Updated: February 2017
With glowing hearts, Canadians are gearing up for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. Here’s how to celebrate the True North with special events and activities taking place in all through 2017.
Canada 150: The Countdown is On! Past event.
In celebration of Canada’s upcoming 150th birthday, the Government of Canada will count down the last 150 days of 2016 by generating surprises that will appear spontaneously throughout the country. Keep your eyes peeled for surprise events and activities in Vancouver.
Dates: Remainder of 2016
Location: Throughout Canada
More information: canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1468262573081
Canada Place Events
Welcoming close to one million people each year, Canada Place hosts the largest Canada Day celebration outside of Ottawa, and 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the event as well as Canada’s 150th. Many of the much-loved elements of past Canada Day at Canada Place events will be in place for an extended two-day celebration (July 1-2), including the Canadian Forces Zone, citizenship ceremony, Youth Zone, food trucks and a fireworks show, with added highlights for 2017.
December 2016: Christmas at Canada Place
June 17, 2017: National Aboriginal Celebration
June 24, 2017: Célébration de la Francophonie
July 1-2, 2017: Canada Day at Canada Place
July and August 2017: Canada Place Summer Series
Location: Canada Place, Vancouver
More information: www.canadaplace.ca
The Vancouver Fringe Festival brings Canadian culture to the stage with two special productions in 2017. REDPATCH is a historical drama centred around a young Métis man from the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation of Vancouver Island who volunteers to fight in WWI on the battlefields of France – collision of cultures and worlds that culminated April 7, 1917, on the fields of Vimy. On the lighter side, The Canada Show – originally created in 2001 by Monster Theatre – toured almost non-stop for 10 years. In 2017, Canada’s 150th Anniversary will bring The Canada Show out of retirement with brand-new material and three comedic historians attempting to jam 15,000 years of Canadian history into one hour. Featuring Justin Beaver, the comedy team of Cabot and Costello, Jacques Cartier Puppets and every Canadian Prime Minister in one minute, this show takes you from the Bering Straight to Justin Trudeau in 60 laugh-packed minutes.
Dates: April-June 2017
Location: The Revue Stage, Vancouver
More information: www.TheatreWire.com
Long Table Canadian Supper
Enjoy Canadian comfort food at it’s finest at Timber’s Long Table Canadian Suppers. Cheer to Canada’s 150th birthday with Caesars and local craft beer, before tucking into deep-fried cheese curds and bison burger. For dessert, roast your own marshmallows around the Timber campfire and indulge in tasty s'mores. Did we mention Timber is home to a taxidermy beaver and a Canada goose?
Dates: All of 2017
More information: timbervancouver.com
Edible Canada’s “Over the Top” Canada 150 Celebration
To mark Canada's 150th birthday, Edible Canada – the nation's largest culinary tourism company –in cooperation with Finisterra Travel and Air North, will lead a week-long adventure. Titled "A Once in a Lifetime Trip Across the Top of Canada," the tour wines, dines and wows guests with stops in Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Rankin Inlet, Iqaluit and St. John's, Newfoundland, with stunning meals at each stop crafted by some of the country's most accomplished and celebrated chefs.
Dates: June 16-23, 2017
Location: Various locations in Canada
More information: www.ediblecanada.com/event/flight-across-the-top-of-canada
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
Commemorate Canada’s 150th with complimentary admission in 2017, as well as a new feature exhibit. As with most Parks Canada sites throughout the country, regular admission will be free for visitors throughout 2017 (this includes general admission to the museum, but does not include group programs and special events). In 2017, feature exhibit, “Salmon and Cod”, will explore the historic and current importance of fishing to the economies, cultures, and communities, spanning Coastal BC and the Maritimes. The Cannery’s public programs will focus on the cultural diversity of people who have contributed to these industries.
Dates: All 2017 Location: Richmond
More information: gulfofgeorgiacannery.org
The Wine World Celebrates Canada's 150th at 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival
Canada turns 150 next year and the Vancouver International Wine Festival has invited the wine world to the party. And the wine world has responded: the festival will feature more than 100 international wineries and about 75 Canadian wineries at Canada’s premier wine show. The Canadian lineup includes wineries from British Columbia, Ontario and, for the first time, Nova Scotia. The 39th annual VIWF takes place February 11 to 19 and features wines from 16 countries; the theme is The Wine World Celebrates Canada.
Dates: February 11-19, 2017
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre West
More information: www.vanwinefest.ca
The Loden Hotel's Special Rate
To celebrate Canada’s 150th, The Loden wants to give you the freedom to explore more. And while they recognize most won’t be able to explore all of Canada, they will be sending you on the ultimate flying ride with FlyOver Canada. FlyOver Canada is a virtual journey across Canada exploring more than 6,000 kms from coast to coast while never leaving Vancouver.
Your explore more offer includes the list below and more:
Two FlyOver Canada tickets per reservation
Complimentary Wireless Internet (throughout the hotel & in your guest room)
Yoga Props in your Guest Room
Electra-Townie Cruiser Bikes
Complimentary Downtown Dropoff Service in the Loden Cab
from $289 per night. See here for details.