Canada 150 celebrations are on in full swing across the country and the Niagara region too has celebrations lined up this year. Niagara 150 is the region’s very own version of the country’s sesquicentennial celebrations. The people of Niagara will be celebrating the region’s history and achievements through commemorative events, special displays, food and drink, music and dance, fireworks, concerts in Queen Victoria Park and much, much more. Here’s a look at some a few of the major events lined up this special year. Help Canada ring in it's 150th Birthday in style with Niagara 150.
Niagara 150 Celebration Events
Free Admission at Historical Sites
The Niagara Region is home to some of the most important significant and historical Canadian locations. Sites like Fort George Battlefield and Fort, Queenston Heights Park, Butler's Barracks and Lundy's Lane will all offer free admission during Niagara 150 with a Free Canadian Discovery Pass.
Cuvee Grand Tasting
What’s a celebration without some wonderful wine and delectable food? As part of the Niagara 150 celebrations, you can enjoy a weekend of fun with the Cuvee Grand Tasting. The event will be held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre at Niagara Falls. Savour amazing food and wine combinations at the Cuvee Grand Tasting on March 24 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and celebrate some more at the Après Cuvée party afterwards. You can enjoy the food whipped up by chefs at live cooking stations while sipping on your choice of wine. With your ticket to the Grand Tasting event, you can also explore Niagara wine country by visiting the participating wineries for tasting sessions on March 24, 25 and 26.
Niagara Food & Wine Expo
Niagara is famous for its wine country and the Niagara Food and Wine Expo celebrates the natural bounty of the region as well as wines from international shores. It is a prominent international tasting event. With an admission pass, you too can enjoy some of the best global and local wines, beers and spirits. The wine and culinary experience will see some of the best restaurants in the area serving fresh, local cuisine along with your choice of tipple. You also get a free wine sampling glass with your ticket. Head to the Niagara Scotiabank Convention Centre on April 21, 22 and 23 to savour some lovely food and wine combinations.
And this is just one of the many Wine festivals to take place during Niagara 150.
Canada Day in the Falls
Niagara Falls will witness a grand three-day celebration for Canada Day on June 30, July 1 and 2, 2017. On July 1, Canada Day, the Grand Parade will be held along Victoria and Queen St. There will be entertainment for children and adults, street music and art shows, food and much more.
Celebrations also include a magnificent display of fireworks to celebrate Canada 150. In addition to the regular fireworks display, there will be major additional fireworks on July 1 and 2. The double display of fireworks will add more zing to the celebratory mood in the city.
Multiple Fireworks over Niagara Falls Displays
To celebrate Niagara 150 Niagara Parks will be increasing the number of Fireworks displays to 5 days per week. These free events take place nightly Monday - Friday at 10pm and can be seen throughout Niagara Falls, particularly well from a Fallsview Room overlooking Niagara Falls.
Commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the first parliament of Upper Canada
225 years ago on 17th September, 1792, Upper Canada’s first parliament’s sitting took place at Niagara-on-the-Lake (called Newark back then). As is the norm in parliament, legislations were introduced and discussed for the entire duration of five sessions. The fifth and last session of the first parliament took place on 3rd June, 1796. And it is indeed befitting to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the first parliament of Upper Canada on 17th September during the Canada and Niagara 150 celebrations in 2017.
Canadian Snowbirds perform over Niagara
The armed forces of a country are a source of pride due to their courage and strong sense of duty towards the nation. One such unit in Canada – the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron are also known for their brilliant aerobatic shows. The team will also be participating in the Canada/Niagara 150 celebrations with their incredible air demonstration displays. You can watch them perform their thrilling feats at the Niagara airport on September 20th, 2017. The viewing public can also enjoy music and entertainment along with the exciting aerobatic show.
First Nations’ Monument
It is a fact that the First Nations have contributed immensely to the founding of the country. In recognition of their important contributions, a monument is being constructed at Thorold during the sesquicentennial. Well-known architect Douglas Cardinal who is of Native heritage will design the First Nations Stone Hearth Monument.
The circular design of the monument is a tribute to the inclusive spirit of native cultures, and will depict curved walls symbols of longhouses. It will also feature wampum belts, a symbol of peace and reconciliation. Additionally, the monument showcases the sun through a hearth in the centre with a luminous sphere. Besides this, seating too will be a part of the Stone Hearth Monument.
Many additional events planned
Many additional items are expected to be released to the Niagara 150 events calendar in the coming weeks. These events, along with amazing yearly Niagara Events such as Niagara Falls Fireworks, wine country, fine dining, multiple casinos, beautiful nature trails and the Falls themselves make Niagara the place to be in 2017!
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