Three outstanding reasons to visit Canada during the summer of 2017

There’s lots going on in Canada this summer. Notably, throughout 2017, as part of the country’s 150th birthday celebrations, Parks Canada Discovery Passes provide free access to national parks.

Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, will host celebrations to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the act of union that’s widely regarded as the birth of the nation. Fireworks will shoot into the sky above the city on 1 July (Canada Day).

The skyline of Vancouver in British Columbia.

The skyline of Vancouver in British Columbia.

Here are three reasons the visit Canada during the summer of 2017:

Ottawa 2017 & commemorating a century since Vimy

Ottawa 2017 is a programme of events and exhibitions commemorating 150 years of nationhood. From late June into September, you can get aboard at the newly built Lyon Station, part of the Light Rail Transit line scheduled to open next year. Kontinuum, a free-to-visit multimedia installation, will be projected for ten weeks.

The revamped Bank of Canada Museum is set to re-open this summer, adding to Ottawa’s array of modern, interactive tourism attractions. The Canadian War Museum is exploring the legacy of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, fought a century ago, where four Canadian divisions advanced side-by-side, an event now seen as a key moment in the young nation’s development.

The Canadian flag.

The Canadian flag.

Looking back in Montreal

This year Montreal is marking 375 years since foundation. That means events celebrating the city’s history and origins as part of New France.

There’s also a programme commemorating half-a-century since Expo 67, the universal exposition seen as a catalyst to Montreal becoming the metropole it is today. For insights into the sassy style of the 60s, head to the McCord Museum, where the Fashioning Expo 67 exhibition showcases chic outfits and other articles of clothing reflecting that era’s optimism.

Summer is the best time of year to stroll the sculpture garden at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, which opened a new wing, the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, last November. An exhibition of wedding gowns by Jean-Paul Gaultier and Revolution, exploring the turbulence of the 1960s, are reasons to step inside.

A maple leaf in Montreal.

A maple leaf in Montreal.

Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta

How about looking at Canada’s coastline from the elevated position of a sailing ship’s crow’s nest? Crew members aboard 40 fully rigged vessels will be doing that during the Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, a race traversing 7,000 miles.

The Canadian Museum of Human Rights

You could also head inland to Winnipeg, home of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Between 30 June and 20 August the ships will be in the waters of eastern Canada as part of the celebrations marking 150 years since Confederation. They will call at 35 ports — including Charlottetown (30 June to 2 July), Port Saguenay (14 to 16 July), Quebec City (18 to 23 July), Halifax (28 to 31 July) and St John (18 to 20 August) — where live music, parades by crew members and performances by street artists will mark their presence.

For further ideas see the Explore Canada website.

The Northern Lights in Manitoba, Canada.

Like dancing at night? The Northern Lights in Manitoba, Canada.

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