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's and Canadian railways

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EVENTS CALENDAR

You are invited to bring any object you believe relates to the theme “Soldiers, Sailors, and Jailors.” Share memorabilia which tells the story of a soldier, sailor or jailer and bring your thing! This pop-up will test your Kingston & Canadian knowledge by hosting a NIGHT OF TRIVIA at the Portsmouth Tavern, which will start at 8 PM. Local museums will show off artifacts from their collections, including; Canada’s Penitentiary Museum, Murney Tower NHS, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes of Kingston and the Royal Military College Museum. The Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM), in partnerships with the City of Kingston, is featuring a series of pop-up museums throughout 2017 as part of Kingston’s Canada 150+ celebrations. Discover heritage through the objects and stories of others! If you are unable to attend these events, you can follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @kingstonmuseums. Use the hashtag #BYTKingston to share your “Soldiers, Sailors & Jailors” items. KAM would like to thank the City of Kingston for its support of this initiative. For more information about future Bring Your Thing events visit kingstonmuseums.ca/events.
Start Date:
Tue, July 25, 2017 7:00 PM
Duration:
2 hours, 30 minutes
Location:
Portsmouth Tavern (96 Yonge Street) Kingston, Ontario
Description:

You are invited to bring any object you believe relates to the theme “Soldiers, Sailors, and Jailors.” Share memorabilia which tells the story of a soldier, sailor or jailer and bring your thing!

This pop-up will test your Kingston & Canadian knowledge by hosting a NIGHT OF TRIVIA at the Portsmouth Tavern, which will start at 8 PM.

Local museums will show off artifacts from their collections, including; Canada’s Penitentiary Museum, Murney Tower NHS, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes of Kingston and the Royal Military College Museum.

The Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM), in partnerships with the City of Kingston, is featuring a series of pop-up museums throughout 2017 as part of Kingston’s Canada 150+ celebrations.

Discover heritage through the objects and stories of others!

If you are unable to attend these events, you can follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @kingstonmuseums. Use the hashtag #BYTKingston to share your “Soldiers, Sailors & Jailors” items.

KAM would like to thank the City of Kingston for its support of this initiative. For more information about future Bring Your Thing events visit kingstonmuseums.ca/events.

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

SESQUI will be spending the height of summer with its travelling cinematic dome tour in Kingston. SESQUI’s 360° dome will be located on the grounds of the Frontenac lot, near the Kingston harbour and opposite the Rogers K-Rock Centre. SESQUI’s HORIZON 360° film will be projected in 9K resolution. The film is approximately 22 minutes in length, and will be screened every half hour in our custom-built SESQUI dome. All admission is free and lineups are first come, first serve. Friday, August 11th – 12pm-10pm* Saturday, August 12th – 12pm-10pm Sunday, August 13th – 12pm-10pm Monday, August 14th – 12pm-10pm* Tuesday, August 15th – 10am-7:30pm* *School groups 12pm-2pm (weekdays only). We expect Friday night, Saturday and Sunday to be the busiest. Please plan your visit accordingly. Watch the trailer sneak peek on YouTube
Start Date:
Fri, August 11, 2017 12:00 PM
Duration:
10 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
28 Barrack Street Frontenac Lot
Description:

SESQUI will be spending the height of summer with its travelling cinematic dome tour in Kingston. SESQUI’s 360° dome will be located on the grounds of the Frontenac lot, near the Kingston harbour and opposite the Rogers K-Rock Centre.

SESQUI’s HORIZON 360° film will be projected in 9K resolution. The film is approximately 22 minutes in length, and will be screened every half hour in our custom-built SESQUI dome.

All admission is free and lineups are first come, first serve.

Friday, August 11th – 12pm-10pm*
Saturday, August 12th – 12pm-10pm
Sunday, August 13th – 12pm-10pm
Monday, August 14th – 12pm-10pm*
Tuesday, August 15th – 10am-7:30pm*
*School groups 12pm-2pm (weekdays only).

We expect Friday night, Saturday and Sunday to be the busiest. Please plan your visit accordingly.

