Let’s celebrate across the country!
On December 31, 2016, 19 urban centres in the country will mark the countdown to the New Year with a bang to launch the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Save the date now to experience an epic moment in history!
- St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
- Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
- Moncton, New Brunswick
- Fredericton, New Brunswick
- Québec, Quebec
- Montréal, Quebec
- Ottawa–Gatineau, Canada’s Capital Region
- Toronto, Ontario
- Iqaluit, Nunavut
- Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Regina, Saskatchewan
- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
- Edmonton, Alberta
- Calgary, Alberta
- Whitehorse, Yukon
- Vancouver, British Columbia
- Victoria, British Columbia
It all starts here! Join the festivities in St. John's and be among the first in Canada to ring in 2017! Come on out and show your Canadian pride at this special New Year's Eve event featuring an outdoor concert with Shanneyganock, Eastern Owl, Wonderbolt Circus and more! See an amazing pyrotechnics show and take part in a New Year’s countdown never seen before!
The Halifax Regional Municipality will develop culturally diverse programming that includes a traditional Aboriginal welcome and performance, ANSMA Award winner and R&B Vocalist Reeny Smith, Music Nova Scotia’s 5 Time Award winner Ria Mae and Canadian Headliners and Juno Winners, The Strumbellas. The event site will feature representation from our Syrian Community, Cirque performances and thousands of free giveaways for all. Other featured elements include a special francophone performance of the National Anthem featuring a new film montage and projection celebrating 150 years of Nova Scotia. The New Year's Eve countdown will be followed by Atlantic Canada’s biggest fireworks show and a live broadcast of the event for Eastlink subscribers. The City anticipates an audience of 10,000 +.
The City of Charlottetown will organize a free, family-oriented event on Great George Street, the location where the Fathers of Confederation first arrived and conceived the idea of Canada as a nation. The expanded program is designed to actively engage youth, Indigenous, Francophone, and ethnocultural communities through programming such as musical performances, Peoples’ Night Parade, and sleigh and wagon rides. The site will also feature busker performances, dancing, cultural ceremonies, hands-on arts activities, and children's activities. The evening will close with a dazzling pyrotechnic display. The City anticipates an audience of 10,000.
The City of Moncton will develop a family-oriented event at Riverfront Park that includes interactive artistic programming by Festival Inspire, "Youth Olympïqs" by the Mosaïq Multicultural Festival showcasing traditional games from around the world, and a Canada 150 concert featuring a major Canadian headliner, a well-known Acadian artist presented by Festival Acadie Rock, and a local band to kick-off the show! The event will conclude with a fireworks display. Off-site programming will include performing arts workshops at the Capitol Theatre and interactive activities highlighting the natural history of the incredible Petitcodiac River at Resurgo Place.
The City of Fredericton’s New Year’s Eve will be held at the Officers’ Square in the Historic Garrison District, a National Historic Site in the downtown area. The City will deliver a concert featuring a nationally renowned headliner with local roots and winners of the City’s Youth Advisory Committee “Battle of the Bands” competition; a showcase of New Brunswick bands from Anglophone, Francophone, ethnocultural, and First Nations communities.
Additional programming will include live jazz and chamber music performances at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery; cultural programming at the Fredericton Public Library featuring a concert by local children’s performers, youth from the Chinese Cultural Association; a Canada 150 theme show by local theatre troupe, as well as a community art project. Each venue will feature a hot cider station and Officers Square will have a craft beer garden, activation/animation stations within the Square as well. An early evening firework show is planned for children and the event will conclude with a midnight fireworks display over national heritage river, the Saint John River. The City anticipates an audience of 15,000
From December 27 to 31, celebrate the "Jour de l’An à Québec" [New Year’s Day in Québec] when the provincial capital hosts a large winter fair complete with a Ferris wheel, rides, traditional musical performances, and a sound and light show. On December 31, the Parliament Gardens will be transformed into an outdoor disco. Come dance in the snow to the beat of the best techno music in the world and count down to 2017. At midnight, a breathtaking fireworks display in Canada’s colours will mark the official launch of Canada’s 150th anniversary.
From December 1, 2016, to January 1, 2017, Old Montréal and the Old Port will come alive with the Christmas and New Year’s activities of Merry Montréal. On the program: the best Christmas market in town, participatory activities throughout the neighbourhood, outdoor movie nights, and interactive experiences. On December 31, join "the biggest New Year’s Eve party in Canada" and celebrate the launch of Canada’s 150th anniversary with well-known Canadian artists and an unforgettable fireworks display.
