Canada's 150th Birthday Celebrations

Throughout 2017, communities across the country will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. From arts and culture festivals, to fireworks, exhibitions and sporting events, the country will come together to toast the nation’s sesquicentennial birthday, and show our national spirit and pride! Canadians are being encouraged to explore their own country, but the “Canada 150” celebrations are a great time for all travelers to discover this country. Lonely Planet named Canada its number one country to visit in 2017, in no small part thanks to our year-long party!

In the City of Vancouver, these celebrations will be known as “Canada 150+” in recognition of the much longer history that our Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations people have in the area. Fittingly, the City’s own official Canada 150+ events are centred around this theme. Many of the celebrations will be focused around Canada Day on July 1, but throughout the year you’ll find plenty of reasons to raise a glass to Canada and wish her a happy birthday. Here are some of our favourite Canada 150 celebrations in and around Vancouver, but check back often as we’ll be adding more events to the list throughout the year.

Parks Canada and National Historic Sites

Throughout 2017, various locations

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, Parks Canada is offering free general admission to National Parks, National Historic Sites and Marine Conservation Areas across the country. Those in the Metro Vancouver area include the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Richmond, and Fort Langley National Historic Site.

Long Table Canadian Supper & Cask Nights

Throughout 2017, Timber Restaurant, downtown Vancouver

Tuck into some quintessentially Canadian cuisine paired with local craft beers and Caesars! Timber’s regular dinner series is a great chance to enjoy a casual feast prepared with local ingredients.

The Wine World Celebrates Canada at Vancouver International Wine Festival

February 11 – 19, various locations in downtown Vancouver

With Canada chosen as the theme country for the 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival, 76 wineries from British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia will be highlighted via tastings, dinners, workshops and seminars.

Spring Lights Illumination

March 31 – April 1, Queen Elizabeth Park

As part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, the blooms at Queen Elizabeth Park will form a natural canvas for light projections, telling the story of Canada’s evolution as a cultural mosaic through digital media art, dance and music created by local artists.

Vancouver Fringe Festival “TheatreWire” Productions: REDPATCH & The Canada Show

April – June, Revue Theatre, Granville Island

TheatreWire is presenting two productions to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. REDPATCH tells the story of a young Metis man who volunteers to fight in the First World War, while The Canada Show jams 15,000 years of Canadian history into one hilarious hour.

Across the Top of Canada

June 16 - 23, 2017

Join Edible Canada President Eric Pateman on what promises to be a once in a lifetime trip which will showcase the best of the Canadian North on our nation’s 150th Anniversary, celebrating our extraordinary cultural heritage. Expect sightseeing and cultural experiences, epic meals and lots of free time to plan your own northern adventures!


June to late September, Cambie Bridge

This summer, as part of Canada 150 celebrations UNINTERRUPTED brings a wild salmon-bearing river to the heart of the city. Audiences will be immersed in the extraordinary migration of wild Pacific salmon through a 30-minute cinematic spectacle. Nearly one kilometer of the bridge will become a canvas, transformed through a unique blend of visual storytelling and advanced projection technology to reveal the drama of the natural world.

Canada 150+ Murals

July onwards – various sites throughout the City of Vancouver

The City of Vancouver has commissioned First Nations artists to create public artworks and murals celebrating Canada 150+ across the city, including some high-profile sites like the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Larwill Park.

Canada Day at Canada Place

July 1 - 3 – Canada Place, downtown Vancouver

Canada Day at Canada Place is always a big deal, but this year, it’s going to be bigger than ever! This year it extends to three whole days of concerts, a parade and of course, the fireworks out over the water.

The Drum is Calling Festival

July 22 – 30 – Larwill Park, downtown Vancouver

A First Nations festival that will include performances and a village of life-size housing structures from different First Nations.

The Gathering of Canoes

July 19 – 22 – Jericho Beach

Around 5,000 canoe families are expected to stop at Jericho Beach on their journey to Campbell River during the annual Tribal Journeys event for indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest.

Walk for Reconciliation

September TBA – Location TBA

This walk brings together people from all communities and cultures to demonstrate a commitment to reconciliation during the Canada 150+ celebrations.