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8 Ways to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary

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8 Ways to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary

Oh Canada, what a grand old land! Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and there’s no better reason to visit this diverse nation of cosmopolitan cities, stunning wilderness vistas, and friendly folk.

To help get your itinerary started, here are just a few of the spectacular sights you can expect to see in the world’s second largest country.

8 Ways to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary
Beautiful landscape with Rocky Mountains and famous Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

First off, visitors to any and all of Canada’s national parks, marine conservation areas, and historic sites will enjoy free admission through 2017. That’s one spectacular birthday present! Outstanding places to check out include Banff National Park (Canada’s first national park), and Wapusk National Park, home to a one-of-a-kind polar bear community.

8 Ways to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary
MONTREAL International Jazz Festival

Music fans definitely don’t want to miss Quebec’s, “The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.” Billed as the world’s biggest jazz festival, attendees are presented with hundreds of concerts. The event runs from June 29 to July 9.

8 Ways to Celebrate Canada's 150th AnniversaryIf flowers are more your thing, “Canada Blooms,” runs from March 10 to 19 in Toronto. It’s been called Canada’s largest garden and flower fest, and features breathtaking flower displays and as well as gigantic garden exhibitions. This year’s theme is, “Oh! Canada.”

While in town, be sure to check out The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s, “Canada Mosaic,” a gala celebration that boasts more than 45 concerts by 40 orchestras throughout 2017.

8 Ways to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary

From June 29 to August 20 dozens of tall ships will set sail on Canada’s waters, docking in ports in Quebec, Ontario, and the Maritimes. Landlubbers will be treated to free ship tours, with plenty of dockside activities planned as well.

8 Ways to Celebrate Canada’s 150th AnniversarySpeaking of the magnificent Maritimes, Nova Scotia’s Cabot Trail offers up a scenic drive worth the trip eastward. Both highland scenery and coastal views are served up along the trail. The Skyline Sunset Hike leads to the top of a mountain where you can take in a spectacular panoramic view of both the historic trail and the Atlantic Ocean.

8 Ways to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary
Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, Canada

If you find yourself on the western side of this great nation, Vancouver’s Capilano Suspension Bridge is a must-see! The magnificent structure towers 110 feet above the forest floor, and the area’s Cliffwalk allows you to trace the river’s path. Cliffwalk’s bridges, stairs, and platforms will tempt and test the bravest of adventurers.

8 Ways to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary
People ice skating on the frozen Rideau canal, Ottawa

Where else but Canada would you find the World’s Biggest Skating Rink? Ottawa’s frozen Rideau Canal turns into the world’s largest rink each winter, with almost five miles of skating space! That equals almost 100 Olympic-sized hockey rinks. But, if you’d rather watch than skate be sure to do so with a Beaver Tail in your hand; a unique, deep-fried Canadian pastry treat covered in sugar and cinnamon!

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38 Comments

  1. robin Rue says

    Happy birthday to Canada. I had no idea this was coming up this year 🙂

  2. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says

    I have never visited Canada but have always wanted to, it is on my travel bucket list for sure, sounds like this would be the perfect year to go and tick them off my list! 🙂

  3. Tracey says

    As a Canadian I am impressed with this round up! I am looking forward to celebrating Canada Day on July 1 in our nation’s capital Ottawa where there will be a huge party!

  4. Rachel Ferrucci says

    I really need to get back to Canada! I went to Niagara Falls and it was so beautiful but I’d love to see other parts of the country

  5. Catherine Sargent says

    These all look like great ways to celebrate. Visiting Canada is at the top of places I need to visit.

  6. Marcie Wahrer says

    Happy 150th Canada! I have always wanted to visit and this seems like a great time to make that happen.

  7. Melissa Chapman says

    who knew Canada had so many awesome attractions- that bridge and rink are so fantastic they are definitely inspiring me to book a trip there and partake in the 150th anniversary festivities!

  8. Meagan says

    This looks like a great place to visit. I need to wait until it is warmer though.

  9. Pam says

    I had no idea that Canada was turning 150. What amazing ways to celebrate!

  10. Liz Mays says

    I think an adventure vacation would be perfect! Spending some time exploring the Cabot Trail sounds like fun.

  11. Theresa says

    We were in Canada last summer and had a blast. We only did the east coast, but I want to go back and explore the west coast. There seems to be a lot more to offer for nature lovers like myself on that half of Canada. I especially want to explore the Rockies!

