Happy birthday Canada! 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canada, it is the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation. There are a lot of events happening across the country to celebrate including Signature Projects, and local projects and events to highlight our culture and history.
Hamilton has a lot of great events and activities you can participate in, which we’ve compiled below:
1. Our Hamilton: Through Their Eyes
Date: May 6, 2017 12pm $3
Location: Hamilton Military Museum, York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Gain insight into the lives of soldiers who protected the freedom of all Canadians in commemoration of our nation’s 150th anniversary. The effects of the WWI were so far-reaching they impacted the lives of every Hamiltonian. Follow the course of Hamilton’s involvement from the initial “call to arms” to the post-war period through treasures from the collections of The Hamilton Military Museum including letters, photos and personal items owned by Hamiltonians.
2. From The Ark: Ancaster 150
Date: May 6, 2017 1pm $2.50
Location: Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum, 64 Sulphur Springs Rd, Ancaster, Hamilton, ON, Canada
In this museum exhibit, join the Farmer family as they journey from “The Ark” of family lore through 150 years of life in Ancaster. Explore how their world changed between 1867 to 2017 and discover key points in national history.
— Meanwhile in Canada (@MeanwhileinCana) May 13, 2017
3. H.M.C.S. Haida Season Opening Day
Date: May 18, 2017 10am Free
Location: 658 Catharine Street North, Hamilton, ON, Canada
H.M.C.S. Haida is in “ship shape” Bristol fashion for the kick-off of Haida’s 2017 season and in celebration of Canada 150.
4. Sidewalk Sounds
Date: May 19, 2017 10am Free
Location: Concession Street, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Enjoy a historic art installation posted on actual addresses of buildings in vintage photos. In the evening starting at 6 pm, enjoy live music from five different performers and shop local vendors and stores. All are welcome to attend and enjoy the best of what Concession Street has to offer, with fantastic views from the Mountain Brow!
5. The Canadaland Guide to Canada
Date: May 23, 2017 7:30pm $15
Location: Mills Hardware, King Street East, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Canadaland’s Jesse Brown delves into the dark side of Canadian history to celebrate the launch of his book The Canadaland Guide to Canada. The show will consist of a series of stories accompanied by slides, short films and highlights of Canadian film and tv from a satirical angle. Jesse will be joined on stage by local historians and comics. Journalist Jesse Brown runs Canadaland, the crowd-funded news site that has disrupted the way the Canadian media works. He pioneered a new business model for news while uncovering scandals at the CBC, the Globe and Mail, and in government.
— Niagara Parks (@NiagaraParks) May 15, 2017
6. Dundas International Buskerfest
Date: June 2, 2017 6pm Free
Location: Downtown Dundas Business Improvement Area, Hamilton, ON
Watch street performers from around the world gather for this nationally renowned weekend of fun! Enjoy art and craft vendors, a sidewalk sale, fine dining and international cuisine. Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday 11:30am-10pm, Sunday 11:30am-6pm.
7. Hamilton Arts Week
Date: June 1-7, 2017
Location: Hamilton, ON
Hamilton Arts Week is an annual civic celebration of the arts that launched during the week of June 1-7, 2015. It’s a busy week of arts events presented by over 50 partnering arts organizations, with awareness driven by an in-kind ad campaign in The Hamilton Spectator and online engagement. 2017 will feature art, music and stories from Indigenous, multicultural and LGBTQ artists.
— CF-18 Demo Team (@CF18Demo) May 13, 2017
8. Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek
Date: June 3, 2017 10am Prices vary: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Youth $5, Family $25, Children under 5 are free
Location: Battlefield House Museum & Park National Historic Site, Hamilton, ON
Saturday to 10 pm, Sunday to 4:30 pm Experience the drama, pageantry, and excitement of the Battle of Stoney Creek of June 6, 1813, one of the most important events in Canada’s history that helped to secure our borders and contributed to the sovereignty of our Nation. Bring the whole family for games, food, demonstrations, musical entertainment, fireworks, and the Re-enactment itself and join in a truly Canadian celebration of our Nation’s birthday. Visit the Friends of Battlefield House at www.battlefieldhouse.ca for more information. Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Youth $5, Family $25, Children (ages under 5) Free.
9. 300 Years of Community Celebration
Date: June 3, 2017 2pm Free
Location: 342 Barton Street East, Hamilton, ON
We are excited to be unveiling three new murals along Barton Street, celebrating the culture, nature and industry found in Hamilton, Ontario.