Ottawa–Gatineau will be livelier than ever as Canadians from across the country come together for the Canada 150 Kick Off. Take part in the free festivities on Parliament Hill and at the Canadian Museum of History! Be captivated by the spectacular pyromusical fireworks show, dance to the rhythm of renowned Canadian artists, and when the clock hits midnight, mark the start of a year of celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation with an exceptional fireworks display. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto! The evening will kick off with a traditional welcome / blessing by a First Nations Elder. There will be activities to entertain the entire family including a skating party with DJs, site animations by Indigenous artists and others, and an evening concert before ringing in 2017 with a special Canada 150-themed countdown, a pyrotechnic and sound and light show.
The New Year's Eve event will take place in downtown Iqaluit at Inuksuk High School starting at 11 a.m. and will feature live performances coordinated by Alianait Arts Festival, a unique Inuit celebration with traditional games, clothing and dancing, children's crafts and activities, and New Year's Eve fireworks at 20:17 taking place at on Frobisher Bay.
On the eve of Canada’s 150th birthday, The Forks Renewal Corporation will organize a New Year’s Eve celebration at The Forks National Historic Site of Canada. The event will feature live musical performances by renowned Canadian headliners from the region as well as cultural, artistic, and historical programming. Horse-drawn carriage rides will connect and transport visitors on major routes of the 54 acres site, allowing family and friends to easily access all venues of interest. To celebrate in truly Canadian fashion, one-kilometer of on-land skating trails will invite guests to explore the site from a different perspective. To ramp up the evening, a parade starting at The Forks Market will connect the community and celebrate culture, sport, arts and history. The parade will end at The Canopy where together we will countdown to an exceptional fireworks display, officially kicking off Canada’s 150th anniversary.
The City of Regina will organize free, family-friendly New Year’s Eve events at 3 sites within close proximity: Conexus Arts Centre, Saskatchewan Science Centre and Wascana Park. Programming will include performances by local ethnocultural, Francophone and Indigenous artists, storytelling by Indigenous elders and outdoor activities such as skating, curling, sleigh rides and snow decorating. The festivities will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display at 6 p.m. in Wascana Park.
The Saskatoon Fireworks Festival Inc. will deliver free, family oriented New Year's Eve programming in downtown Saskatoon that will feature an afternoon skating party, musical entertainment starting at 5 pm and a formal event starting at 8 pm in both official languages with representation from the Indigenous and ethnocultural communities. The event will include a fireworks display at 20:17 to mark the 150th anniversary.
To kick-off Canada’s 150th anniversary, the City of Yellowknife will organize a free, family-friendly event at the Multiplex starting at 16:00 featuring live musical performances by local talent, including Francophone and Indigenous artists as well as a headlining Canadian musician and activities such as public skating and interactive displays, as well as food vendors. There will also be an official New Year's countdown at 20:17 with a fireworks display.
The City of Edmonton will deliver indoor and outdoor family-friendly programming such as bannock making, ice skating and interactions with artists. The main stage show will commence with the singing of the National Anthem in English, French and Cree and will include live performances by local Francophone, Indigenous, and ethnocultural artists. The event will include a fireworks display at 20:30 and a second display at midnight. A Canadian-themed tile mosaic mural will be created on-site and participants will be able to sample a wide variety of dishes from various ethnocultural communities at the Food Truck Festival.
The City of Calgary will organize accessible, family-friendly programming at Olympic Plaza including a Canadian-themed art exhibit, youth animation, live ice carving demonstrations, an ice slide, and ice skating. The main stage will feature live performances from Francophone, Indigenous, and ethnocultural artists and will culminate in a 2017 countdown and fireworks display at midnight.
The City of Whitehorse New Year's Eve event will feature a welcoming ceremony in English, French, and the official languages of the local First Nations. It will provide a free afternoon of family activities such as swimming, skating, stories and crafts at the Canada Games Centre. The City will also host an evening show featuring Canadian, local, Francophone, Indigenous and ethnocultural artists, and will stage a pyro-musical fireworks display at 21:00 PST to align with the midnight countdown in Canada's Capital Region, and a second countdown at midnight, local time.
The Vancouver New Year’s Eve Celebration Society will ring in 2017 with a celebration that includes a family fun zone, multiple stages featuring Francophone, Indigenous, cultural and live music performances, and two fireworks displays over the Burrard Inlet - the first being at 9 p.m., and the second at midnight, local time.
The City of Victoria will launch 2017 with a Canada 150 themed New Year’s Eve celebration at the Inner Harbour. The celebration will open with a moving First Nations welcoming ceremony. Programming will include free, family-friendly activities such as the singing of "O Canada," a citizenship pledge, cultural performances, and a main stage featuring well-known Canadian, local, Francophone, Indigenous and ethnocultural artists. It will culminate with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. PST to align with the midnight countdown in Canada's Capital Region.
Interactive map and activity lists
To find out what is going on in your region and across the country for the kick off of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, check out the activities on our interactive Google map, or consult the Canada 150 Kick Off events across the country.
- The names of the activities on the map and on the lists are in the language in which they were communicated to us. Access to this information is provided as a courtesy only.
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