Celebrating Canada at 150

Kingston is at the heart of Canada's story – shaping our past, building our future.

In 2017, Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation. During this historic year, Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast will celebrate our great country – its stunning environment, diverse peoples and unique cultures – in meaningful ways.

Kingston invites Canadians to join celebrations in the city where much of it began. Bold, inclusive and authentic events are planned to honour our past and build excitement for our future. Sesquicentennial initiatives will highlight Kingston's culture, creativity and innovation and explore our role in shaping Canada.

Kingston, a city of Canadian firsts

These Kingston-based firsts have helped shaped the fabric of Canada:

  • In 1841, the government of the United Province of Canada met in Kingston, its first capital from 1841 to 1844, and started the conversation that continues to define Canada as a democratic nation.
  • Kingston is known as the home Sir John Alexander Macdonald, the first prime minister of Canada and the "Father of Confederation." Without Kingston's Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada as it is today would not exist.
  • In 1856, the Grand Trunk Railway Train commenced service – the first major railroad in Ontario to connect Montreal and Toronto via Kingston.  It forever altered how commerce was undertaken in the province.
  • One cold afternoon, in the winter of 1886, a square rubber puck, cut down from an old lacrosse ball, was dropped onto the ice of Lake Ontario. Armed with crooked sticks, teams comprised of students from Queen's University and cadets from the Royal Military College faced-off in the first inter-university hockey game ever played and the first match in what would become Canada's oldest hockey rivalry.
  • The red maple leaf of the Canadian flag perhaps serves as Canada's most important and beloved national emblem. Embraced by all Canadians, the maple leaf unifies the nation. Travelers proudly stitch Canadian flag patches to backpacks to tell the world the place they call home. The maple leaf has come to stand for Canada's most important values. But did you know that the Canadian flag was designed right here in Kingston?

 


 

SESQUICENTENNIAL NEWS

Kingston and Canada's Great Politicians

March 3, 2017 - This year, Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary of confederation. Canadians from coast-to-coast-to coast will join families, friends and neighbours to honour our great...

Kingston and the creation of the Canadian flag

February 10, 2017 - This year, Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary of confederation. Canadians from coast-to-coast will join friends, neighbours, and families to honour their great...

KINGSTON MOMENTS

Kingston and Canada's notable politicians

Kingston is perhaps best known for being the home of Sir John Alexander Macdonald, the first prime minister of Canada and the “Father of Confederation.” Born in Scotland in 1815, Macdonald moved...

Kingston and Canada's favourite game

Hockey game, c. 1949-1950, (courtesy of Queen’s University Archives) One cold afternoon, in the winter of 1886, a square rubber puck, cut down from an old lacrosse ball, was dropped...

EVENTS CALENDAR

To mark the Sesquicentennial of the confederation of Canada, the City will plant 150 “Sesquicentennial Trees" this year. In a special tree planting ceremony 15 red maples will be planted in Trillium Ridge Park at the corner of Taylor Kidd Boulevard and Centennial Drive. The remaining 135 “Sesquicentennial Trees” will be scattered throughout the city in the shape of giant maple leaf. Kingston is at the heart of Canada’s story - shaping our past and building our future. Find out more about the Sesquicentennial
Start Date:
Sat, May 06, 2017 4:00 AM
Duration:
All Day Event
Location:
Taylor Kidd and Centennial Dr.
Description:

To mark the Sesquicentennial of the confederation of Canada, the City will plant 150 “Sesquicentennial Trees" this year.

In a special tree planting ceremony 15 red maples will be planted in Trillium Ridge Park at the corner of Taylor Kidd Boulevard and Centennial Drive.

The remaining 135 “Sesquicentennial Trees” will be scattered throughout the city in the shape of giant maple leaf.

Kingston is at the heart of Canada’s story - shaping our past and building our future.

