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

Pump House Steam Museum issues open call for shocking and zany objects

January 16, 2017 - The Pump House Steam Museum wants your interesting, zany and unusual objects for its Kingston: Believe It or Not exhibit. As part of the city's Sesquicentennial...

Kingston and Canada's Favourite Game

January 13, 2017 - This year, Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary of confederation. Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast will join family, friends and neighbours to honour their...

City's 'Engage for Change' Sesquicentennial project to be supported by the Government of Canada

January 11, 2017 - Engage for Change – a City of Kingston Sesquicentennial project designed to increase collaboration with Indigenous Peoples – will be supported by $83,600 from the...

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...

Kingston and the beginnings of Canada

Kingston is one of Canada’s oldest communities and predates the establishment of the Canadian nation itself. Long before Count Frontenac’s arrival established a French presence, the area now...

EVENTS CALENDAR

The Grand Theatre will present Some Enchanted Evening, featuring tenor Ben Heppner, soprano Rebecca Caine, mezzo- soprano Jean Stilwell, and bass-baritone Gary Relyea, under direction of pianist/music director David Warrack. For more information or to buy tickets to Some Enchanted Evening, visit the Grand Theatre website at www.kingstongrand.ca, call the box office at 613-530-2050 or visit us at 218 Princess St., Kingston.
Start Date:
Fri, January 27, 2017 7:30 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
The Grand Theatre
Description:

The Grand Theatre will present Some Enchanted Evening, featuring tenor Ben Heppner, soprano Rebecca Caine, mezzo- soprano Jean Stilwell, and bass-baritone Gary Relyea, under direction of pianist/music director David Warrack.

For more information or to buy tickets to Some Enchanted Evening, visit the Grand Theatre website at www.kingstongrand.ca, call the box office at 613-530-2050 or visit us at 218 Princess St., Kingston.

Theme: What’s Your Story? Bring Your Thing is a free pop-up museum experience that will be featured in various locations across Kingston in 2017. Bring any object you think relates to the theme and has special meaning to you. Display your item and share your story with others! The Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic sites, in partnership with the City of Kingston, will be celebrating Canada 150 through a series of pop-up museum events throughout Kingston in 2017. http://www.kingstonmuseums.ca/
Start Date:
Tue, February 21, 2017 5:30 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Isabel Turner Library
Description:

Theme: What’s Your Story?

Bring Your Thing is a free pop-up museum experience that will be featured in various locations across Kingston in 2017. Bring any object you think relates to the theme and has special meaning to you. Display your item and share your story with others!

The Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic sites, in partnership with the City of Kingston, will be celebrating Canada 150 through a series of pop-up museum events throughout Kingston in 2017.

http://www.kingstonmuseums.ca/

Theme: Where I’ve Been Bring Your Thing is a free pop-up museum experience that will be featured in various locations across Kingston in 2017. Bring any object you think relates to the theme and has special meaning to you. Display your item and share your story with others! The Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic sites, in partnership with the City of Kingston, will be celebrating Canada 150 through a series of pop-up museum events throughout Kingston in 2017. http://www.kingstonmuseums.ca/
Start Date:
Thu, March 09, 2017 9:30 AM
Duration:
2 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Kingston Military Family Resource Centre
Description:

Theme: Where I’ve Been

Bring Your Thing is a free pop-up museum experience that will be featured in various locations across Kingston in 2017. Bring any object you think relates to the theme and has special meaning to you. Display your item and share your story with others!

The Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic sites, in partnership with the City of Kingston, will be celebrating Canada 150 through a series of pop-up museum events throughout Kingston in 2017.

http://www.kingstonmuseums.ca/

The planting of 150 trees to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial Find out more about the Sesquicentennial
Start Date:
Sat, April 22, 2017 4:00 AM
Duration:
All Day Event
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The planting of 150 trees to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial

Find out more about the Sesquicentennial

Live music, street food and fireworks, no better way to celebrate the start of summer!
Start Date:
Mon, May 22, 2017 4:00 AM
Duration:
All Day Event
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Live music, street food and fireworks, no better way to celebrate the start of summer!

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:
1 hours, 0 minutes
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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.

 

Experience life in the First Capital era through different activities and displays!
Start Date:
Thu, June 15, 2017 4:00 AM
Duration:
All Day Event
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Experience life in the First Capital era through different activities and displays!

Start Date:
Sat, June 17, 2017 10:00 AM
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6 hours, 0 minutes
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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
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There’s lots to see and do on Canada Day in Kingston.