2017 historic anniversaries
This year, Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. This is a great opportunity not only to look back, but to also look ahead to the future of our country, who we want to be and what we want to accomplish.
Learn more about these great events that have left their mark on the Canada we know today.
On July 1, 1867, the first four provinces entered Confederation to create the Dominion of Canada. Since then, Confederation has expanded to encompass ten provinces and three territories.
In 1917, Fort Anne in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, became Canada’s first Historic Park. This event became the foundation of Canada’s national historic sites. Today, Canadians can explore more than 970 sites across the country.
50th anniversary of the Canada Games, 1967-2017
In 1967, when Canada celebrated its centennial, the first Canada Games were held under the motto “Unity through Sport.” Now Canada’s largest multisport competition for young athletes, the games represent a key step in the development of the next generation of Canadian champions.
125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, 1892-2017, and the centennial of the National Hockey League (NHL), 1917-2017
The oldest sports trophy competed for in North America is Governor General Lord Stanley’s cup, donated in 1892 as the top prize for Canada’s best amateur ice hockey team. It eventually became, and remains today, the pinnacle of success in the National Hockey League (NHL), which was organized in Montreal during the First World War and played its first games in 1917.
The year 2017 marks the centennials of the Battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele and the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. The First and Second World Wars have touched the lives of many Canadians and left a lasting legacy in the history of our country.