What’s Doing in Canada on Its 150th Anniversary
Canada. While clichés of maple leafs, Mounties, hockey, and “Eh?” abound, the country – the world’s second largest by land area – has much to offer visitors, from the natural beauty of its national parks to cities with a culture rivaling leading European ones.
Visitors will benefit from a generous exchange rate with the U.S. dollar and Canadians are waiving admission fees to their national parks for the entire year.
It may come as a shock, but Canada is turning 150 this year. On July 1, 1867, the British North America Act was passed by the British Parliament, combining three British colonies – namely Canada (comprised of Ontario and Quebec), Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick – into the single Dominion of Canada.
The country’s sesquicentennial anniversary, also known as the 150th anniversary of Confederation, is being promoted by the Canadian government as Canada 150, and there’s a lot to celebrate.
50 years ago, Canada observed its centenary with a signature world’s fair, Expo 67, and while there’s no single event this year that will rival it, the thousands of events being held across the country will make a visit a very enjoyable experience.