Canada's 150th Milestones

Canada's 150th Milestones

A Remarkable Country is Born

Nearly 150 years ago, at the Charlottetown and Québec conferences, the Fathers of Confederation worked on a visionary project—to create a lasting democracy—which today serves as a model for the world.

Making a link between the past and the future

In the coming years, as part of Road to 2017, the Government of Canada will encourage Canadians to commemorate events, celebrate accomplishments and honour individuals who have helped shape Canada as we know it today.

From now until 2017, Canadians will have numerous opportunities to learn more about their history and think about what they can achieve in the future. They will also be able to express their pride in everything their country represents:

A Canada that is a strong model and leader in the world with one of the most robust economies.
The launch of Digital Canada 150

A Canada that is proud of its identity, diversity, innovation, and achievements as well as its natural beauty and resources.

A Canada that is free with an open, diverse and pluralistic society.

Milestones- 2015

50th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada
Explore the new interactive exhibit "Canada's National Flag Turns 50" on Google Cultural Institute / View the alternative version

Our red and white maple leaf flag was first raised over Parliament Hill 50 years ago on February 15, 1965. This is a significant and special milestone as Canadians prepare for the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

The 50th anniversary of our National Flag in 2015 allows Canadians to reflect on our flag and what it represents — a strong, proud and free country. Our national flag speaks to what we have accomplished together, to the historical moments that have served to define us, and to the promising future of this great country.

Bicentennial of Sir John A. Macdonald's birth
As one of the Fathers of Confederation and Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald's (born January 11, 1815) role in shaping Canada's history is unparalleled. He was instrumental, with the assistance of Sir George-Etienne Cartier, in expanding Canada to the Pacific Ocean. During his years as Prime Minister, Canada experienced rapid growth and prosperity. Manitoba, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island joined Confederation, while the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway's transcontinental line was driven into the ground. He also created the North West Mounted Police, the precursor to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

In 2015, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the writing of In Flanders Fields and the Second Battle of Ypres.
This iconic poem was written on May 3, 1915 by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae during the Second Battle of Ypres — the first time gas was used in modern warfare.