Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary in Oakville

Happy Birthday Canada!

2017 marks Canada’s 150th Anniversary. Visit this page often for up-to-date information about how Oakville will be celebrating with exhibits, community events and more!

Community Events

To find out more about which community events will be celebrating Canada's 150 in Oakville this year, visit the online Event Calendar and look for the maple leaf symbol under the event listings.

Already planning an event? Check out this helpful Canada 150 Infographic (pdf, 464 KB) for ideas about how to add a Canadian flare to your event!

Review our Canada 150 Tool Kit (pdf, 860 KB) for more planning assistance and ideas.

Please also feel free to use the Town of Oakville's red seal and letter head files: letter top and letter bottom.

Request to use the Government of Canada's official 150 logo. Visit the Canada 150 page for more information.

Reminder, book early! 2017 is expected to be a very busy year for events. To help ensure the success of your event be sure to contact the Town of Oakville, and reserve any necessary rental companies and local support agencies (i.e. paid duty police) as soon as possible.

Town Celebrations

Make Your Move Family Day - February 20, 2017

Celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday with special birthday activities at Glen Abbey Community Centre, Iroquois Ridge Community Centre, Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre and Oakville Museum. Visit the Make Your Move Family Day webpage for more information about this free family event!

Oakville Museum Canada 150 Exhibitions

In 2017 the Oakville Museum will feature a selection of exciting 150-themed exhibits and installations.

Oakville Museum at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

HOME and Native Land: Being Canadian
February 17, 2017 to January 2018

A story of 150 voices!  Artifacts, photographs and interviews of current Oakville residents, 150 voices tell our story!  Representing different cultures and traditions from around the world, woven together to showcase Oakville’s vibrant community and its Canadian identity.

With Glowing Hearts: Celebrating 1967
Summer 2017

How was the Centennial celebrated 50 years ago in Oakville?  A fun and energetic recapturing of the atmosphere and spirit of the 1967 celebration featuring oversized photographs, 1967 paraphernalia, decade dolls, etc.

Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate

From Far and Wide: Tales from a Suitcase
July 1, 2017 to September 16, 2018

Using the museum’s suitcase and costume collection, as well as archival documentation, we will tell stories of immigration from over 150 years as a collective history of becoming Canadian.

Oakville Museum at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex

Stand on Guard: Sport in Canada
September 2017 to September 2018

An amazing look into the history of some well-known sports that Canadians enjoy that have been influenced by a number of factors including our four seasons and our geographic and social diversity. Learn the cultural origins and some cool facts about hockey, basketball, lacrosse, rugby, karate and cricket among other sports and Canada's role in their development.

Tale of the Town of Oakville

The Tale of a Town – Canada is a site-specific theatre and media project being developed in collaboration with The National Arts Centre of Canada.

In June 2016 the project's Storymobile (a.k.a. recording booth on wheels) gathered over 100 stories from Oakville local heroes, community stakeholders, neighbourhood residents and independent business owners in Oakville.

These stories captured the collective community memory of Oakville's main streets, one story at a time, while preserving local heritage and promoting neighbourhood culture.

Between February 11-20, 2017 in partnership with Fixt Point Productions the Town of Oakville will host an interactive exhibit in the Main Gallery at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre that show cases a selection of the stories collected as part of this project.

The Tale of a Town of Oakville exhibit will share perspectives on the story of our community as it has changed over the years. The exhibit will feature active listening stations, a quote wall, an activity station and a recording booth to continue to capture new stories.

Residents and visitors are invited to visit the Tale of a Town of Oakville exhibit in the Main Gallery at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre between February 11-20, 2017. Admission is free.

As the final stage of the project, the Tale of a Town of Oakville will also be presenting a stage performance piece at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts in September 2017. Visit this webpage over the summer for more details.

Both project outcomes are being created in collaboration with local artists and in partnership with local organizations and are part of a national venture that celebrates our country’s main street culture, in commemoration of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.

Tale of a Town: Tiny Town Travelling Exhibition

The Tale of a Town's 2017 exhibit will be travelling to various community centres in Oakville to host an interactive exhibit showcasing a selection of stories.

Please see the following schedule for dates and locations of the exhibit:

March 22 - 31: Iroquois Ridge Community Centre
June 26 - July 7: Oakville Museum
September 11 - 14: Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
September 18: 16 Mile Sports Complex
Winter 2018 (Dates TBD): River Oaks Community Centre
Spring 2018 (Dates TBD): Glen Abbey Community Centre

Canada 150 Mosaic - Oakville's community mural

The Canada 150 Mosaic Mural Project commemorates Canada’s 150th Anniversary by bringing together 150 communities and thousands of participants to create community murals that visually reflect the history and culture of Canada. Once complete, the community murals will be virtually connected to form one gigantic mural mosaic with a railway theme that connects the country from coast to coast.

Our mural is composed of 750 tiles, each measuring four inches square and painted by Oakville residents. The official unveiling of Oakville's 150 Anniversary community mural took place on February 16, 2016 at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). Oakville’s community mural is now on exhibit at River Oaks Community Centre.