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Explore our country

Explore our country’s history, multicultural heritage and diversity. Discover the activities taking place in Canada’s national museums and parks, heritage spaces and historic sites or enjoy the great outdoors, there is something waiting for you!

A mosaic with the faces of five researchers.

Take a peek at the health research happening from coast to coast to coast

Check out the CIHR health research storybook to hear from researchers about why they pursued a career in health research, and learn about the health problems they’re tackling and the new scientific knowledge they’re creating. You can also read the stories of patients who have been involved in or touched by health research.

A polar bear playing in purple flowers.

Discover the Arctic at the Canadian Museum of Nature

As soon as June 21, peek through a window into the Arctic thanks to the new Canada Goose Arctic Gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Through multimedia, indigenous perspectives and fun games you’ll learn about Arctic geography, ecosystems and sustainability, as well as the impacts of climate change.

The renewed building of the Canada Science and Technology Museum

Grand re-opening of the Canada Science and Technology Museum

The countdown is on! The Canada Science and Technology Museum will open its doors to the public on November 17, 2017. Visit the Museum for an entirely new, immersive heritage experience, including completely redesigned exhibits, a demo stage, and more artifacts on view than ever before.

Spirit Island and Maligne Lake Boat Cruise in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

Get your discovery pass for free admission in 2017 to Parks Canada places from coast to coast to coast

Experience the best of Canada's natural and cultural heritage in 2017 with free entry to Parks Canada places all year-long. For more information on Parks Canada’s places and experiences across the country and to download the Visitor Guide for the region you’ll be exploring, visit the Parks Canada Website.

A photo gallery in the new Canadian History Hall.

Welcome to your history by visiting the Canadian History Hall

The Canadian History Hall presents Canada’s story as you’ve never seen it before. As of July 1, explore Canada’s history through the diverse experiences and perspectives of the real people who lived it. Discover our collective story of conflict, struggle and loss, as well as success, achievement and hope.

Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France with the words “Vimy 100 Years” at the forefront.

Vimy 2017: Beyond the Battle exhibit

From April 6 to November 12, learn more about the Battle of Vimy Ridge and its meaning, 100 years later. Vimy 2017: Beyond the Battle exhibit at the Canadian Museum of War is a multi-faceted exhibition that sheds light on how and why we commemorate by exploring private and collective memories of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the First World War and more recent conflicts. You can also visit Gallery 2 which was revamped to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

An exhibit in a museum

Visit the "Our Canada, My Story" exhibit

Uplifting stories of contemporary Canadians working to overcome human rights challenges are showcased in the new exhibition "Our Canada, My Story" at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. The museum also invites you to meet virtually people sharing their experiences and share your story of human rights.

Photo of the Confederation Pavilions Passport and 50 Sussex Drive, home of the International Pavilion until May 2017, and The Geography and Exploration Pavilion, from June to September 2017 (Ottawa, Ontario)

Confederation Pavilions

A fresh Capital experience to celebrate 150 years of Confederation. Visit the ten Confederation Pavilions that will take you on an architectural journey through time – from the settlement era in the 1820s to the contemporary capital, and enjoy the special programs, exhibitions and events presented by the National Capital Commission’s partners.

Pictures of the 2017 coin collection: My Canada, my inspiration, from the Royal Canadian Mint

Created by Canadians, inspired by Canada

In honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Royal Canadian Mint is introducing new commemorative circulation and collectible coins. Reimagining iconic Canadian symbols and depicting some of our most striking sights, these coins are as diverse as our country. The My Canada, My Inspiration coin collection is designed by Canadians for Canadians exclusively for Canada's 150th anniversary year.

A visual montage of twelve images representing Agriculture and Agri-food Canada with a box central box ‘Celebrating 150 years of agriculture’

Celebrating 150 years of agriculture

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is celebrating 150 years of leadership in the growth, development and sustainability of the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector. Visit the Agriculture 150 website today to find videos, infographics, and many interesting events!

