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This is a big year for Canada! We're celebrating our country's 150th birthday! Check this page for information about events, projects and programs happening throughout the year to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation.


  • City of Waterloo & Wilfrid Laurier University - The Dream Catchers - June 28
    • The City of Waterloo & Wilfrid Laurier University have been selected as hosts for The Dream Catchers performance, a Canada 150 Signature project presented by the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, P.E.I. The Dream Catchers is a national touring hip hop, spoken word and folk performance blended with contemporary and Indigenous dance. It features 26 young professional performers, interpreting through music and dance the ambitions, hopes and dreams of Canada's next generation through a lens of reconciliation, inclusion and the environment. Local schools and the public are encouraged to attend this outdoor, all ages, bilingual showcase of diversity in Canada.

    • The performance will be held at University Stadium on June 28 at 1 p.m. 
  • University of Waterloo Canada Day celebration - July 1
    • This year's celebration will be bigger than ever! Offering entertainment for all ages, including a range of family activities, delicious festival food and drinks, live performances by Canadian talent, and a spectacular fireworks display, you won't want to miss this event. 
  • This All Belongs To You - City of Waterloo Museum exhibit on now until Jan. 26, 2018
    • The City of Waterloo Museum presents the second exhibition in the city's year-long celebration of Canada's 150thbirthday with This All Belongs to You, an exhibition that showcases 150 Waterloo stories of people, places and things.
  • The living legacy tree-planting program -  a total of 2017 native trees, approximately three feet in height in container pots will be distributed throughout the 2017 planting season at various events indicated below. Proof of Waterloo residency is required to receive a tree. 
    • Earth Day - May 27
      • 150 native trees were handed out on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Service Centre Open House - June 10
      • 517 native trees were handed out on a first-come, first-served basis at this year's event.
    • Councillor Diane Freeman will hand out trees on Sunday, July 9 at a BBQ being hosted by the Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church. 

    • Councillor Angela Vieth will hand out trees on Saturday, August 12 at an event being held at Albert McCormick Community Centre.  

  • Canada 150 Lecture Series - The University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University are hosting a three-part lecture series for Canada 150, in partnership with the Waterloo Public Library and the City of Waterloo. As we recognize and celebrate 150 years of Confederation, this lecture series explores significant periods of Canadian history and their influence on Canada today.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. - VImy Ridge: The Battle and the Myth 
    • An expert panel from both UW and Laurier will discuss what happened during the famous battle and why Canadians have come to see it as the beginning of our national identity. The panel will also explore the memory and permanence of the Vimy Memorial and how it has faded and re-entered Canadian consciousness since World War II.

    • Waterloo Public Library, Main

    • Free public event /seating is limited

    • Reserve your spot online
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. - Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Post-Secondary Education
    • How are universities responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action? Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of our two institutions will talk about the challenges and opportunities for indigenization on our campuses. 

    • Knox Waterloo Presbyterian Church

    • Free public event /seating is limited

    • Reserve your spot online
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 at 7 p.m. - Canada's Hidden Histories
    • Our country's 150th anniversary has been a year of both celebration and debate about our collective and contested past. Four professors from Laurier and Waterloo will bring to light some of the hidden figures and narratives, including those of First Nations, gender struggles, and migration/refugee experiences.

    • CIGI Campus, Waterloo

    • Free public event /seating is limited
    • Reserve your spot online


  • The central promenade - TD Bank Group is working with local communities across Canada to revitalize green spaces in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. Thanks to the generous support from TD, through the TD Common Ground Project, Waterloo Park's Central Street entryway will become a more welcoming pedestrian-friendly entrance to the park and the central promenade bridge over Silver Lake will be twinned to provide a safer separate route for cyclists and pedestrians. There will also be a lookout over silver lake that will provide an opportunity for small scale events and gatherings and a gathering place will be created at the Central Street entrance.

  • The Waterloo Public Square will be decked out in red and white this summer when the flower beds in the square will be filled with spectacular red and white floral displays.

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More information 

Media release: City of Waterloo appoints two university officials as Canada 150 Community Leaders

For more information on the Canada 150 Community Leaders network, please visit the FCM website. Follow this network of local leaders on Twitter using #Muni150 and on Facebook