Published June 2017
Canada’s 150th birthday is just around the corner. And boy are there some epic celebrations in store for you! July 1st marks the day this great country became a nation a century and a half ago, and there’s a ton happening across the province in conjunction with celebrations around the country.
Whether you’re Canadian or just someone who loves Canada, rock that red and white and come join the party!
1. See Alan Doyle, Measha Brueggergosman, Said the Whale and other awesome artists up-close, in-person, FOR FREE.
Official Canada 150 celebrations take place in Moncton, Saint John, and Fredericton. You can expect a serious show of Canadian pride with major musical lineups and family friendly events leading up to fireworks spectaculars fit for a sesquicentennial.
2. Hit the road for a Canada Day celebration somewhere new.
Canada Day is on a Saturday this year, which means it’s perfectly timed for a summer road trip. Celebrations take place all around the province, many of them off the beaten path in smaller communities. There are also a host of other festivals happening, like the Miramichi Rock N’ Roll Fest and McAdam Railway Days. So why not make a trip of it and see somewhere new?
3. Experience New Brunswick as it was during Confederation, 150 years ago
Did you know you can actually step back in time to the year Canada became a country? Head to Kings Landing Historical Village and Village Historique Acadien for a hands-on look at 19th-century life. You’ll even get to see musket firings at Kings Landing, a special event for Canada Day.
4. Pack a picnic and head to a New Brunswick Provincial Park - Entrance is FREE for Canada Day!
There’s no question about it, being outside is good for your health. You’re only an hour away from a provincial park anywhere in the province, so take advantage of the free entry and get out there! Discover beaches, mountains, trails, wildlife, camping, and all kinds of events happening over the weekend, like the famous Sand Sculpture competition at New River Beach.
5. Welcome the Canada 150 Festival of Tall Ships to Caraquet
In honour of Canada’s 150th, more than 40 tall ships from around the world are sailing Canadian waters with scheduled stops at host ports across the country. Give them a big New Brunswick welcome in Caraquet (June 30-Jul 2), Miramichi (July 7-9), and Saint John (August 18-20). You can even climb aboard for a tour!
6. See the Legislative Assembly turned into a movie screen for MALA
The facade of the Legislature comes to life for an evocative and vibrant journey through our collective identity. A dynamic multimedia presentation is projected upon the building to tell a story like nothing you’ve ever seen. Be prepared for history to jump off the pages...
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