Monday, 9 January 2017

Canada 150 and Other Celebrations

By now most people know that Canada is celebrating 150 years since confederation in 1867. Special Canada 150 tulips were developed by Holland for our sesquicentennial and were available for purchase in the fall in time for planting. I can't wait to see mine bloom in the spring! Parks Canada is giving away free park passes for the year 2017 to anyone who wants one, not only Canadians, to encourage visitors to our beautiful parks and heritage sites. There are special events being held all year long all across the country.

I was 17 years old when Canada had their 100th anniversary celebration and Montreal hosted the World's Fair titled Expo '67. I was just at the right age that I could make tons of money babysitting for neighbours who wanted to spend whole days at the fair, and I was old enough to spend days there with just my friends.

Throughout Canada there have been other celebrations over the years that our ancestors may have attended, a few of which I have listed below.

What local celebrations might your ancestor have attended or perhaps worked on the committee? In your search also try keywords "sesquicentennial", "bicentennial" etc.

Click on the Canada 150 label on the right or at the bottom to see all the articles posted about Canada during this 150th year.

Relevant Links

Foundation of Montreal 250th anniversary celebration 1892

Historical souvenir and book of pageants of the 300th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City, the ancient capital of Canada - 1908

Troisième centenaire de la fondation de Québec, berceau du Canada 1908 

Toronto old and New: memorial volume to mark 100th anniversary of the Constitutional Act of 1791, creating Upper Canada and Lower Canada.

Souvenir of the 150th Anniversary of the City of Halifax, 1899

Memorial of the 121st and 122nd anniversary of the settlement of Truro, 1882

Newfoundland in 1897; being Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee year and the 400th Anniversary of the discovery of the Island by John Cabot.

 Fiftieth anniversary of the selection of Ottawa as the capital of Canada 1907

The centennial of the settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists

Galt centennial and Old Home Week, Galt Ontario 1927

Hamilton Canada, it's history, commerce, industries, resources.  Issued under the auspices of the City council in the centennial year 1913

Red River, 1812-1912;  Lord Selkirk's centennial, Winnipeg

The fiftieth anniversary, 1858-1908; Nerlich & Co, Toronto

London Board of Trade; fiftieth anniversary, 1857-1907 (Ontario)

The 100th anniversary of T. Rankine & Sons Limited biscuit manufacturers, Saint John NB

Golden Jubilee 1869-1919; a book to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the T. Eaton Co Limited

Fiftieth anniversary of the Royal Bank of Canada, 1919

The High School Magazine, Montreal 1916 - the hundredth anniversary of the Royal Grammer School


150 years in Australia  official souvenir for National Celebrations 1938

Celebration of the 150th anniversary of Gorham, Maine 1886

Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the town of Danvers, Mass, 1907

City of Tecumseh, Michigan sesquicentennial, 1824-1974   

Celebration proceedings of the 150th anniversary of New Ipswich, NH 1900

Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the settlement of Baltimore, 1880

Book of Words, the pageant of Thetford, VT, in celebration of the 150th anniversary, 1911


  1. Enjoyed your post Dianne and plan visit some of those links.

    Have a couple of my own sesquicentennial activities happening as the 150th means a great deal to me as was Canada's Centennial:D I have started Sharing Sundays on my Facebook page and will share 7 facts etc. about Canada as well as one of our National Parks (there are 47 of them)then at the end of the month will share those posts in one blog post... My other project is to do a virtual walk with my hubby from Montreal to Victoria (a straight line walk) We did from home to Halifax and around the province last year. Might have time to walk to Charlottetown PEI and St John's Newfoundland too. so all the provinces are covered.
    However, nothing will outdo our 100th project which will be 49 years old in March, (our eldest son :o)

    Another anniversary that is happening this year is Montreal's 375th. However, there seems to be more complaining than celebrations or the money the mayor is willing to put out for projects, some of which will not even be ready in 2017... I should care having ancestors that lived here way back then but a lighted bridge and granite stumps on the mountain are of no interest or 'relate' to what Montreal was way back then in my opinion...

    1. Thanks Cathern. It is nice to see you and others involved in Canada 150, and what a nice way to remember our Centennial!


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