Anniversaries of significance in 2017

In 2017, in honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Canadians across the country are invited to celebrate events, accomplishments and individuals who have helped shape Canada as we know it today.

Canadians are encouraged to celebrate anniversaries of historical significance for Canada. The Commemorate Canada program provides funding to initiatives that commemorate and celebrate historical figures, places, events and accomplishments of national significance. The 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, the centennial of the battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, and the centennial of the National Hockey League are some of these important anniversaries.

Centennial of the battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele

Learn more about the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Battle of Passchendaele, which are defining moments in Canadian history. They saw Canadians defend the values upon which our country was founded—freedom, democracy and the rule of law.

125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup

Did you know? The Stanley Cup was donated in 1892 by the Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley. It is the oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes in North America. It was first awarded to the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association at the end of the 1892–1893 season.

Centennial of the National Hockey League

Discover the fascinating history of the National Hockey League (NHL). Formed in Montreal during the First World War after the activities of the National Hockey Association were suspended, the NHL has evolved into a professional league that today has 30 teams, 7 of them Canadian.

Other milestone anniversaries

Canadians will have many other opportunities in 2017 to celebrate our country's history. Below is an overview of various significant anniversaries that have helped shape the Canada that we know today:

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