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2017 not only marks Canada’s 150th birthday but also the perfect time to plan a Canadian rail holiday. Lush scenery, lively celebrations and limitless possibilities await you along the country’s winding train tracks.
Ontario’s capital province, Toronto, offers an assortment of ways to enjoy the country’s 150th anniversary. Music lovers will appreciate the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s yearlong Canada Mosaic and the chance to hear the nation’s heritage celebrated by strings and songs. For something a bit more visual, the Toronto International Film Festival has chosen one hundred fifty of Canada’s most significant films to screen over the year and country.
Or perhaps you’d rather visit Vancouver and observe its Spring Lights Illumination. Lasting from 31st March to 1st April, this highlight of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Celebration projects the work of local artists across Queen Elizabeth Park’s breathtaking flora, turning the landscape into a colourful mosaic. Later, in April and June, the Vancouver Fringe Festival promises a more cinematic tribute to the country’s birthday.
In Quebec, journey to Montreal for two birthdays in one year as the city commemorates its own 375th anniversary alongside the country’s 150th. Strolling through Old Montreal, you might see the area’s past projected along its cobbled streets and eighteenth century buildings, thanks to Cité Mémoire, a multimedia exploration of Montreal’s history. A range of other festivities, such as the lights, food, and art of Montreal En Lumière, awaits as well.
Finally, travellers looking for something more outdoorsy than urban will rejoice over Parks Canada’s year-long free admission to its 46 national parks, 171 national historic sites and four national marine conservation areas. Take in the early federal building-inspired architecture of the Banff Park Museum, the wild splendour of Jasper National Park, or the sand dunes of Prince Edward Island National Park. The choices are myriad and all yours.
No matter the season or the sightseer, Canada’s wide variety of cities and views promises an unforgettable trip. Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in person, and book your Holidays By Rail journey today.