Find out more about the Sesquicentennial

Start your summer season at Lake Ontario Park during the City’s annual Victoria Day Celebrations. Join us and enjoy live entertainment, local food trucks, inflatable activities, face painting and balloon twisting, topped off by a jaw dropping fireworks display! The perfect kick off to a summer of family fun! Check back for a confirmed schedule of activities closer to the event. For more information please contact 613-546-4291, ext. 1715.
Start Date:
Mon, May 22, 2017 5:00 PM
Duration:
8 hours, 30 minutes
Location:
Lake Ontario Park
Description:

Start your summer season at Lake Ontario Park during the City’s annual Victoria Day Celebrations. Join us and enjoy live entertainment, local food trucks, inflatable activities, face painting and balloon twisting, topped off by a jaw dropping fireworks display! The perfect kick off to a summer of family fun!

Check back for a confirmed schedule of activities closer to the event.

For more information please contact 613-546-4291, ext. 1715.

Celebrate the completion of the K&P trail This project includes adding 6.4 kilometres of trail to the K&P Trail that would lead from Douglas Fluhrer Park to Binnington Court with 2.9 kilometres on road and 3.5 kilometres off road.
Start Date:
Sat, June 10, 2017 11:00 AM
Duration:
5 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Description:

Celebrate the completion of the K&P trail This project includes adding 6.4 kilometres of trail to the K&P Trail that would lead from Douglas Fluhrer Park to Binnington Court with 2.9 kilometres on road and 3.5 kilometres off road.

 

Join us for First Capital Day where Kingston’s history is brought to life! Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and beyond can immerse themselves in free hands-on historical displays and activities. Enjoy several interactive exhibitors representing different aspects of life in 1800’s Kingston. This event is also open to the general public. Stay tuned for a full list of exhibits coming soon! Teacher’s packages will be sent to all Kingston area schools in April. For more information please contact 613-546-4291, ext. 1715.
Start Date:
Thu, June 15, 2017 9:30 AM
Duration:
5 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
City Park - 33 Bagot St.
Description:

Join us for First Capital Day where Kingston’s history is brought to life! Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and beyond can immerse themselves in free hands-on historical displays and activities.

Enjoy several interactive exhibitors representing different aspects of life in 1800’s Kingston. This event is also open to the general public.

Stay tuned for a full list of exhibits coming soon!

Teacher’s packages will be sent to all Kingston area schools in April.

For more information please contact 613-546-4291, ext. 1715.

Start Date:
Sat, June 17, 2017 10:00 AM
Duration:
6 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Various locations
Description:
There’s lots to see and do on Canada Day in Kingston.
Start Date:
Sat, July 01, 2017 4:00 AM
Duration:
All Day Event
Location:
Description:

There’s lots to see and do on Canada Day in Kingston.

IMMERSIVE 360° CINEMATIC DOME TOUR August 11 – 16 Kingston, Ontario IMMERSIVE 360° CINEMATIC DOME TOUR, A true 360° immersive experience of the 20-minute film HORIZON, a visual symphony celebrating the people, landscapes and freedoms that make Canada home. Filmed in every province and territory, HORIZON features over 380 on-screen performers and a soundtrack of original and contemporary Canadian music. Watch the trailer sneak peek on YouTube
Start Date:
Fri, August 11, 2017 4:00 AM
Duration:
All Day Event
Location:
Description:

IMMERSIVE 360° CINEMATIC DOME TOUR

August 11 – 16

Kingston, Ontario

IMMERSIVE 360° CINEMATIC DOME TOUR, A true 360° immersive experience of the 20-minute film HORIZON, a visual symphony celebrating the people, landscapes and freedoms that make Canada home.

Filmed in every province and territory, HORIZON features over 380 on-screen performers and a soundtrack of original and contemporary Canadian music.

Watch the trailer sneak peek on YouTube

Come out and celebrate the 30th annual trials festival.
Start Date:
Fri, August 11, 2017 4:00 AM
Duration:
All Day Event
Location:
Description:

Come out and celebrate the 30th annual trials festival.