With glowing hearts, Canadians are gearing up for Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. 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 national spirit and pride! Lonely Planet named Canada its number one country to visit in 2017, in no small part thanks to their year-long party!
In the City of Vancouver, these celebrations will be known as "Canada 150+" in recognition of the much longer history that the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations people have in the area. Fittingly, the City's own official Canada 150+ events are centered 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 just a few of the events taking place:
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, a game of cribbage, and make your own s'mores at the Timber campfire!
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 (this is located on Vancouver's Harbourfront - and same location where the cruise ships depart for Alaska cruises)
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.