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On July 1, 2017, the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the Canadian Museum of History will officially open its new Canadian History Hall. Occupying more than 40,000 square feet, this ambitious exhibition project will feature some 1,500 artifacts representing 15,000 years of our nation’s history, from the dawn of human habitation to the present day. These priceless objects include a flint arrowhead; a brass astrolabe; the infamous pistol used to assassinate Thomas D’Arcy McGee, one of the Fathers of Confederation; the world’s oldest known hockey stick; and many more.

The project was developed with input from more than 24,000 Canadians to determine what the country wanted to see in the new space. The exhibition reflects Canada’s size, grandeur and diversity.

Visitors will be invited to engage with the exhibition through 65 interactive elements. For example, they can find out what it was like to be a fur trader in the 1700s.

Designed by Douglas Cardinal, the same architect who designed the main museum building in the 1980s, the new space echoes the flowing, curved lines of the nearby Chaudière Falls and Ottawa River. “To me, this is a sacred site,” says Mr. Cardinal. “This was always the centre, the capital, for thousands of years.”

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On June 21, 2017, the Canadian Museum of Nature will open a new permanent exhibition, the Canada Goose Arctic Gallery.

Located on the 4th floor of the historic museum, the gallery will reflect the rich natural diversity of the Arctic and its important connections to humans.

This vast Canadian region remains relatively unknown by the general public. Canada’s Arctic represents about 40% of the country’s land mass, and is home to more than 100,000 people and a surprising diversity of aquatic and land-based organisms. The Arctic Archipelago, made up of more than 36,000 islands, comprises six of the 30 largest islands in the world, including Baffin Island, which is larger than the island of Great Britain.

The Canada Goose Arctic Gallery will immerse visitors in a region that many will never visit in person, helping them explore its natural treasures, hear the voices of the people who live there, and consider the impact of the changes the region is experiencing.

The Northern Voices Gallery, a special exhibition space within the larger gallery, was developed with input from an advisory committee in order to include perspectives of Indigenous communities in the North. Exhibits will reflect past and current responses of northern peoples to their environment and landscapes.

The Canada Goose Arctic Gallery will provide a lasting legacy for all Canadians and Museum visitors.

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This is the City of Gatineau’s flagship event for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. For 107 days over the summer and fall, Jacques-Cartier Park will host MosaïCanada 150 / Gatineau 2017, Canada’s biggest horticultural event, on the banks of the Ottawa River, just across from Parliament Hill. Mosaïculture is a spectacular horticultural technique that combines sculpture and horticulture, and the Gatineau exhibit will pay tribute to Canadian symbols.

Some 40 different horticultural arrangements composed of 1.5 to 2 million plants will be installed along a one-kilometre route. Larger-than-life animals, hockey players, and a life-size replica of the first locomotive to cross Canada from coast to coast are just some of the amazing creations in this unique exhibition—and it’s absolutely free.

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In 2017, the City of Gatineau and the entire Outaouais region will take part in the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Quebecers’ legendary joie de vivre will be front and centre all year, thanks to a dozen special events being held in Gatineau. The Outaouais is expecting about a million extra visitors in 2017, and you’re invited to come and join in the activities and festivities!

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