For those of us lucky enough to call Canada home, we have the pleasure of celebrating our nation’s 150th birthday. The celebrations span well beyond the excitement of Canada Day on July 1. Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and what better time to experience the natural beauty of this great nation than in its 150th year? Here are a few ways you can enjoy this iconic year!
Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass
This free pass can be obtained from the Government of Canada website and provides the bearer with free access to enjoy national parks, national marine conservation areas, and national historic sites across the country. It is valid from January 1, 2017 through until December 31, 2017. Curious about nearby sites included with the pass? Laurier House and the Rideau Canal National Historic Site are found in Ottawa, while Thousands Islands National Park, Merrickville Blockhouse, Inverarden House, Bellevue House, Manoir Papineau, and Kingston Fortifications are within a two-hour drive.
Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light
Although this world-renowned fireworks competition occurs every year, this year’s performance promises to be a must-see show to celebrate the big 150! Come and see other countries attempt to compete against Canada’s big guaranteed show stopper of a fireworks performance. Every Wednesday and Saturday from August 5 to August 19.
2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™ Outdoor Game
Not only is 2017 Canada’s 150th birth year, but it also marks the 100th anniversary of the very first National Hockey League game played which happened to take place right here in Ottawa. Come celebrate this momentous occasion on December 16, 2017, by watching Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators take on the Montreal Canadiens in a truly classic Canadian outdoor game.
105th Grey Cup Championship Game
In November Ottawa will play host to the Grey Cup Festival which lasts from November 21 through until the 26. This will be held at Lansdowne Stadium and is sure to bring crowds from all over the country. Tickets go on sale in June of this year. Regardless of which teams make it to the Grey Cup for Canada’s 150th anniversary, it will be a sight to see and a moment in history. Will the Ottawa Redblacks defend their Grey Cup crown?
With activities and attractions going on throughout the year and all over the country, this is the year to get out and explore this wonderful country. We live in a country so rich in culture and what better time to celebrate our diversity than on this iconic anniversary? Make this the year you get out and explore from coast to coast, you won’t regret it!