Canada Day may be wrapping up but the celebrations for this historic birthday will be continuing throughout the summer! Special events are happening across the country to mark the occasion, from weekend festivals to live music, and much more. The biggest party by far will happen all summer long in the National Capital Region – use your VIA Rail discount to take the train and enjoy Canada 150 celebrations in the nation’s capital. Visit Ottawa Tourism’s website to find out about events, activities and places to stay.
Whether you travel or stay local, be sure to visit our CAP directory for a full list of attractions in your area to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime celebration!
The largest exhibition about Canadian history ever developed is opened on Canada Day at the Canadian Museum of History, showcasing 15,000 years of stories. Discover our collective story of conflict, struggle and loss, as well as success, achievement and hope from coast to coast. This new exhibition illuminates the enduring legacy of Canada’s past — a legacy that is alive, relevant and continually unfolding.
Parks Day (July 15th) – Have you ever wondered what it’s like stargaze in a planetarium? Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn how to canoe? Fun activities like these are happening across the country for Parks Day! Celebrate and visit one of the many Parks Canada locations that are free for you and up to four kids under 18 with your CAP membership card!
Don’t miss out – plan your visit today. Click here to find an outdoor activity near you!
July 7-16th, 2017
The Calgary Stampede is a ten-day long celebration of western heritage, culture and community spirit that features the thrilling actions of the rodeo, the thunder of the GMC Rangeland Derby, exciting midway rides, nightly fireworks, and live music. The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth has been entertaining and educating visitors from around the world since 1886 – don’t miss out on the action!
Visit the Museum’s newest exhibit Grounds for Discovery to learn all about fossils found during industrial activities. Meet amazing specimens, including the perfectly-preserved nodosaur recently featured in National Geographic. The Museum also offers a range of summer programs for all ages. Excavate fossils in a realistic quarry, make a fossil replica to take home, or take a guided hike through the rugged Alberta badlands.
Countdown to 6 Degrees!
Only 80 days until 6 Degrees Citizen Space 2017! 6 Degrees is an impactful three-day event that explores citizenship and inclusion featuring powerful speakers and insightful thinkers, September 25-27, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Koerner Hall. Follow 6 Degrees on Twitter and sign-up for the newsletter for the latest news.
The ICC celebrates Canada Day!
To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, the ICC’s Building Citizenship program hosted 5 community-based citizenship ceremonies across the country, in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). A total of 200 new citizens took the oath on Canada Day with the ICC in Halifax, St. John’s, Guelph, Markham, and Whitehorse. See pictures from the ceremonies on the ICC’s Media Centre.
Ernesto Zambrano arrived in Canada from Venezuela in 2003, and in the summer of 2016 he became a Canadian citizen. Passionate about people, community, and culture Ernesto and his family have dedicated themselves to actively volunteering and have found the Cultural Access Pass program to be an amazing opportunity to learn more about the history of Canada and to feel closer to their community. The Royal Ontario Museum has been a favourite attraction for this Toronto-based family, particularly the newest exhibit, Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story. Ernesto has valued his experience with CAP, and has said visiting these cultural attractions and allowing people to connect over similar interests in art and culture is the first step to build a more inclusive society.
Read more about his CAP experience here!