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Where to Celebrate Canada150 in Hamilton

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Save the dates! From tall ships to aircraft and birthday bashes, Hamilton celebrates Canada’s 150th in grand style from surf to sky.

Hamilton is throwing a party, actually many of them, over the course of 2017 as Canada celebrates its 150th birthday as a nation. Countrywide, there will be thousands of events, but Hamilton’s lineup puts its own unique twist on the anniversary with creative programming that focuses on many of the elements that makes Hamilton great, including history, star attractions, food, art and music.

Here are a few notable highlights on how to reflect, celebrate and imagine the possibilities:


 

Past and present – Dundurn’s Golden Anniversary

June 17

Dundurn Golden Anniversary

Hamilton’s beloved Dundurn Castle has its own reason to celebrate this year as it marks its 50th anniversary since it opened as a historic house museum. That means seeing this attraction in a brand new light as visitors are welcomed into freshly restored rooms and the rarely seen Cockpit building. Special programming on June 17 includes plenty of hands-on activities, from gardening 19th-century style to period music, crafts and games.

A special evening outdoor event rounds out the festivities. “Light up the Knight” will feaure a pop-up market with local vendors, live music, and food, and a light and sound show illuminating Dundurn’s walls (a throw back to the 1960s  when light and sound shows were produced at Dundurn Park for Hamiton residents to enjoy). Organizers are also encouraging ‘plenty of lounging’ on Dundurn’s lush grounds so be sure to bring a blanket!


 

Oh Canada –star attractions – Tall Ships and Canada Day Fireworks

June 30 to July 1
Tall Ships in Hamilton

Visitors can look out into the bay and see majestic ships with their sails billowing in the breeze – just as locals witnessed more than a century earlier.  As part of the city’s Canada Day festivities, 11 guests will be making their way to Pier 8 on June 30 for the RENDEZ-VOUS Tall Ships Regatta. They are making their first return since the summer of 2013 when they wowed crowds attending War of 1812 festivities. Hamilton is honoured to be one of the very few cities in Canada that will be hosting these magnificent ships – the one and only stop in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area. Don’t miss this rare chance to witness a spectacular entrance into Hamilton Harbour during the June 30 Parade of Sail or experience them up close during free deck tours July 1. Great live enterainment, food and family-friendly programming will round out this memorable Canada Day party.

Canada Day Celebrations at Bayfront Park and Pier 4

Visitors can look out into the bay and see majestic ships with their sails billowing in the breeze – just as locals witnessed more than a century earlier.  As part of the city’s Canada Day festivities, 11 guests will be making their way to Pier 8 on June 30 for the RENDEZ-VOUS Tall Ships Regatta. They are making their first return since the summer of 2013 when they wowed crowds attending War of 1812 festivities. Hamilton is honoured to be one of the very few cities in Canada that will be hosting these magnificent ships – the one and only stop in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area. Don’t miss this rare chance to witness a spectacular entrance into Hamilton Harbour during the June 30 Parade of Sail or experience them up close during free deck tours July 1. Great live entertainment, food and family-friendly programming will round out this memorable Canada Day party.


 

History in the making – Air Force Day

July 8
CWHM CF-18 on ground2

The acclaimed Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum presents Air Force Day on July 8th, providing a look at its vast vintage aircraft collection along with current members of the Royal Canadian Air Force from helicopters, trainers and transports to the CF-18 Hornet and the Vimy Flight mini-squadron. You might not ever see these incredible flying machines assembled in one place again.


 

A stitch in time- Peace by Piece: Stitching Together Canadian Stories

July 10 to August 16

Quilt of Belonging2

One of the greatest things about both Canada and Hamilton is their diversity. What better way to symbolize the coming together of multicultural and indigenous communities than with the Quilt of Belonging, made up of 263 blocks representing all those peoples who have come together to form our country. Spanning more than 120 feet (36 metres), you can see this textile wonder at the Peace by Piece: Stitching Together Canadian Stories exhibit hosted at the Cotton Factory from July 10 to Aug. 16. Along with this impressive creation, there will be demonstrations, live performances, artists, musicians and talks arranged by regional museums.


 

These highlights are just a small sampling of what lies ahead for Hamilton’s Canada 150 events. For more details and the latest news on the more than 100 ways the city will be celebrating, visit www.hamilton.ca/Canada150.


 

Michele SponagleMichele Sponagle is a prolific journalist born and raised in Hamilton. Her work has appeared in top media outlets across Canada. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Michele’s blog takes a fresh look at some Hamilton classics, from iconic eateries to the quirky stories behind its most beloved and well-known attractions.

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