  12. Seattle Travel Blogger says

    This is a good overview of Canada. I like the way you included some land-lovers destinations as well as some for the more aqua-loving.
    I have never imagined there is a 5 mile ice skating rink out there, wow!

  13. Jeanine says

    Goodness me! What a beautiful country we have! I love Canada, and think all of these are great ideas. Would love to celebrate the 150!

  14. Louise Bishop says

    We don’t live far from Canada and all of these sound amazing. I love celebrating things like this with my children.

  15. Alli Smith says

    Happy 150th Anniversary, Canada! Sadly, I’ve never been to Canada. It’s on my bucket list and there’s so much to see and do. I can hardly wait until I finally visit. I would love to see the tall ships during the summer months.

  16. Sarah Bailey says

    Happy 150th Canada and what some amazing sounding ways to Celebrate such a great birthday!

  17. candy says

    Happy, Happy 150th Birthday Canada. There are many places I would love to see and visit in Canada. Nova Scotia is on my wish list to visit one day soon. Love looking at your photos.

  18. Jeanette says

    I would love to go explore and that suspension bridge! It looks like a beautiful place to go! Actually all these places look like places I need to visit. I can’t wait to visit Canada again!

  19. Joyce Brewer says

    I haven’t been to Canada since I was about 12. I’d love to go back with our whole family. Our son is taking French and I’ve love for him to be surrounded by more French culture.

  20. Vrithi Pushkar says

    Happy Birthday Canada! So many amazing things to see and do. You got me at free admission to National parks! Need to plan a visit soon.

  21. Ana John says

    This is so fascinating. Canada celebrating its anniversary through numerous ways. Canadians seems to be lively through this just like Tradeu

  22. Amy Desrosiers says

    This looks like a fun celebration. I have never been to Canada but it does look beautiful!

  23. Ali Rost says

    What a fun post! I have a friend from Canada .. although I’ve never been. It looks like there are so many fun places to explore. I have to say though .. the suspension bridge gives me butterflies in my tummy!

  24. Renate says

    Wow! Canada has been on my list for so long. You just made the need to go there worse 😛 that Suspension bridge sounds amazing. I can’t wait!

  25. Bonnie G says

    My dad was born in Canada and I have only been once in my life. I didn’t realize how beautiful Canada was.

  26. Dawn McAlexander says

    I was in high school the last time that I was in Canada. I would love to go back there and help them celebrate their 150th anniversary!

  27. Ana John says

    Have not been to Canada and this sure looks nice to explore. But may be I would prefer a warmer month to explore this place.

  28. Mihaela Dragan says

    Canada is now definitely on the list! I’d love to visit Vancouver this summer. Thank you for the inspiration and the amazing pictures.

  29. Lies says

    I’m very excited about Canada’s 150th birthday! I already have my Discovery Pass to enter the national parks. I had no idea about the sail ships! I’d love to join a tour so I’ll look into it.

  30. Jules says

    That’s great! My coworker is from Canada and he recommend Banff as a place to go to for skiing. I have also added that suspension bridge on my bucket list!

  31. Angelic Sinova says

    These are such great ways to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary! I’ve never been to Canada before but since Toronto is only a little less than an 8 hour from Chicago, I’ve been thinking about taking a road trip there in the summer.

  32. Rhian Westbury says

    I bet this year is going to be full of celebrations. Every time I’ve been to Canada I’ve had a great time and I definitely want to go back x

  33. Memory says

    What a great post! Thank you so much for telling us about all these awesome places and things to do in Canada. I plan on visiting soon, so this list has been so helpful to me.

  34. Ana Ojha says

    What an amazing roundup! Canada is on my bucket list and can’t wait to explore all these amazing attractions of the second largest country in the world!

  35. Wildish Jess says

    I can’t say celebrating Canada is something I’ve ever done. I’m sure Canadians know all about this though!

  36. diana says

    this is a lovely post, canada – have been hearing a lot about this place now, many of my frnds are there, i ll ensure celebrating any visit of mine this way . cheers and thanks. lovely pictures

  37. Marie says

    I’m a proud Canadian and love my country. I was born and raised on Isle Madame (French community) which is a small island on Cape Breton Island surrounded by water. It’s the most beautiful place to live! I am so blessed!! Cape Breton Island is located in Nova Scotia Canada. Cape Breton was listed as the third most beautiful Island in the world in Macleans Magazine.

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