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Canada Turns 150

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  • Cupcake with Canada Flags

Meghan, Queen's Square | June 1, 2017

This year, Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary as a nation - also known as our sesquicentennial, if you’re aiming for a high score in Scrabble.

With Canada Day approaching, this is the perfect time to come out to the nation-wide birthday party.  Whether you’re passionate about being active in the great outdoors, love art or want to share engaging stories, there are plenty of ways to get inspired and share your love of the True North, strong and free.

For adventurers, you can walk on the wild side or travel through our nation’s history with the 2017 Discovery Pass. It provides free entry to national parks, marine conservation areas and historic sites run by Parks Canada, such as Point Pelee National Park, Fathom Five National Marine Park or Fort George National Historic Site.

Art lovers, rejoice! Timeraiser150 is a special service that allows you to bid on artworks by up-and-coming Canadian artists by offering volunteer hours with a local non-profit organization. Doing something wonderful for your neighbourhood can also help you spruce up your home with a new piece of art.

If you love curling up with an enthralling story, The Red Couch Tour takes a red couch across Canada during June and July, inviting guests of all ages and backgrounds to sit down and talk about their Canadian experiences.

Enjoy more Canadian books, films, music, art and technologies throughout 2017 with the Idea Exchange’s collections, programs and services. For instance, this year’s One Book, One Community centers on the novel, Emancipation Day, by Wayne Grady – it’s a perfect opportunity to get wrapped up in a great Canadian story.