This month, the annual Canadian Tulip Festival takes place in Ottawa. The largest event of its kind in the world, the festival draws 600,000 visitors every year to see more than 1,000,0000 tulips in bloom. You can use your VIA Rail Coupon to travel to Canada’s capital for the Tulip Festival, and visit our attraction directory to find out what attractions are in the area while you are there!

Here are our May attraction recommendations:

Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto, Ontario

Rideau Canal Historic Site, Ottawa, Ontario

Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria, British Columbia

Canada 150

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday – let’s all give a gift to Canada! We challenge you to do 3 things for Canada and share them with us. Your gift can be big or small, to your neighbourhood or the world – simply plan a community cleanup or plant a tree in your backyard! Click here to learn more about the project.

Attraction News

Hiba Abdallah: Th’an

The Art Gallery of Guelph is featuring the recent work of artist Hiba Abdullah. Th’an explores the Arabic language through the lens of art as a social practice. Attend the opening reception May 4th, 2017 at 7 pm or the full exhibition on display from May 4- August 27, 2017.

Volunteer Opportunities in Parks Canada Places

Did you know you can volunteer in national parks and national historic sites? Lend a hand and participate in restoration projects, help track wildlife or adopt and take care of your own patch of a national park! For a list of places with volunteer opportunities, click here!

Xi Xanya Dzam – Those who are amazing at making

Visit the Bill Reid Gallery to experience work of accomplished artists that have been featured together for the first time. Xi Xanya Dzam (pronounced hee hun ya zam) is the Kwak’wala word describing incredibly talented and gifted people who create works of art. The exhibition is both a showcase and a critical exploration of “achievement” and “excellence” in traditional and contemporary First Nations art. Don’t miss out – this exhibition won’t be around for too long.

ICC News

6 Degrees

Following last September’s inaugural 6 Degrees Citizen Space in Toronto, 6 Degrees co-hosted events in the Netherlands and Vancouver. 6 Degrees Den Haag’s theme was The Rise of the Citizen, while 6 Degrees Vancouver: Are you home?  focused on home and belonging.

Ready, set, #selfie!

The Cultural Access Pass team challenges you to take a #selfie in the entrance way of your favourite local CAP attraction. Email us, tweet us, or tag us on Instagram with your #selfie and we will feature it in our next newsletter! #CAPCanada

CAP Spotlight

Meet CAP member, Trisha Ready

Trisha moved to Canada in 2010 from Miami, Florida which was her home for 10 years. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, she received her citizenship in June 2016 in Mississauga. After moving back to Canada, she decided to go back to school and learn more about sustainability, a subject she is extremely passionate about. Trisha graduated with a Master of Environment and Business from the University of Waterloo in October 2015. She also holds a Masters of Public Health and a Bachelors in Science in Chemistry and Management. Trisha is currently an Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer services. In her spare time, Trisha enjoys connecting with both nature and the built environment in all four seasons. During the winter you can find her ice skating or walking the exhibits at the ROM and AGO. Trisha’s favourite CAP attraction is The Montreal Biosphere at Parc Jean-Drapeau. She describes it as a “mystical landscape,” a term used to reflect a spiritual contentedness with the environment. You can follow Trisha’s journey’s on Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

If you want to be featured in next month’s newsletter – email us your story and photo by May 22nd!

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