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

City to plant 150 Trees to mark sesquicentennial

April 21, 2017 - To mark the sesquicentennial of the Confederation of Canada, the City of Kingston will plant 150 trees specially designated as "Sesquicentennial Trees" this year. To meet...

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

City to plant 150 Trees to mark sesquicentennial

To mark the sesquicentennial of the Confederation of Canada, the City of Kingston will plant 150 trees specially designated as “Sesquicentennial Trees" this year.  To meet...

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...

EVENTS CALENDAR

To mark the Sesquicentennial of the Confederation of Canada, the City will plant 150 “Sesquicentennial Trees" this year. The public is invited to join in a special tree planting ceremony 15 red maples in Trillium Ridge Park. Find out more about this endaevour The remaining 135 “Sesquicentennial Trees” will be scattered throughout the city in the shape of giant maple leaf. Coordinates to each of these trees will be made available online. Public parking is available on Edgar St. as well as at the Trillium Child Care Centre at 790 Edgar St. 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 1:00 PM
Duration:
1 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Trillium Ridge Park, on Edgar St. between Taylor Kidd and Centennial Dr.
Description:

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

The public is invited to join in a special tree planting ceremony 15 red maples in Trillium Ridge Park.

Find out more about this endaevour

The remaining 135 “Sesquicentennial Trees” will be scattered throughout the city in the shape of giant maple leaf. Coordinates to each of these trees will be made available online.

Public parking is available on Edgar St. as well as at the Trillium Child Care Centre at 790 Edgar St.

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

Find out more about the Sesquicentennial

In partnership with the City of Kingston, Sam Roberts Band is set to take the stage during the closing celebration of The Breakout Project, Canada's biggest social innovation event. Winners of multiple Juno Awards, Sam Roberts Band’s universal, cross-disciplinary appeal makes it an ideal choice for The Breakout Project. In a remarkable co-incidence, the new album Terraform was recorded near Kingston, at The Tragically Hip's studio, the Bathouse. The public is invited to participate or attend from May 10-12, 2017 in Kingston, Ontario. For more information visit thebreakoutproject.com and samrobertsband.com
Start Date:
Fri, May 12, 2017 8:00 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Springer Market Square
Description:

In partnership with the City of Kingston, Sam Roberts Band is set to take the stage during the closing celebration of The Breakout Project, Canada's biggest social innovation event.

Winners of multiple Juno Awards, Sam Roberts Band’s universal, cross-disciplinary appeal makes it an ideal choice for The Breakout Project. In a remarkable co-incidence, the new album Terraform was recorded near Kingston, at The Tragically Hip's studio, the Bathouse. The public is invited to participate or attend from May 10-12, 2017 in Kingston, Ontario. For more information visit thebreakoutproject.com and samrobertsband.com

Start your summer season at Lake Ontario Park during the City’s annual Victoria Day Celebrations. Enjoy great live entertainment, local food trucks, exciting 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! Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and a water bottle to fill up at the Utilities Kingston Water Buggy. New this year, there will be an ATM on site! Parking will be available at the St. Lawrence College parking lots (100 Portsmouth Ave). There is no parking on site at Lake Ontario Park. A shuttle bus will be provided from the college transit station to Lake Ontario Park. Accessible parking is available at Lake Ontario Park. Celebrate Victoria Day with more service, more often with Kingston Transit! New for 2017, all Kingston Transit Express Routes (501/502, 601/602, 701/702) as well as the Route 1, 7, and 15 will operate on Saturday service schedules. Stay and enjoy the fireworks with family and friends. Kingston Transit will be there to get you home. Event schedule In the Park: 1 – 8 p.m. Live performances throughout the day by The Fire Guy – A theatrical fire eating, fire juggling, and fire breathing experience! Thousand Islands Playhouse presents Daisy Amazed Me 3:30 p.m. at the Pavillion. Face painting & balloon twisting Baby Playzone (until 6 p.m.) Military zipline and obstacle course presented by CFB Kingston Inflatable activities Dog Lover Days Canine lure course: Bring your dog (on a leash) and give it a try for $5 per dog Local food trucks At the Waterfront: 6 p.m. - Taylor Angus – A beautiful blend of jazz, folk and soul 7 p.m. - Jordy Jackson Band – Country rock 8 p.m. - Absolute Journey Tribute – A tribute performance to Journey 9:30 p.m. - Spectacular fireworks show For more information please contact 613-546-4291, ext. 1715.
Start Date:
Mon, May 22, 2017 1:00 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. Enjoy great live entertainment, local food trucks, exciting 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!

Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and a water bottle to fill up at the Utilities Kingston Water Buggy. New this year, there will be an ATM on site!

Parking will be available at the St. Lawrence College parking lots (100 Portsmouth Ave). There is no parking on site at Lake Ontario Park. A shuttle bus will be provided from the college transit station to Lake Ontario Park. Accessible parking is available at Lake Ontario Park.