Watch the trailer sneak peek on YouTube

Join us August 11-13, 2017 at the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival, North America’s largest sheep dog trials. Tickets Tickets are available online for $10 until August 10th at www.ticketpro.ca or $15 at the gate. Activities In addition to the trials competition itself, you’ll find a variety of activities and shows for the whole family to participate in! Enjoy the unique talents of the Ultimutts dogs (and cat) as they perform non-stop jaw dropping tricks during their three daily shows! Take your dog to Bark Camp and work as a team to practice skills such as Stay and Recall, Heel, Leave It and more! After camp, have the opportunity to ask the trainers specific questions about your canine pal. Turn your pet into an agility star at the Dog Lovers Days Canine Lure Course A regular fan favourite, enjoy the Kingston Police k-9 unit demos and meet with the constables and horses of the mounted unit Enter your canine companion in the Dock Dogs Competition and watch them catch some air as they dive into the water or just try it out for fun! If you’re a horse lover, you’ll enjoy the Horsemanship demonstrations with Ron Pyne as he shows off his expertise with his horses Rambler and Ongodoro. Watch your pet strut their stuff at our new pet fashion show, A Black Tail Affair! Please pre-register your pet for this Saturday event by contacting chughes@cityofkingston.ca Your kids will enjoy lots of fun activities including a police obstacle course, inflatables, crafts and face painting! Finally, take a stroll through the marketplace and browse the local artisans selling a mix of commercial and hand-crafted items for you and your pet. View the complete activity schedule. 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! Getting there Parking is available on site or ride the FREE Sheep Dog Shuttle Bus! There are three pick up locations available; Toys R Us, Kingston Memorial Centre and The Marriott Hotel at Kings Crossing. View the shuttle bus schedule. Accessibility This event is accessible! On site you will find accessible portable washrooms, an accessible seating area for watching the trials, assistive hearing devices for the trials competition, accessible parking close to the activities (must have accessible parking permit), rides from the parking area to the activity areas and path mats in high traffic areas to assist in navigating the site. If you have any questions regarding accessibility please contact us at sgrimes@cityofkingston.ca
Start Date:
Fri, August 11, 2017 12:00 AM
Duration:
All Day Event
Location:
2991 Highway 2 Kingston, ON
Description:

Join us August 11-13, 2017 at the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival, North America’s largest sheep dog trials.

Tickets

Tickets are available online for $10 until August 10th at www.ticketpro.ca or $15 at the gate.

Activities

In addition to the trials competition itself, you’ll find a variety of activities and shows for the whole family to participate in!   

  • Enjoy the unique talents of the Ultimutts dogs (and cat) as they perform non-stop jaw dropping tricks during their three daily shows!
  • Take your dog to Bark Camp and work as a team to practice skills such as Stay and Recall, Heel, Leave It and more! After camp, have the opportunity to ask the trainers specific questions about your canine pal.
  • Turn your pet into an agility star at the Dog Lovers Days Canine Lure Course
  • A regular fan favourite, enjoy the Kingston Police k-9 unit demos and meet with the constables and horses of the mounted unit
  • Enter your canine companion in the Dock Dogs Competition and watch them catch some air as they dive into the water or just try it out for fun!
  • If you’re a horse lover, you’ll enjoy the Horsemanship demonstrations with Ron Pyne as he shows off his expertise with his horses Rambler and Ongodoro.
  • Watch your pet strut their stuff at our new pet fashion show, A Black Tail Affair! Please pre-register your pet for this Saturday event by contacting chughes@cityofkingston.ca
  • Your kids will enjoy lots of fun activities including a police obstacle course, inflatables, crafts and face painting!
  • Finally, take a stroll through the marketplace and browse the local artisans selling a mix of commercial and hand-crafted items for you and your pet.

View the complete activity schedule.

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!

Getting there

Parking is available on site or ride the FREE Sheep Dog Shuttle Bus! There are three pick up locations available; Toys R Us, Kingston Memorial Centre and The Marriott Hotel at Kings Crossing.  

View the shuttle bus schedule.

