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

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KINGSTON MOMENTS

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EVENTS CALENDAR

Free festive fun for the family. Groove to the music, enjoy a tour of Kingston on board the Holiday Trolley, stroll the Holiday Market, try kids craft, visit Santa and join the Grinch, Frosty and Rudolph for a fun skate on the ice rink (weather permitting). Don’t miss this exciting celebration and seasonal activities for all ages. Dress for the weather and join everyone at Spring Market Square from 5 to 9 p.m. Remember to bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation to the Kingston Toy Drive! Step inside a life-sized snow globe for a wintry photo Groove to our DJ’s songs of the season Try kids crafts in Santa’s Workshop with the staff from Home Depot Enjoy storytelling with Mayor Bryan Paterson at 7 p.m. Skating demonstration by Kingston Synchronized Skating 7:45 p.m. (weather permitting) Make merry with Frosty, Rudolph and The Grinch Ride on the Trolley with Kingston Trolley Tours Visit Santa Claus and his elves Warm your hands by the fire pits Skating on Springer Market Square Rink (weather permitting) Shop the holiday market Do your Christmas shopping at the Holiday Market. Find that unique gift for yourself or someone special. Original crafts by local artisans: Under the Twilights: Hand painted bottle lights. Lighted glass blocks. Honigmann Apiaries: Honey, honey soaps, beeswax candles Natural Turnings: Beautiful, natural wood turned into coasters, tree ornaments and more. P&J Arts Management: photo cards, coasters, calendars and t-shirts Wilton Wheat Kings: homemade bread, buns tarts and other sweet treats Pendants by Iris: One-of-a-kind pendants incorporating maps and stamps in to the design Rhicreations: hand-poured soy candles, seasonal home décor Ovals: serving trays, candle holders, painted glass and more Nick Allinson: beautiful, one-of-a kind serving boards, custom made tables Glocca Morra Farms and Grill: Apple cider, cookies, natural wreaths, winter outdoor arrangements, Christmas hanging baskets, handmade Christmas decorations Waterfront Gifts and Apparel: Knit ware, Canadian made Christmas décor, Christmas baskets and pj’s
Start Date:
Fri, December 08, 2017 5:00 PM
Duration:
4 hours, 0 minutes
Location:
Springer Market Square
Description:

Free festive fun for the family. Groove to the music, enjoy a tour of Kingston on board the Holiday Trolley, stroll the Holiday Market, try kids craft, visit Santa and join the Grinch, Frosty and Rudolph for a fun skate on the ice rink (weather permitting). Don’t miss this exciting celebration and seasonal activities for all ages.  Dress for the weather and join everyone at Spring Market Square from 5 to 9 p.m. 

Remember to bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation to the Kingston Toy Drive!

  • Step inside a life-sized snow globe for a wintry photo
  •  Groove to our DJ’s songs of the season
  • Try kids crafts in Santa’s Workshop with the staff from Home Depot
  • Enjoy storytelling with Mayor Bryan Paterson at 7 p.m.
  • Skating demonstration by Kingston Synchronized Skating 7:45 p.m. (weather permitting)
  • Make merry with Frosty, Rudolph and The Grinch
  • Ride on the Trolley with Kingston Trolley Tours
  • Visit Santa Claus and his elves
  • Warm your hands by the fire pits
  • Skating on Springer Market Square Rink (weather permitting)
  • Shop the holiday market

Do your Christmas shopping at the Holiday Market. Find that unique gift for yourself or someone special. Original crafts by local artisans:

  • Under the Twilights: Hand painted bottle lights. Lighted glass blocks.
  • Honigmann Apiaries: Honey, honey soaps, beeswax candles
  • Natural Turnings: Beautiful, natural wood turned into coasters, tree ornaments and more.
  • P&J Arts Management: photo cards, coasters, calendars and t-shirts
  • Wilton Wheat Kings: homemade bread, buns tarts and other sweet treats
  • Pendants by Iris: One-of-a-kind pendants incorporating maps and stamps in to the design
  • Rhicreations: hand-poured soy candles, seasonal home décor
  • Ovals: serving trays, candle holders, painted glass and more
  • Nick Allinson: beautiful, one-of-a kind serving boards, custom made tables
  • Glocca Morra Farms and Grill: Apple cider, cookies, natural wreaths, winter outdoor arrangements, Christmas hanging baskets, handmade Christmas decorations
  • Waterfront Gifts and Apparel: Knit ware, Canadian made Christmas décor, Christmas baskets and pj’s