Celebrate Victoria Day with more service, more often with Kingston Transit! New for 2017, all Kingston Transit Express Routes (501/502, 601/602, 701/702) as well as the Route 1, 7, and 15 will operate on Saturday service schedules. Stay and enjoy the fireworks with family and friends. Kingston Transit will be there to get you home.

Event schedule

In the Park:

1 – 8 p.m.

  • Live performances throughout the day by The Fire Guy – A theatrical fire eating, fire juggling, and fire breathing experience!
  • Thousand Islands Playhouse presents Daisy Amazed Me 3:30 p.m. at the Pavillion.
  • Face painting & balloon twisting
  • Baby Playzone (until 6 p.m.)
  • Military zipline and obstacle course presented by CFB Kingston
  • Inflatable activities
  • Dog Lover Days Canine lure course: Bring your dog (on a leash) and give it a try for $5 per dog
  • Local food trucks

At the Waterfront:

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

As part of Kingston’s Canada 150+ celebrations, you are invited to bring any object you believe relates to the theme “My First?” From heirlooms to keepsakes, bring anything which reminds you of a first for you. Discover heritage through the stories of others! The Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM), in partnership with the City of Kingston, is featuring a series of pop-up museum events throughout 2017.
Start Date:
Thu, May 25, 2017 6:30 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
CMHA Kingston - 400 Elliot Ave. Unit 11
Description:

As part of Kingston’s Canada 150+ celebrations, you are invited to bring any object you believe relates to the theme “My First?” From heirlooms to keepsakes, bring anything which reminds you of a first for you.  Discover heritage through the stories of others!

The Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM), in partnership with the City of Kingston, is featuring a series of pop-up museum events throughout 2017.

Founded by Champlain in 1606, The Order of Good Cheer held weekly celebrations full of good food, drink and musical entertainment to help brighten the long winter nights in Canada. Cantabile celebrates Canada 150 with the invigorating sounds of Bon Débarras. On their guitars, banjo, violin, washboard and harmonicas, and integrating foot percussion, jig and body percussion, the trio creates musical atmospheres that transcend boundaries and ages.
Start Date:
Sat, May 27, 2017 7:30 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Sydenham Street United Church
Description:

Founded by Champlain in 1606, The Order of Good Cheer held weekly celebrations full of good food, drink and musical entertainment to help brighten the long winter nights in Canada. Cantabile celebrates Canada 150 with the invigorating sounds of Bon Débarras. On their guitars, banjo, violin, washboard and harmonicas, and integrating foot percussion, jig and body percussion, the trio creates musical atmospheres that transcend boundaries and ages.

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.

Farmers’ markets have played an integral role in the fabric of communities as a gathering place and centre of local commence. Through historical costumes, food, music, games, activities and displays, this summer Community Harvest Market will be celebrating Canada 150 by bringing community together for two special events that focus on our past and reflect on our future. Please visit our website or Facebook page for updates on these special CHK market events. Link for more information www.communityharvestkingston.com www.facebook.com/KingstonCommunityHarvestMarket
Start Date:
Wed, July 26, 2017 2:30 PM
Duration:
3 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
St. Matthew’s United Church,31 Weller Avenue, corner of Weller Ave. and Daly St
Description:

Farmers’ markets have played an integral role in the fabric of communities as a gathering place and centre of local commence.  Through historical costumes, food, music, games, activities and displays, this summer Community Harvest Market will be celebrating Canada 150 by bringing community together for two special events that focus on our past and reflect on our future.  Please visit our website or Facebook page for updates on these special CHK market events.

Link for more information 

www.communityharvestkingston.com

www.facebook.com/KingstonCommunityHarvestMarket

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.

Farmers’ markets have played an integral role in the fabric of communities as a gathering place and centre of local commence. Through historical costumes, food, music, games, activities and displays, this summer Community Harvest Market will be celebrating Canada 150 by bringing community together for two special events that focus on our past and reflect on our future. Please visit our website or Facebook page for updates on these special CHK market events. Link for more information www.communityharvestkingston.com www.facebook.com/KingstonCommunityHarvestMarket
Start Date:
Wed, August 30, 2017 2:30 PM
Duration:
3 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
St. Matthew’s United Church,31 Weller Avenue, corner of Weller Ave. and Daly St.
Description:

Farmers’ markets have played an integral role in the fabric of communities as a gathering place and centre of local commence.  Through historical costumes, food, music, games, activities and displays, this summer Community Harvest Market will be celebrating Canada 150 by bringing community together for two special events that focus on our past and reflect on our future.  Please visit our website or Facebook page for updates on these special CHK market events.

Link for more information 

www.communityharvestkingston.com

www.facebook.com/KingstonCommunityHarvestMarket