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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
A First Nations festival that will include performances and a village of life-size housing structures from different First Nations.
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.
This walk brings together people from all communities and cultures to demonstrate a commitment to reconciliation during the Canada 150+ celebrations.