10. H.M.C.S. HAIDA – The “Fightingest” Weekend
Date: June 10, 2017 10am $4.90 per child and $7.30 per adult
Location: 658 Catharine Street North, Hamilton, ON
“Celebrate Canada’s military heritage and the contributions of the Royal Canadian Navy’s “Fightingest” ship, with an emphasis on D-Day operations and H.M.C.S. Haida’s many Battle Honours. Explore Second World War period vehicles, enjoy historic documentary film screenings and participate in guided tours. On Saturday evening at 7:00p.m, break out the jitterbug as part of H.M.C.S. Haida’s Canada 150 Celebrations. Relive the dance hall days of the 1940s as we present an unforgettable Shore Leave Party on the jetty, featuring Canada’s “Sweetheart of Swing”, Alex Pagnam and Her Alleycats. Admission included in entry fees. *This special weekend event features premium heritage programming. Discounted Fees for Canada 150: $4.90 per child and $7.30 per adult. ” Partially accessible.
— Nathan Tidridge (@tidridge) May 6, 2017
11. Dundurn’s Golden Anniversary Celebration
Date: June 17, 2017 12pm Free
Location: Dundurn Castle, York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON
The City of Hamilton has operated Dundurn for over 100 years. On June 17 1967, the museum officially reopened its doors to a crowd of more than 3,000 people to celebrate the newly restored “Castle.” June 17, 2017 marks our 50th anniversary as a historic house museum. Join us as we celebrate 50 years of restoration with special tours of newly restored rooms, view the rarely-seen Cockpit building, and participate in hands-on activities such as gardening and cooking, using tools and techniques from the 1850s. Throughout the day, guests can enjoy music, crafts and games which were popular in MacNab’s time as well as in the 1960s when the museum first opened.
12. Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days
Date: June 25, 2017 11am Free
Location: Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON
Experience the steam era by catching a ride on miniature steam trains—and maybe even learn to run one! Witness the social and mechanical life of Canada’s early industrial revolution during a free guided tour of the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology.
13. Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta: Hamilton
Date: June 30, 2017 Free
Location: Discovery Drive, Hamilton, ON
The majestic Tall Ships are returning to Pier 8 following their hugely successful visit back in the summer of 2013. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to witness the spectacle of 11 Tall Ships gracing Hamilton’s beautiful waterfront.
— Tourism Hamilton (@TourismHamilton) May 15, 2017
14. Leander Boat Club Canada Day Regatta and LBC 90th Anniversary Open House
Date: July 1, 2017 Free
Location: Leander Boat Club, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton, ON
Join us for a regatta, a BBQ, and tours of our club house in celebration of the Leander Boat Club’s 90th Anniversary and Canada’s sesquicentennial.
15. Rotary Club of Dundas Pancake Day
Date: July 1, 2017 $5
Location: Dundas Driving Park, Hamilton, ON
Start your Canada Day with a traditional breakfast of pancakes, sausages, and syrup served up by local dignitaries. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a piece of cake prepared by the Village Bakery, enjoy truly Canadian entertainment, face painting, and a visit from a Royal Canadian Policeman.
— Canada Switzerland (@CanSwitzerland) May 6, 2017
16. Canada 150 Celebration Weekend at Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology
Date: July 1, 2017 11AM Free
Location: Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, 900 Woodward Ave, Hamilton, ON
Families can join the Confederation Marine Modellers, the Canadian Modeling Association for Meccano and Allied Systems, the Hamilton Model Engineering Club, and the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers in celebrating the 150th anniversary of confederation. Enjoy the great variety of boats, and visit with the builders and operators as they cruise around the pond. Catch a ride on a miniature train on the scale model railway. Marvel at moving Meccano models and working model engines and take a walk through the 1859 steam powered Pump-House – a truly memorable historical experience.
17. Air Force Day
Date: July 8, 2017. 9am. Starting at $15.
Location: Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, 9280 Airport Rd, Mount Hope, Hamilton, ON
Meet current members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, see their aircraft up close on the ground, and learn the many roles performed by Canada’s air force today. From helicopters, trainers, and transports to the CF-18 Hornet plus the collection of vintage military aircraft from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, visitors will have a chance to view over 60 aircraft.
— Scott McDonald (@ScottinVictoria) May 6, 2017
18. Historic Garden Tours
Date: July 8, 2017 12:30pm Adults: $11.50, Seniors/Youth: $9.50, Children: $6.00, Infants: Free, Family: $30.00
Location: Dundurn Castle, York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON
Saturdays 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, Sundays 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Dundurn’s historic Kitchen Garden catered to the nutritional needs and aesthetic desires of the MacNab family 150 years ago. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, enjoy informative stories and historic gardening knowledge conveyed by costumed garden staff. The tour promises to be a pleasure for the mind and the senses. Free outdoor event. Regular admission rates apply to the museum.
19. Peace by Piece: Stitching Together Canadian Stories
Date: July 10, 2017. 10AM.
Location: The Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman Ave N, Hamilton
The Quilt of Belonging is a textile art project, spanning 120 feet. It is comprised of 263 blocks, each created to recognize Canada’s diversity. It celebrates our common humanity and promotes compassion among people. This exhibition includes a variety of programming that is family-friendly and will excite all interests. Museums, artists, craftsmen, and musicians from across Hamilton Halton Brant will provide workshops, talks, concerts and demonstrations to engage our Canadian spirit and imagination.