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 marks 176 years of being Canada's First Capital

On June 15, Kingston marks the 176th anniversary of being the First Capital of a united Canada with a day of free history-themed activities at City Park.

Kingston and great Canadian women

Numerous Kingston women leaders, artists and visionaries have made their mark on Canada – and their legacies have shaped Kingston and Canada.

Cancelled tree planting ceremony

May 5, 2017 - The sesquicentennial tree planting ceremony that was scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, May 6 is cancelled due to the heavy rain that is occurring and is forecast to continue for...

KINGSTON MOMENTS

Kingston and Great Canadian Women

43% of senior management in Kingston’s public & private sector are women.

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...

EVENTS CALENDAR

Canada Day will be celebrated over 4 days to mark Canada's Sesquicentennial. Kick off your summer by celebrating in Kingston. View the complete Canada 150 in Kingston event schedule. Today's events 9:15 p.m. - Movie in the Square - The Great Outdoors starting John Candy and Dan Ackroyd
Start Date:
Thu, June 29, 2017 9:15 PM
Duration:
1 hours, 30 minutes
Location:
Springer Market Square
Description:

Canada Day will be celebrated over 4 days to mark Canada's Sesquicentennial. Kick off your summer by celebrating in Kingston.

View the complete Canada 150 in Kingston event schedule.

Today's events

9:15 p.m. - Movie in the Square - The Great Outdoors starting John Candy and Dan Ackroyd

Canada Day will be celebrated over 4 days to mark Canada's Sesquicentennial. Kick off your summer by celebrating in Kingston. View the complete Canada 150 in Kingston event schedule. Today's events 5 - 10:30 p.m. – live performances on the Sesqui stage at City Hall 5 p.m. – Nick Babcock 6 p.m. – Taylor Angus 7 p.m. – Oscar Evans Quintet 8 p.m. – The Relative 9 p.m. – Dirty Radio 10 p.m. - Illumination of City Hall – by Mayor Paterson
Start Date:
Fri, June 30, 2017 5:00 PM
Duration:
5 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
City Hall Sesqui Stage at City Hall
Description:

Canada Day will be celebrated over 4 days to mark Canada's Sesquicentennial. Kick off your summer by celebrating in Kingston.

View the complete Canada 150 in Kingston event schedule.

Today's events

5 - 10:30 p.m.   –  live performances on the Sesqui stage at City Hall

  • 5 p.m. – Nick Babcock
  • 6 p.m. – Taylor Angus
  • 7 p.m. – Oscar Evans Quintet
  • 8 p.m. – The Relative
  • 9 p.m. – Dirty Radio 

10 p.m. - Illumination of City Hall – by Mayor Paterson

Canada Day will be celebrated over 4 days to mark Canada's Sesquicentennial. Kick off your summer by celebrating in Kingston. View the complete Canada 150 in Kingston event schedule. Today's events 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Kingston Public Market – Springer Market Square. 9 a.m. - Limestone Mile 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Pump House History in Motion – free admission and activities. Come to the Pump House where history will be in motion with FREE admission to the museum including the Kingston, Believe it or Not Exhibition, An Engage for Change information table with an opportunity to make a contribution to the Reconciliation Tree and Canada 150 block prints with the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Artfest Kingston – City Park 11:00 a.m. - Canada Day People Parade - The parade begins at the Metro parking lot at Princess and Barrie Street. 12 p.m. - Civic Ceremony - Sesqui Stage at City Hall 1 to 6 p.m. - Wagon rides, kids' activities, inflatable toys and more! Ontario Street and Confederation Park & Brock St. 1 to 6 p.m. - Vintage Ferris wheel – Ontario St. in front of Visitor Centre 1 p.m. - Mayor's Sail Past on Lake Ontario - Crawford Wharf, Confederation Basin 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Live music and performances – Sesqui Stage at City Hall 1 p.m. – The Savannah Shea Band 2 p.m. – Little California 4 p.m. – Lisa Vee & the VIP 5 p.m. – Lotus Shaker 7 p.m. – Spencer Evans 8 p.m. – Kim Pollard Band 9 p.m. – Still Standin' 3 and 6 p.m. - "The Dream Catchers" musical performances – Sesqui Stage at City Hall 10 p.m. - Fireworks - Bigger and better than ever! Come to Confederation Park for your best view of the Canada Day fireworks spectacular!
Start Date:
Sat, July 01, 2017 9:00 AM
Duration:
13 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
City Hall Confederation Basin Park Sesqui Stage at City Hall
Description:

Canada Day will be celebrated over 4 days to mark Canada's Sesquicentennial. Kick off your summer by celebrating in Kingston.

View the complete Canada 150 in Kingston event schedule.

Today's events

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Kingston Public Market – Springer Market Square.

9 a.m. - Limestone Mile

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pump House History in Motion – free admission and activities.

Come to the Pump House where history will be in motion with FREE admission to the museum including the Kingston, Believe it or Not Exhibition, An Engage for Change information table with an opportunity to make a contribution to the Reconciliation Tree and  Canada 150 block prints with the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum,

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Artfest Kingston – City Park

11:00 a.m. - Canada Day People Parade - The parade begins at the Metro parking lot at Princess and Barrie Street.

