This year is Canada's 150th birthday!
Celebrate by learning more about our great country at some of the best historical sites close to home.
Learn Through Art
Share your love of Toronto with the community when you help create An Art Map of Canadian Identity at the Spadina Museum. Toronto artist Xenia Gonzalez is creating a collaborative art project and invites all Canadians to share their family history. Visit the Spadina Museum throughout the year to see how the map grows and changes.
The Past is Never Far is an exhibit from Summer Leigh that combines historic photos of urban Toronto with contemporary images capturing the changes in an amazing way. See for yourself at the Mackenzie House until September 15th; you can even purchase prints from the exhibit directly from Summer Leigh.
Street Art 2017 is a great way to enjoy Canadian history through art. Seven Toronto artists will use sidewalk chalk to create images of Toronto's history commemorating Canada's 150th birthday. These amazing images will pop up throughout the city until the end of August.
Explore Our History
Enjoy free admission to any Mississauga museum until August 22 and learn about our history! Explore the 1867 Rebellion and Confederation exhibit at the Gibson House Museum and see 3 decades of Canadian history through art, videos, and interactive pieces. Or, learn how Torontonians have helped shape the iconic maple leaf in the Maple Leaf Forever: Toronto's Take on a National Symbol exhibit at the Market Gallery.
Become a part of history by contributing your favourite Canadian memories in a Memory Jar with the Gibson House Preserves. Each participant will receive a jar to fill with their favourite Canadian memories or of the memories they have from when they became citizens. Jars will be included in the museum's fall exhibit this year.
Mississauga's Celebration Square is the place to go to connect with your community and celebrate being Canadian. Food trucks are open daily from noon until 10pm and kids can splash and play in the Fountain in Upper Square. Don't forget to visit Legends Row, a beautiful outdoor space dedicated to celebrating prominent Mississauga residents.
Tour the inside and grounds of Ontario's Parliament for free this summer. Additionally, families can participate in two great activities, Family Fun Fridays and Weekend Explorers, that make learning about parliament fun and exciting for children!