20 to Au­gust 15. In se­lect cities, the or­ches­tra will per­form with Na­tive Cana­dian artists or the Na­tional Youth Choir (­guage=en_CA&).


Sev­eral re­gions are cel­e­brat­ing the coun­try’s an­niver­sary with epic run­ning events. For in­stance, Man­i­toba’s Canada 150 Ul­tra­ma­rathon on Canada Day winds through 241 km (150 mi.) of forests and hills in the Cana­dian Shield (www.cana­da150ul­, and the Sco­tia­bank Cal­gary Marathon—May 25 to 28—is run­ning

spe­cial solo and re­lay 150K (93 mi.) races this year (­gar­y­


As a huge birth­day present to the coun­try, Parks Canada is of­fer­ing free ad­mis­sion to all of its na­tional parks, na­tional marine con­ser­va­tion ar­eas and na­tional his­toric sites through­out 2017. As just three ex­am­ples of ways to put this to good use: see Canada’s high­est moun­tain in Klu­ane Na­tional Park and Re­serve in the Yukon, spot bel­uga whales right from the shore in Sague­nay–St. Lawrence Marine Park in Québec, or tour Green Gables Her­itage Place—which in­spired the set­ting of the clas­sic chil­dren’s novel Anne of Green Gables—in Prince Ed­ward Is­land. The free Dis­cov­ery Pass is avail­able at

The Great Trail is also sched­uled for com­ple­tion in 2017. Con­ceived 25 years ago dur­ing Canada’s 125th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, the na­tion-span­ning net­work of recre­ational trails will stretch al­most

24,000 km (14,913 mi.) and cross ev­ery prov­ince and ter­ri­tory—there’s even a trail across the tip of Baf­fin Is­land in Nu­navut (www.the­great­


In the Peace Liard re­gion of north­ern Bri­tish Co­lum­bia, artists and other res­i­dents are col­lab­o­rat­ing on a project to cel­e­brate both Canada’s big birth­day and the 75th an­niver­sary of the Alaska High­way. They are trans­form­ing one of the ma­chines used to build the high­way into a piece of steam­punk art (www.peaceliar­­cial-projects/pub­lic-art-sculp­ture).

A char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion called Part­ners in Art is co­or­di­nat­ing Land Marks 2017, June 10 to 25, a se­ries of con­tem­po­rary art in­stal­la­tions in or near na­tional parks, marine con­ser­va­tion ar­eas and his­toric sites (­marks, in­clud­ing Pingo Cana­dian Landmark in the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries and Gros Morne Na­tional Park in New­found­land and Labrador.

An­other na­tion­wide project, Canada 150 Mo­saic, will see the cre­ation of 150 mu­rals in com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try, with rail­roads as the con­nect­ing theme (www.cana­da150­mo­

The Win­nipeg Art Gallery is co­or­di­nat­ing ART EX­PRESS’D (, in which three ship­ping con­tain­ers con­verted into mo­bile art stu­dios will travel across the coun­try to en­cour­age the pub­lic to ex­press their feel­ings about Canada in art—June to Au­gust.


The Cana­dian Mu­seum of Im­mi­gra­tion at Pier 21 in Hal­i­fax be­gan cel­e­brat­ing Canada’s big birth­day early by de­vel­op­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion called Canada: Day 1 as a Canada 150 le­gacy project. Fo­cus­ing on new­com­ers’ first im­pres­sions of their new home, the ex­hi­bi­tion has been criss­cross­ing the coun­try for sev­eral years. This year, two ver­sions of it will be on dis­play si­mul­ta­ne­ously in spe­cial recog­ni­tion of the coun­try’s an­niver­sary: one at the

Canada Mu­seum of His­tory in Gatineau, Québec from June 2017 to Jan­uary 2018, and the other at the Hal­i­fax mu­seum from April to Oc­to­ber 2017 (­day-1-trav­el­ling-ex­hi­bi­tion-sched­ule).

In Toronto, the On­tario Sci­ence Cen­tre is pre­sent­ing Canada 150: Dis­cov­ery Way, an in­stal­la­tion cel­e­brat­ing Cana­dian sci­en­tific achieve­ments. It will run through­out 2017 (www.on­tar­io­science­cen­­en­dar/336).


Ren­dez-vous 2017, a re­gatta of over

40 tall ships, will be vis­it­ing more than 30 com­mu­ni­ties in On­tario, Québec and At­lantic Canada be­tween June 30 and Au­gust 20 (

In Mon­tréal, a $39-mil­lion project will see the landmark Jac­ques Cartier Bridge il­lu­mi­nated with thou­sands of lights that will change colour for dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions through­out the year, to cel­e­brate Canada’s birth­day and the 375th an­niver­sary of the city’s found­ing. The il­lu­mi­na­tions start on May 17.

Ot­tawa, the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, is also host­ing a huge range of sesqui­cen­ten­nial events. They in­clude the Sky Lounge, the afore­men­tioned din­ner in the sky (July 7 to 22), a mul­ti­me­dia show in a soon-to-open un­der­ground tran­sit sta­tion (June to Septem­ber), huge me­chan­i­cal crea­tures— La Ma­chine—mak­ing their way through the city core from July 22 to 26 and a planned il­lu­mi­na­tion of Chaudière Falls late in the year (www.ot­

In spring, 150 com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try will bloom with red and white tulips as part of the 150 Cel­e­bra­tion Gar­den pro­gram (www.canadas­gar­den­ Many are small towns and vil­lages, such as Salt­coats, Saskatchewan, and Hills­bor­ough, New Brunswick.

Van­cou­ver hosts the sec­ond-largest Canada Day bash in the coun­try, out­side of Ot­tawa, and this year the cel­e­bra­tions at Canada Place will go on for three days, with food trucks, fire­works, a cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony and more (


That’s just a taste of the events com­ing up. For more in­for­ma­tion on Canada 150 projects across the coun­try, please see; NEW YEAR’S EVE, IG­NIT­ING OT­TAWA 2017 CEL­E­BRA­TIONS •...

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