2017 – Anniversaries of significance in Canada

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

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 the important anniversaries celebrated in 2017.

The 150th Anniversary of Confederation

During Canada 150, Canadians had many opportunities to come together and celebrate. Canadians and visitors alike took part in a range of activities that allowed them to explore our country and celebrate all those things that make Canada so special!

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 had 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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