Happy New Year! This month, celebrate the new year by getting outdoors and exploring with your family – Parks Canada now offers free admission to youth 17 years and younger! Explore all the winter activities you can do with your family by visiting their website. If you’re looking to stay indoors, visit the award-winning exhibit at The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre, the new exhibit at the Canadian Canoe Museum or the newly renovated entrance at the Royal Ontario Museum, or check out the full CAP Attractions Directory for all the places across Canada you can visit with your CAP card.

CAP Attractions to visit in January:

Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, BC)
The Rooms (St. John’s, NL)
National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON)
The Hangar Flight Museum (Calgary, AB)

Parks Canada now offers free admission to youth
Starting in 2018, Parks Canada now offers free admission to all children and youth ages 17 and under. There’s no better time to create lasting memories with the whole family. Learn more by visiting their website.


Another CAP attraction wins a Governor General’s History Award
The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre in Prince George, BC received a Governor General’s History Award. The museum won the Excellence in Community Programming award, which recognizes unique local and community-based history projects, for their exhibition Hodul’eh-a: A Place of Learning.

The ROM re-opens its Queen Park entrance
The Royal Ontario Museum in downtown Toronto re-opened its original Queen’s Park Crescent entrance in December after years of re-construction. The entrance, originally built in the 1930s, has beautiful gold mosaic surfaces, a vaulted ceiling and limestone arches, as well as a new stairway. Be sure to check out this beautiful part of the ROM when visiting with your CAP card.

Tell us why you love Parks Canada spaces
Do you love national parks? Have you used your CAP card to explore Parks Canada spaces, such as national parks, national historic sites and/or marine conservation areas? Have you taken up Parks Canada offers, like the Learn to Camp offer? We want to hear about your experiences: complete our survey and let us know your thoughts.

The Canadian Canoe Museum receives funding & donations
In December, the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, received both funding and donations. Canadian folk music legend Gordon Lightfoot donated three of his own canoes to the museum, including a yellow canoe that was the focus of Lightfoot’s Canary Yellow Canoe song (1981). The museum also received $4 million from the city of Peterborough towards building their new location. Visit the Canadian Canoe Museum with your CAP card to see this new exhibit.

New performing arts partner: Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts is a town-owned, town-funded, professionally staffed facility that exists to serve the performing arts needs of the residents of Oakville. It is a leading edge cultural venue that presents 70+ performances a year, providing patrons with the opportunity to see concerts, international artists, musicians, dance, live theatre and more. If you live near Oakville, keep an eye on your email for offers.

New performing arts partner: Women’s Musical Club of Toronto
The Women’s Musical Club of Toronto is proud of its 120-year history and presents a series of five concerts yearly that encompass voice and instrument. The Music in the Afternoon series of classical chamber music concerts showcases a dynamic mix of Canadian and international artists, seasoned performers and those on the threshold of international recognition.

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The Cultural Access Pass is celebrating ten years
The Cultural Access Pass is celebrating ten years! 2018 marks the 10th year of the program, which was started by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship in 2008 with a six attractions in Toronto. Now, CAP members can visit 1,400 attractions across the country for free with their CAP card, including museums, parks, national historical sites, art galleries and more. Celebrate 10 years of CAP by getting out and visiting attractions in your city: visit the Attractions Directory to see where your CAP card can take you.

360: Propelling Youth Employment in the GTA
The 6 Degrees-Toronto Pearson Youth Cohort presented 360: Propelling Youth Employment in the GTA on Dec. 13. Speakers Nation Cheong (United Way), Margaret Eaton (Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council), Huda Bukhari (Arab Community Centre of Toronto), Othniel Lichtmore (Making it in Toronto podcast), Vasiliki Bednar (Federal Expert Panel on Youth Employment) and Jaskaran Sandhu (City of Brampton) discussed job fulfillment, diversity, the hidden job market and equitable entry into today’s workforce. For highlights from the day, visit 6DegreesTO.com. Follow 6 Degrees on Twitter and Facebook for news about upcoming 6 Degrees events.

The Canadian Museum of History & the ICC hosted 50 new citizens
A Cultural Access Pass attraction, the Canadian Museum of History, hosted an ICC community citizenship ceremony on December 6th, 2017 in Gatineau, QC. 50 new Canadian citizens were sworn in in the beautiful Grand Hall, surrounded by First Nations art and heritage pieces. To see all the stunning photos from the event, visit the Flickr page. Charlie Foran, CEO of the ICC, and Mark O’Neill CEO of the Canadian Museum of History, joined the platform party and offered congratulatory remarks. Major General W.D. Eyre of the Canadian Armed Forces also provided greetings to the new citizens.

TELUS Spark welcomed new citizens at a citizenship ceremony with ICC
48 individuals received their citizenship at an ICC community citizenship ceremony at the TELUS Spark Science Centre (a CAP attraction) on December 12th, 2017.  The ceremony included a unique Indigenous dance performance by Jackie Soppit and the Wolf Pack Singers; staff, passerby’s and school groups gathered in the Atrium to watch the performance and ceremony. Both Charlie Foran, CEO of the ICC, and Jennifer Martin, President and CEO of TELUS Spark, were on the platform party and provided congratulatory remarks. Afterwards, new citizens and their guests were invited to stay and explore the centre.

The ICC commemorated #HumanRightsDay with a ceremony at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
On December 10th, 2017 – Human Rights Day – the Canadian Museum for Human Rights celebrated 48 new citizens at an ICC community citizenship ceremony. While CAP members always enjoy free access to the museum, on Human Rights Day the museum was open to the public and many people stopped to watch the ceremony. The ceremony was attended by MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette (who livestreamed the ceremony on his Facebook page!). Angela Cassie, VP of Public Affairs and Programs for the museum, along with presiding official Dwight MacAulay C.V.O. also joined the platform party.

Cultural Access Pass alumnus member Carol King moved to Canada in the 1980s, but did not get her citizenship until 2016. Read about what she believes it means to be Canadian here.

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