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Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary in 2017

Happy 150th birthday, Canada!  This special occasion is not only a time to celebrate our great country, but it is also a time to reflect on what it means to be Canadian . We are all so fortunate to call this country, and the amazing community of Peterborough-Kawartha, home. We have much to be proud of.

Canada's 150th birthday is an historic moment, with the unique opportunity to strengthen our community and our connection to one another. The sesquicentennial is the time to celebrate the values we as Canadians hold close to our hearts: diversity, inclusion, and generosity of spirit. There are an incredible number of special events taking place in Peterborough-Kawartha to celebrate Canada 150.  - Maryam Monsef, M.P., Peterborough-Kawartha

Events Taking Place in North Kawartha for Canada 150

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Visit our local Festivals and Celebrations page, for events taking place in North Kawartha.

View North Kawartha's Designated Canada 150 events here.

National Canadian Film Day 150, was the world's largest one-day film festival ever hosted, featuring free screenings of Canadian movies across the province (Wednesday, April 19, 2017). Please see our Festivals and Celebrations page for more information about The Township of North Kawartha's participation in this event.

Canada 150 Skating Day
On December 10, 2017 the whole country glided into winter on Canada 150 Skating Day! What better way was there to come together in our community than participating in a truly Canadian pastime? In this spirit of celebration, the Township of North Kawartha offered two hours of Free Public Skating at the NKCC, on Sunday, December 10th from 1 to 3 pm. 

The County of Peterborough

There were many activities taking place at and throughout the County of Peterborough. Canada 150 events include Geocaching, a keepsake Passport and a culminating event - a traditional County Fair at Lang Pioneer Village.

A Traditional County Fair Celebrating Canada 150

This event was held at Lang Pioneer Village Museum on Sunday, September 24, 2017. Our eight townships and our two First Nation communities came together to celebrate Canada 150+ and the 50th Anniversary of Lang Pioneer Village Museum with a traditional county fair with a modern twist! 

As part of the entertainment, North Kawartha was proud to be represented by The Apsley Firefly Band.

Peterborough Geocaching Adventure

You could hunt for 23 new caches set out to celebrate the rich history of the region and... there's a prize!  Download the Travel Diary, find at least one cache in each community, and use the stamp inside it to prove you were there.  You can create a rubbing with the crayons or pencil provided or you can bring your own stamp pad or marker.

Each community (8 Townships, 2 First Nations, and the City of Peterborough) will have matching stamps within their caches.  You only need to find one per community, or 11 unique stamps in total, to complete your Travel Diary and collect your limited edition Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism (PKT) trackable geocoin.  Stop into the PKT Visitors' Centre at 270 George Street North, 1stFloor (corner of George & King Streets) during business hours to collect your coin.

Limit one geocoin per active account.

Find the complete list of geocaches and Travel Diary at Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism - Geocaching

Peterborough County Canada 150 Passport

Celebrate Canada 150 by exploring the full Peterborough region throughout 2017. A celebratory keepsake passport can be picked up at most municipal bulidings and showcases individual communities,highlighting a few of the many events offered.

View additional Canada 150 Passport instructions.

Participate In Canada 150 Activities

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Find ways to get involved in Canada 150 activities as a volunteer, organizer or participant, in your community and across Canada. For the 150th anniversary of Confederation, a wide range of projects and activities are taking place - get actively involved and show your spirit in 2017.

Join The Conversation On Social Media

Share and retweet our social media messages using the hashtag #Canada150:

150 years of Canadian History - One Day At A Time 
Rediscover Canadian history from Confederation to today with the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) heritage collection. Throughout 2017, discover the today-in-history vignette highlighting a significant event that shaped our society. And each day's events include links to a wealth of additional information.

Events Taking Place Across the Province Year-Round

Ontario celebrated the 150th anniversary of Confederation, marking the occasion in a meaningful way by investing in initiatives and events that will leave a lasting legacy for people across the province. Provincial highlights include:

  • Celebrations for Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in our nation's capital! Ottawa is hosted many great events before saying goodbye to 2017. View some of Ottawa's events here.  

  • The Ontario Government and Forests Ontario invited you to celebrate Ontario's 150th birthday by taking part in the Green Leaf Challenge and helping us to plant three million trees across the province in 2017. You could join the fun by adding your trees to the online counter, by participating in planting events or by donating to plant trees. 

  • Invictus Games, was an international multi-sport event for wounded soldiers (September 23-30)
  • EDIT - the Expo for Design Innovation + Technology, was a 10-day international design festival that explored how design and innovation can address global issues (September 28-October 8)