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Multicultural Canada Day Celebrations at the Museum

Formerly known as the Anniversary of the Confederation of Our Dominion of Canada, or Dominion Day, July 1 marks the anniversary of the Constitution Act of 1867, which joined Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Canada province (now Ontario and Québec) into a single country.

Today, Canada Day is celebrated “From Bonavista to Vancouver Island, From the Arctic Circle to the Great Lake waters ” and indeed around the world. Whether watching fireworks on the Plains of Abraham, or playing street hockey in London’s (UK) Trafalgar Square, enjoying a pancake breakfast in Iqaluit, or the Final Four of the Motorcycle Mojo in Summerside, the ways which one can celebrate Canada Day are as diverse as Canadians themselves!

For 14 years, the Canada Day Celebrations at Pier 21, now the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, have been a favourite for visitors and locals alike. One of the best parts of my job is organizing this fun-filled day. This year, we welcomed visitors to the Museum from morning to night. We kicked off the day with an official citizenship ceremony where fifty newcomers became new Canadians (including the Museum’s very own Graphic Designer, Azam Chadeganipour). The festivities continued at our Multicultural Fair where kids, and kids-at-heart, enjoyed the live music, community performances, activities, crafts and cake!

Check out some photos from this year’s celebrations below. And mark your calendars, ideas for next year’s event are already in the works!


Did you know?

Canada Day also marks a number of significant national events:

  • July 1, 1927 – The first national radio broadcast initiated by the Canadian National Railway to cover the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation
  • July 1, 1966 - The first colour television transmission in Canada was launched simultaneously in English and French at 12:01 a.m.
  • July 1, 1967 - The Order of Canada was instituted on 1 July 1967, the 100th anniversary of Canadian Confederation
  • July 1, 1980 - O Canada was named Canada’s official national anthem