12 p.m. - Civic Ceremony -  Sesqui Stage at City Hall

1 to 6 p.m. - Wagon rides, kids' activities, inflatable toys and more! Ontario Street and Confederation Park & Brock St.

1 to  6 p.m. - Vintage Ferris wheel – Ontario St. in front of Visitor Centre

1 p.m. - Mayor's Sail Past on Lake Ontario - Crawford Wharf, Confederation Basin

1 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Live music and performances – Sesqui Stage at City Hall

  • 1 p.m. – The Savannah Shea Band
  • 2 p.m. – Little California
  • 4 p.m. – Lisa Vee & the VIP
  • 5 p.m. – Lotus Shaker
  • 7 p.m. – Spencer Evans
  • 8 p.m. – Kim Pollard Band
  • 9 p.m. – Still Standin'

3 and 6 p.m. - "The Dream Catchers"  musical performances – Sesqui Stage at City Hall

10 p.m. - Fireworks - Bigger and better than ever! Come to Confederation Park for your best view of the Canada Day fireworks spectacular!

Canada Day will be celebrated over 4 days to mark Canada's Sesquicentennial. Kick off your summer by celebrating in Kingston. View the complete Canada 150 in Kingston event schedule. Today's events 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Kingston Antique Market – Springer Market Square 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Artfest Kingston – City Park 7 p.m. - Lost Cousins – Sesqui Stage at City Hall 8 p.m. - Busty & The Bass – Sesqui Stage at City Hall
Start Date:
Sun, July 02, 2017 6:00 AM
Duration:
16 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Springer Market Square Sesqui Stage at City Hall City Park
Description:

Canada Day will be celebrated over 4 days to mark Canada's Sesquicentennial. Kick off your summer by celebrating in Kingston.

View the complete Canada 150 in Kingston event schedule.

Today's events

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Kingston Antique Market – Springer Market Square

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Artfest Kingston – City Park

7 p.m. - Lost Cousins – Sesqui Stage at City Hall

8 p.m. - Busty & The Bass – Sesqui Stage at City Hall

Hosted by the Kingston Arts Council Kingston Arts Council, Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning A Community Talking Circle, facilitated by Three Things Consulting Inc. and co-designed with community partners and indigenous leaders, to openly discuss the theme of reconciliation. The intent is to increase our overall cultural competence around indigenous issues, building on what residents know, how residents feel and how well residents put this knowledge into practice.
Start Date:
Thu, July 13, 2017 10:00 AM
Duration:
6 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Description:

Hosted by the Kingston Arts Council Kingston Arts Council, Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning

A Community Talking Circle, facilitated by Three Things Consulting Inc. and co-designed with community partners and indigenous leaders, to openly discuss the theme of reconciliation. The intent is to increase our overall cultural competence around indigenous issues, building on what residents know, how residents feel and how well residents put this knowledge into practice.

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 – 15 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 – 15

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 12:00 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

Hosted by the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites A Community Talking Circle, facilitated by Three Things Consulting Inc. and co-designed with community partners and indigenous leaders, to openly discuss the theme of reconciliation. The intent is to increase our overall cultural competence around indigenous issues, building on what residents know, how residents feel and how well residents put this knowledge into practice.
Start Date:
Tue, September 12, 2017 10:00 AM
Duration:
6 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Description:

Hosted by the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites

A Community Talking Circle, facilitated by Three Things Consulting Inc. and co-designed with community partners and indigenous leaders, to openly discuss the theme of reconciliation. The intent is to increase our overall cultural competence around indigenous issues, building on what residents know, how residents feel and how well residents put this knowledge into practice.

Hosted by the City of Kingston A Community Talking Circle, facilitated by Three Things Consulting Inc. and co-designed with community partners and indigenous leaders, to openly discuss the theme of reconciliation. The intent is to increase our overall cultural competence around indigenous issues, building on what residents know, how residents feel and how well residents put this knowledge into practice.
Start Date:
Wed, September 20, 2017 10:00 AM
Duration:
6 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Description:

Hosted by the City of Kingston

A Community Talking Circle, facilitated by Three Things Consulting Inc. and co-designed with community partners and indigenous leaders, to openly discuss the theme of reconciliation. The intent is to increase our overall cultural competence around indigenous issues, building on what residents know, how residents feel and how well residents put this knowledge into practice.

Hosted by HIV/AIDS Regional Services A Community Talking Circle, facilitated by Three Things Consulting Inc. and co-designed with community partners and indigenous leaders, to openly discuss the theme of reconciliation. The intent is to increase our overall cultural competence around indigenous issues, building on what residents know, how residents feel and how well residents put this knowledge into practice.
Start Date:
Thu, October 19, 2017 10:00 AM
Duration:
6 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Description:

Hosted by HIV/AIDS Regional Services

A Community Talking Circle, facilitated by Three Things Consulting Inc. and co-designed with community partners and indigenous leaders, to openly discuss the theme of reconciliation. The intent is to increase our overall cultural competence around indigenous issues, building on what residents know, how residents feel and how well residents put this knowledge into practice.