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Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary

Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, which makes it a special time to visit this beautiful country.


Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, which makes it a special time to visit this beautiful country--and there's no better way to explore the country than by train.

From bustling cities like Toronto to quiet retreats like Banff National Park, Canada is having celebrations in each nook and cranny. They've thought of everything from music festivals, art exhibits, food and wine tours, and amazing fireworks. And perhaps the biggest perk is that throughout all of 2017, Parks Canada is offering free admission to all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas that it operates.

The big cities of Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal take part in the action too. In June, Toronto will celebrate National Aboriginal Day and host The Indigenous Arts Festival in June. Then the city kicks off winter season with the Cavalcade of Lights, which showcases the area's diverse artists. In Quebec, celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24th. Canada honors this national holiday with ceremonies, a parade, and festivals.

July is an especially great time to visit and enjoy the massive celebrations around Canada Day on July 1st. Special events will occur throughout the country for the entire weekend. The capital city of Ottawa is planning spectacular events, focusing on the area's diverse arts, culture, music, and cuisine.

On the western seaboard, this year's Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival will also include the Spring Lights Illumination for an amazing light and music display in Queen Elizabeth Park. This British Columbia hot spot will also showcase First Nations artists with original murals spread across the city.

When you're not taking part in festivities, Canada is also the perfect place to kick back, relax, and watch the scenery and wildlife breeze by your train window. A Trans Canada trip takes you through the hidden highlights of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, where you can quietly admire the stunning landscape that makes this country so unique.

Canada offers it all and with its special 150th anniversary events, 2017 is the year to embark on a Canada rail vacation you will never forget.

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