The words “Telling Canada’s story by number” on a red background with the Canada 150 logo

Telling Canada’s story in numbers

Statistics Canada celebrates Canada 150 by telling Canada's story in numbers! From the Canada Year Book, first published in 1867, to releases in The Daily, Statistics Canada's data have chronicled the lives of Canadians throughout our history. Participate in the speaker series, the Young Statisticians contest, a special blog that shares the views of historians, genealogists, academics and students on how statistics tell Canada's story and the other online activities.

The back of a female traveler with a suitcase and the words “Canada Day 1”

“Canada Day 1”: an exhibit coming near you!

From March 18 to November 12, 2017, check out the “Canada: Day 1” travelling exhibit from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. This very special version of this travelling exhibit features eight distinctive artworks and compelling objects such as a Syrian Welcome kit, a Head tax certificate, moving War Bride correspondence and more.

Music Director Alexander Shelley

Cross-Canada tour of the National Arts Centre Orchestra

To mark Canada 150, the National Arts Centre Orchestra will undertake a cross-Canada tour during the spring and fall of 2017. Led by Music Director Alexander Shelley, the Canada 150 Tour will include over a dozen major concert performances and 150 education and outreach programs in communities across the country. Not to be missed!

Cutting on the 49th Parallel, Royal Engineer Photographers, 1861, Albumen print, Library and Archives Canada, 011067220

“Moments From 150 Years Ago” exhibit

Visit the new exhibit “Moments From 150 Years Ago” in the new Treasures from Library and Archives Canada gallery at the Canadian Museum of History until January, 2018. This exhibit reflects a pivotal time in the Canadian adventure. It presents rarely seen archival documents, photographs, watercolours and artifacts from the collections of both the Canadian Museum of History and Library and Archives Canada.

White background with a red maple leaf and the words “Canada 150”

Ten new stamps to mark Canada 150

Canada Post is marking Canada 150 with 10 stamps celebrating unforgettable moments and achievements over the last 50 years. Some impressive Canadians will unveil the stamps across the country – one at a time. Check them out online, complete with stories and videos to make these incredible moments come to life.

Joseph Légaré, Le martyre des pères Brébeuf et Lalemant, v. 1843, huile sur toile, 66.2 x 96.1 cm, Acheté en 1977, Musée des beaux arts du Canada, Ottawa

National Gallery of Canada’s new exhibit “Our Masterpieces, Our Stories”

Starting on June 17, 2017, let yourself be inspired by the Canadian and Indigenous art on view in “Our Masterpieces, Our Stories”. A celebration of art in Canada, this unique presentation takes visitors on a remarkable journey via the legends, themes and worlds that have shaped our cultural heritage.

Faces of Canadians in a mosaic. The words “150 Stories – Celebrate Canada‘s sesquicentennial” appear in the centre of the image.

150 Stories: Celebrating Canada's Sesquicentennial

Inspired by Canada‘s sesquicentennial, “150 Stories” pays tribute to Canada‘s diversity, democratic principles and multiculturalism by telling the stories of remarkable Canadian individuals, organizations, initiatives and historic events. The Canadian Race Relations Foundation publishes one story per week for 150 weeks. Read them now!

Inukshuk on rocks at the water’s edge. Canada 150 symbol in the bottom right-hand corner.

A quiz on the symbols of Canada

Certain symbols have been officially adopted by the Government of Canada, and many others are recognized worldwide as typically Canadian.

Enrich your knowledge of our country’s emblems by taking our Symbols of Canada quiz on the Language Portal of Canada!

The image shows the logo of Canada Sound on a red background. The background has drawings of Canadian symbols, such as skates, a kayak, a lobster, a lighthouse, etc. The Canada Sound logo is a pair of headphones with a small, white maple leaf in the centre.


