Executive Council
June 30, 2017

Newfoundland and Labrador Celebrates Canada 150

The Provincial Government is inviting residents and visitors to Newfoundland and Labrador to be among the first in the country to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday on Canada Day (Saturday, July 1) by attending one of the many Canada 150 events scheduled across the province.

Celebrating the anniversary of Confederation, Canada 150 unites Canadians from coast to coast to coast in 2017, and aims to build a sense of pride and attachment to Canada through local, regional, and national celebrations.

To help kick off celebrations, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, will participate in the sunrise ceremony from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. at Signal Hill National Historic Site tomorrow (Saturday, July 1). Free wheelchair accessible shuttles for this event will run from the Johnson Insurance Building on Factory Lane to Signal Hill and the Signal Hill Interpretation Centre from 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The City of St. John’s is also hosting Canada 150 celebrations at King George V Park, Quidi Vidi Lake with a family fun day starting at 2:00 p.m. To attend this event, free wheelchair accessible shuttles will run from Confederation Building to Kings Bridge Road from 1:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

In addition, sesquicentennial activities and events are planned across the province for Canada Day, including at the Provincial Visitor Information Centres and at each provincial park.

As well, in recognition of Memorial Day, The Rooms will offer free admission from noon to 5:00 p.m.

“Since 1949 we have been fortunate enough to be united with a nation of great resource and ability, one that prides itself on ethnic and cultural diversity. We are delighted to celebrate Canada 150 with our friends across the country, and want to take this opportunity to wish Canada a Happy Birthday. As we reflect on our province’s place within Canada, we must also take the time to remember and honour those who fought in the First World War. July 1 is recognized as Memorial Day in Newfoundland and Labrador, and has been observed annually since 1917. As with tradition, we will lower the flags on all Provincial Government buildings to half-mast from sunrise to noon on Saturday, July 1, in remembrance of the anniversary of Beaumont Hamel, and at noon, flags will be raised to full-mast for Canada Day.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Learn more
Canada 150 events around the province - ow.ly/s18230d2Eec external link

St. John’s Celebrates Canada 150 - www.stjohns.ca/canada150 external link

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Media contact
Michelle Cannizzaro
Office of the Premier

2017 06 30                             11:35 a.m.