Celebrating Canada’s 150th in the Capital
To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, the NCC will offer visitors and residents a unique experience while building a legacy for the next 50 years in Canada’s Capital Region.
We will finalize plans to build a Capital region for 2067 and create a legacy for future generations. We will invest in public infrastructure and parks to beautify the Capital. We will invite residents and visitors alike to experience new and unique public programs in the region with the launch of the Confederation Pavilions.
What to expect in 2017
NCC initiatives to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary will fall under three areas:
Planning the Capital
In 2017, we will roll out two major plans that will guide the improvement of the Capital region in the next fifty years to the bicentennial of Canada in 2067:
- The Plan for Canada’s Capital 2017–2067 : lays out a broad vision for the future of the Capital
- The Capital Illumination Plan 2017–2027 : provides guidelines to enhance the beauty and safety of the Capital after dark
Beautifying the Capital
We are working on several projects that will enhance the beauty of the Capital, including:
- Confederation Boulevard beautification
- A unique tulip species for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations
- Rehabilitation of the Garden of the Provinces and Territories
- Creation of Harmony Park at LeBreton Flats
- New Mackenzie Avenue cycling lanes
- Launch of the design competition for Nepean Point
- Improved public access to Richmond Landing and the Bronson Pulp Mill ruins
- Major restoration of the Tin House Court block on Sussex Drive
- Rehabilitation of the Rideau Hall forecourt
We will celebrate the 150th anniversary with the grand opening of the new International Pavilion at 7 Clarence Street and 50 Sussex Drive. Ten diplomatic missions will use this space to highlight their relationship with Canada and showcase the best of their culture.
Residents and visitors will also have a unique opportunity to experience programs at NCC heritage properties rarely accessible to the public.
Find more information about the Confederation Pavilions here.
NCC Behind the Scenes
We will continue to work behind the scenes in support of partner initiatives, including major events organized by Canadian Heritage, such as Canada Day and Winterlude. We will also help facilitate special events in the Capital in 2017, including Red Bull Crashed Ice in Ottawa and MosaïCanada 150/2017 in Gatineau.