No better place to celebrate Canada’s birthday!
Canada turns 150 in 2017 – why not come to Canada’s birthplace to celebrate? In 1864, delegates to the Charlottetown Conference came up with an interesting concept – why not merge the colonies and form a country? A series of meetings and conferences followed and on July 1, 1867 the Dominion of Canada was declared.
Charlottetown is proud of its role as Canada’s Birthplace and the activities planned for our 150th birthday revolve around the country’s origins, its current standing especially in the arts, and our future as a great nation. Most of the action will take place in and around Confederation Centre of the Arts, located right in the heart of Charlottetown. Built in 1964 to commemorate the Charlottetown Conference, Confederation Centre has a mission to “inspire Canadians through heritage and the arts to celebrate the origins and evolution of Canada.” And how! Here’s a quick rundown on all the ways visitors can take part in Canada 150 activities right in the centre of Canada’s Birthplace:
• Take in the free daily performance by the Young Company – this year’s Dream Catchers show draws on the visions of young Canadians collected during a coast-to-coast workshop series. Expect original music, and high-energy singing and dancing!
• Every evening at dusk the Centre’s sandstone wall will light up with a visual and auditory journey across Canada. And it’s free too!
• While Province House next door is undergoing conservation, the historic Confederation Chamber has been recreated in Confederation Centre’s Upper Foyer. Take a seat at the conference table and imagine yourself a country. (Free admission.)
• Or step into Parks Canada’s installation “Imagine a Country” and tell the world your vision for the future.
• If you need a more in-depth explanation of Canada’s conception and birth, follow our Confederation Players around for a bit. Guided tours and dramatic vignettes will provide a background on the political and social events of the 1864 time frame.
• At the Confederation Centre Art Gallery the commemorative exhibition RE:collection in 2017 will fill the gallery’s 1,200 square metres. The exhibit will explore the building of a major Canadian art collection featuring selections from the Robert Harris collection; L.M. Montgomery’s manuscript for Anne of Green Gables; the Expo 67 craft collection; and the commissioned Confederation Murals. (Admission by donation)
#Centre150 in the heart of Charlottetown is certainly the one-stop location for Canada’s sesquicentennial celebration!