Twelve Days of Celebrations for Our Country’s Birthday!
“Canada 150 is a unique opportunity for communities to celebrate all that it means to be Canadian. Celebrations will be taking place across the country, culminating with Canada Day. Join your friends and family and take part in the festivities that are part of this outstanding year!"
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
Celebrate Canada is a period of four celebrations from June 21 to July 2. In honour of Canada 150, this year’s edition will be the most spectacular in Canadian history. Twelve days of festivities will be held for the first time from coast to coast to coast. They will begin on June 21 and conclude with a full weekend of activities in Canada's Capital Region.
Canada's Capital Region will feature three-day festivities (Friday, June 30 in the evening, Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2). Special programs in English and French will also be produced for television, radio and the Web in collaboration with CBC/Radio-Canada, official media partner.
June 21 is National Aboriginal Day: a celebration of Indigenous culture and heritage. This date was chosen because it corresponds to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and because many Indigenous groups celebrate their culture and heritage at this time of year.
June 24, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Fête nationale du Québec et de la Francophonie canadienne, marries the ancient rites surrounding the summer solstice—a period of light and hope—and the traditional celebration of the day of the patron saint of French Canadians.
June 27 was designated Canadian Multiculturalism Day on November 13, 2002. This day is an opportunity to appreciate the contributions of the various multicultural groups and communities to Canadian society.
On July 1, Canada Day, Canadians at home and abroad show their pride in their country’s history, culture and accomplishments.
This year, 19 urban centres across the country will celebrate Canada Day in a spectacular fashion: St. John’s, Charlottetown, Halifax, Fredericton, Moncton, Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa–Gatineau, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit.
The 2017 Celebrate Canada period will highlight the evolution of our country from its Indigenous origins to the presence of the French and the birth of our rich Francophone heritage, and through the more recent waves of immigration that led to the development of a diverse and inclusive society.
The celebrations will also focus on Canada 150’s four major themes: diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, youth and the environment.
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
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