Accessibility

This event is accessible! On site you will find accessible portable washrooms, an accessible seating area for watching the trials, assistive hearing devices for the trials competition, accessible parking close to the activities (must have accessible parking permit), rides from the parking area to the activity areas and path mats in high traffic areas to assist in navigating the site. If you have any questions regarding accessibility please contact us at sgrimes@cityofkingston.ca
 

SESQUI 2017 immersive 360° cinematic dome tour SESQUI will be spending the height of summer with its travelling cinematic dome tour in Kingston. SESQUI’s 360° dome will be located on the grounds of the Frontenac lot, near the Kingston harbour and opposite the Rogers K-Rock Centre. SESQUI’s HORIZON 360° film will be projected in 9K resolution. The film is approximately 22 minutes in length, and will be screened every half hour in our custom-built SESQUI dome. All admission is free and lineups are first come, first serve. Friday, August 11th – 12pm-10pm* Saturday, August 12th – 12pm-10pm Sunday, August 13th – 12pm-10pm Monday, August 14th – 12pm-10pm* Tuesday, August 15th – 10am-7:30pm* *School groups 12pm-2pm (weekdays only). We expect Friday night, Saturday and Sunday to be the busiest. Please plan your visit accordingly. Watch the trailer sneak peek on YouTube 28 Barrack Street Frontenac Lot
Start Date:
Sat, August 12, 2017 12:00 PM
Duration:
10 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
28 Barrack Street Frontenac Lot
Description:

SESQUI 2017 immersive 360° cinematic dome tour

SESQUI will be spending the height of summer with its travelling cinematic dome tour in Kingston. SESQUI’s 360° dome will be located on the grounds of the Frontenac lot, near the Kingston harbour and opposite the Rogers K-Rock Centre.

SESQUI’s HORIZON 360° film will be projected in 9K resolution. The film is approximately 22 minutes in length, and will be screened every half hour in our custom-built SESQUI dome.

All admission is free and lineups are first come, first serve.

Friday, August 11th – 12pm-10pm*
Saturday, August 12th – 12pm-10pm
Sunday, August 13th – 12pm-10pm
Monday, August 14th – 12pm-10pm*
Tuesday, August 15th – 10am-7:30pm*
*School groups 12pm-2pm (weekdays only).

We expect Friday night, Saturday and Sunday to be the busiest. Please plan your visit accordingly.

Watch the trailer sneak peek on YouTube

28 Barrack Street
Frontenac Lot

SESQUI 2017 immersive 360° cinematic dome tour SESQUI will be spending the height of summer with its travelling cinematic dome tour in Kingston. SESQUI’s 360° dome will be located on the grounds of the Frontenac lot, near the Kingston harbour and opposite the Rogers K-Rock Centre. SESQUI’s HORIZON 360° film will be projected in 9K resolution. The film is approximately 22 minutes in length, and will be screened every half hour in our custom-built SESQUI dome. All admission is free and lineups are first come, first serve. Friday, August 11th – 12pm-10pm* Saturday, August 12th – 12pm-10pm Sunday, August 13th – 12pm-10pm Monday, August 14th – 12pm-10pm* Tuesday, August 15th – 10am-7:30pm* *School groups 12pm-2pm (weekdays only). We expect Friday night, Saturday and Sunday to be the busiest. Please plan your visit accordingly. Watch the trailer sneak peek on YouTube 28 Barrack Street Frontenac Lot
Start Date:
Sun, August 13, 2017 12:00 PM
Duration:
10 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
28 Barrack Street Frontenac Lot
Description:

SESQUI 2017 immersive 360° cinematic dome tour

SESQUI will be spending the height of summer with its travelling cinematic dome tour in Kingston. SESQUI’s 360° dome will be located on the grounds of the Frontenac lot, near the Kingston harbour and opposite the Rogers K-Rock Centre.

SESQUI’s HORIZON 360° film will be projected in 9K resolution. The film is approximately 22 minutes in length, and will be screened every half hour in our custom-built SESQUI dome.

All admission is free and lineups are first come, first serve.

Friday, August 11th – 12pm-10pm*
Saturday, August 12th – 12pm-10pm
Sunday, August 13th – 12pm-10pm
Monday, August 14th – 12pm-10pm*
Tuesday, August 15th – 10am-7:30pm*
*School groups 12pm-2pm (weekdays only).