Hear that sound? It’s Canada! CanadaSound is a community-driven project, collecting the everyday sounds that make up the stories and memories of Canadians’ lives, to transform them into new music. Canadians are invited to submit their favourite sounds, inspiring over 80 musicians to create the ultimate Canadian soundtrack. Sizzling bacon, Hockey pucks hitting the boards, and the sound of a campfire are just a few examples. Visit CanadaSound to submit a sound, inspire an artist and be a part of Canada’s ultimate soundtrack!

An open road and prairie landscape.

Visit giant Canadian photos at the Montreal Biosphere

Giant 100% Canadian photos will take you on a journey from British Columbia to Newfoundland. Discover Canada through the lens of Canadian photographers at the Naturally Canadian exhibit. Iconic landscapes, biodiversity, oceans and the Far North are displayed in an exceptional outdoor exhibit.

A man and a young child climbing over a fence.

Learn about the Syrian Refugee experience in Canada

Welcoming Syrian refugees to Canada was a historic effort. You can learn more about how Syrians are building a new life in Canada and our humanitarian tradition through a series of videos created by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Two people on a balcony overlooking a green landscape.

Explore Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area for free

Entrance to Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area will be free for 2017! Whether you're interested in hiking, wildlife observation, photography or one of the various interactive programs that are offered seasonally, you're sure to find something for every member of the family.

A collage of pictures of Canadians and different landscapes.

Legacies 150: Series of 13 interactive photo essays

Legacies 150, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, presents the interwoven yet diversity of a nation through a collection of 13 individual stories. A series of interactive photo and illustration essays, Legacies 150 presents stories which reflect on the past, present, and future of our nation.

The evolution of the twenty dollar bill.

100 Years of Taxes

In 2017 we celebrate Canada 150, as well as the 100th anniversary of the Income Tax Act. Learn more about its history, and reflect on the development of the Income Tax Act and the Canada Revenue Agency over the past century.

A collage of different food groups and farmers.

Agriculture 150 – Then and Now

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has been making significant contributions to Canada since the creation of the Department of Agriculture on July 1, 1867. This year AAFC celebrates 150 years of agriculture, and we reflect on just how much agriculture has changed through these "then and now" videos.

A collage of different moments in Canadian history.

Explore 150 years of official languages in Canada

Canada’s official languages belong to all Canadians, regardless of their linguistic heritage or whether they are bilingual, unilingual or multilingual. English and French are an integral part of Canada’s history and of its identity. Explore the timeline and discover the milestones that have marked the history of linguistic duality throughout Canada.

Portrait of a customs officer from the 1900s.

A proud heritage of protection, service and integrity

Explore a brief history of Border Services in Canada. By safeguarding our borders while facilitating trade and collecting revenue, the Canada Border Services Agency and its legacy organizations have helped build the stable and prosperous Canada we all know today.

Bilingual banner for event with iconic Canadian animals and individuals.

A Unique Exhibition – Canada: Who Do We Think We Are?

Library and Archives Canada’s exhibition explores what it means to be Canadian, and looks further back in history before our country’s 150 years of Confederation. The free exhibition, “Canada: Who Do We Think We Are?” includes a rare display of national treasures and takes place from June 5, 2017 to March 1, 2018.

From left to right, four rectangles respectively in gray, blue, pink and orange, with the title of the exhibition “Mark the Spot: Meditation as Medium” followed by the names of the three featured artists, Michael Morris, Thierry Marceau and Katherine Boyer.

Âjagemô Exhibition Hall

The Âjagemô art space at the Canada Council for the Arts features performances, events and exhibitions of contemporary Canadian art, including special exhibitions celebrating 60 years of the Canada Council and Canada 150. The current exhibition, “Mark the Spot: Meditation as Medium”, is dedicated to three leading artists, Michael Morris, Thierry Marceau and Katherine Boyer, as they create new works and make Âjagemô their studio through a series of week-long residencies. Each artist brings different experiences, approaches and practices, and all are skilled at engaging with the public through their art. The exhibit runs until January 2, 2018.

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