We expect Friday night, Saturday and Sunday to be the busiest. Please plan your visit accordingly.

Watch the trailer sneak peek on YouTube

28 Barrack Street
Frontenac Lot

SESQUI will be spending the height of summer with its travelling cinematic dome tour in Kingston. SESQUI’s 360° dome will be located on the grounds of the Frontenac lot, near the Kingston harbour and opposite the Rogers K-Rock Centre. SESQUI’s HORIZON 360° film will be projected in 9K resolution. The film is approximately 22 minutes in length, and will be screened every half hour in our custom-built SESQUI dome. All admission is free and lineups are first come, first serve. Friday, August 11th – 12pm-10pm* Saturday, August 12th – 12pm-10pm Sunday, August 13th – 12pm-10pm Monday, August 14th – 12pm-10pm* Tuesday, August 15th – 10am-7:30pm* *School groups 12pm-2pm (weekdays only). We expect Friday night, Saturday and Sunday to be the busiest. Please plan your visit accordingly. Watch the trailer sneak peek on YouTube
Start Date:
Mon, August 14, 2017 12:00 PM
Duration:
10 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
28 Barrack Street Frontenac Lo
Description:

SESQUI will be spending the height of summer with its travelling cinematic dome tour in Kingston. SESQUI’s 360° dome will be located on the grounds of the Frontenac lot, near the Kingston harbour and opposite the Rogers K-Rock Centre.

SESQUI’s HORIZON 360° film will be projected in 9K resolution. The film is approximately 22 minutes in length, and will be screened every half hour in our custom-built SESQUI dome.

All admission is free and lineups are first come, first serve.

Friday, August 11th – 12pm-10pm*
Saturday, August 12th – 12pm-10pm
Sunday, August 13th – 12pm-10pm
Monday, August 14th – 12pm-10pm*
Tuesday, August 15th – 10am-7:30pm*
*School groups 12pm-2pm (weekdays only).

We expect Friday night, Saturday and Sunday to be the busiest. Please plan your visit accordingly.

Watch the trailer sneak peek on YouTube

SESQUI will be spending the height of summer with its travelling cinematic dome tour in Kingston. SESQUI’s 360° dome will be located on the grounds of the Frontenac lot, near the Kingston harbour and opposite the Rogers K-Rock Centre. SESQUI’s HORIZON 360° film will be projected in 9K resolution. The film is approximately 22 minutes in length, and will be screened every half hour in our custom-built SESQUI dome. All admission is free and lineups are first come, first serve. Friday, August 11th – 12pm-10pm* Saturday, August 12th – 12pm-10pm Sunday, August 13th – 12pm-10pm Monday, August 14th – 12pm-10pm* Tuesday, August 15th – 10am-7:30pm* *School groups 12pm-2pm (weekdays only). We expect Friday night, Saturday and Sunday to be the busiest. Please plan your visit accordingly. Watch the trailer sneak peek on YouTube
Start Date:
Tue, August 15, 2017 10:00 AM
Duration:
9 hours, 30 minutes
Location:
28 Barrack Street Frontenac Lo
Description:

SESQUI will be spending the height of summer with its travelling cinematic dome tour in Kingston. SESQUI’s 360° dome will be located on the grounds of the Frontenac lot, near the Kingston harbour and opposite the Rogers K-Rock Centre.

SESQUI’s HORIZON 360° film will be projected in 9K resolution. The film is approximately 22 minutes in length, and will be screened every half hour in our custom-built SESQUI dome.

All admission is free and lineups are first come, first serve.

Friday, August 11th – 12pm-10pm*
Saturday, August 12th – 12pm-10pm
Sunday, August 13th – 12pm-10pm
Monday, August 14th – 12pm-10pm*
Tuesday, August 15th – 10am-7:30pm*
*School groups 12pm-2pm (weekdays only).

We expect Friday night, Saturday and Sunday to be the busiest. Please plan your visit accordingly.

Watch the trailer sneak peek on YouTube

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.