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Don’t miss the Canada 150 celebrations happening across the country. Learn more about several special days to celebrate throughout 2017.

More events will be added here soon so be sure to check this page regularly.

Is your local branch doing something special to celebrate Canada 150? Are you or your family doing some special activity to celebrate?  Contact us and let us know about it so we can help get the word out!

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Edmonton Branch (AB17)                                 

Saturday July 1, 2017

Celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday with the Edmonton Branch
8:00am to midnight
At the Royal Canadian Legion Kingsway, 14339 50th Street NW in Edmonton

Join your Edmonton Branch in celebrating Canada's 150th birthday on July 1, 2017! This all-day event is a combined effort with the Canadian Legion branch 175 and to be held at the Royal Canadian Legion at 14339 50 St NW in Edmonton. For all the details, view the event poster.

British Columbia

North Island – John Finn Branch (BC06)          

Wednesday June 14, 2017
Best Western Westerly Hotel, 1590 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay, BC

At our June 14th Business/Luncheon, North Island - John Finn branch, will be celebrating Canada's 150 Anniversary with an indoor BBQ at the Best Western Westerly Hotel in Courtenay, BC.  This will consist of their choice of either a hamburger or chicken burger, salads and of course, all the fixings.  Dessert with include fresh Strawberry fruit tarts and fruit kebabs.  The tables will be decorated with white table clothes with a red overlay.  A surprise Canada Day package will be on each table and someone will take home Canada Day mementos.  Our meeting always starts with singing of O Canada, a nice gesture from the members attending.

Our guest speaker will be Wendy Johnstone of Keystone Eldercare Solutions, here in the valley. We hope everyone at the AMM has a meaningful meeting and Happy Canada Day to all across Canada.

Cecile Turnbull
Programs Director - BC06

Surprise Canada Day package.

South Okanagan Branch (BC10)                                          

 On June 20th our members gathered at Summerland Gardens for a tour and no host picnic. This venue is located on the grounds of the Pacific Agricultural Research Centre. The gardens are largely maintained by a volunteer group of master gardeners who lovingly maintain the many beautiful plants and specimen trees.  Over the years they have transitioned the gardens to water wise, xeriscape planting and are masterful composters and users of mulch!  Following an hour long ramble through the gardens, members gathered in the picnic area to enjoy a meal and conversation about our country followed by dessert of a beautifully decorated Canada 150 cake.  


Winnipeg Branch (MB31)                                          

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Canada 150 and Winnipeg and District Branch 50th Anniversary Celebration

Inkster Junction Station

As we know, it is Canada’s 150th birthday and the Winnipeg & District Branch is having its own 50th anniversary this year as well!  To celebrate, we have chartered the Prairie Dog Central for Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017. 

    • Total cost to members is $20 per person.  Only 300 seats available! 
    • BBQ’d roast beef with all the trimmings and desert included
    • Train will leave the Inkster Junction station at 5:00 p.m. and will return around 9:30 p.m. 
    • There will be a cash bar.  Period attire is encouraged, but not mandatory.
    • To register, please email:
    • Cheques (no cash) payable to NAFR Winnipeg and must be received by August 11, 2017 to secure your spot. 
    • Please mail your cheques to:  NAFR Winnipeg Celebration, 211 Cullen Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3R 1P5.

Station Directions:  Inkster Junction Station is located on the Prairie Dog Trail, on the north side of Inkster Boulevard between Sturgeon Road and Route 90.  Immediately north of Winnipeg's Airport, it is accessible from any direction. 

Nova Scotia

Cape Breton                                                         

Sunday, July 30, 2017
Annual Broad Cove Scottish Concert
2:00pm - Rain or Shine
On the grounds of St. Margarets Parish, Broad Cove, Inverness County 

The 61st annual Broad Cove Scottish Concert will be a special celebration this year.  As well as the usual celebration of Gaelic music and dance, the concert committee has received special Canada 150 support to showcase the many indigenous and immigrant cultures of Nova Scotia.  While maintaining the central theme of the living Gaelic culture of our community, this year's concert will include  performances from the Mi’k maw, Acadian Irish and Newfoundland traditional communities.  Canada 150 and the province of Nova Scotia have also provided considerable support toward the construction of a completely new, modern outdoor performance and preparation stage,

This small farming and fishing community on Cape Breton Islands west coast annually stages this event which has drawn thousands of visitors and expatriates to enjoy an afternoon and evening of lively Cape Breton hospitality.  Many expats return home just turn to and volunteer with the the local residents to produce a world level entertainment event of traditional music and dance in a beautiful seaside setting.  Other nearby (1 km and 4 km) attractions include every golfers dreams- the Cabot Cliffs and Cabot Links golf courses- two of Canada’s top ten and ranked golf courses, ranked #19 and #93 in the world.  Canada’s famous, scenic coastal drive, the Cabot Trail is twenty minutes from Broad Cove.

Visit for images and more information.

Joe Murphy
(Master of Ceremonies for Broad Cove Concert 2017)


Algoma Branch (ON52)                                          

Flying High for Canada 150 

This year, the Bushplane Museum team lead by Federal Retirees volunteer, John Lalonde, plan to fly a replica airplane in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday! 

Mr. Lalonde, in addition to volunteering as Health and Benefits Officer with the Algoma branch, is an avid volunteer at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, known locally in Sault Ste. Marie as the Bushplane Museum. Over the past number of years, Mr. Lalonde has been leading a team at the museum working to complete the construction of a DH83C Fox Moth biplane, originally built in England in 1932 by the British DeHavilland Aircraft Company. 

You can keep up to date with this exciting undertaking by visiting the museum online at

Canada 150 — Événement du musée musée des avions de brousse.     Canada 150 — Événement du musée musée des avions de brousse.

Bluewater Branch (ON36)                                    

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Celebrating Canada’s 150th year of Confederation with the Bluewater Branch ON36

12:00 lunch followed by entertainment and a short meeting.

Harbour Hills Retirement Suites, 104 Sun Coast Dr. E. in Goderich 


Bluewater Branch ON36 will hold a social event and general meeting in Goderich. Ontario on September  13.  We will be celebrating Canada’s 150th year of Confederation with lunch and entertainment.  The event will be held at the Harbour Hills Retirement Suites in Goderich.

Kingston & District Branch (ON38)                         

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Luncheon Cruise

On September 12th 2017 the Branch will be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday with a Luncheon Cruise by Gananoque Boat Lines.  This 2.5 hour cruise will depart the Gananoque dock at 1 p.m. A buffet lunch will be served on board and the cost is $20 per person. Branch members and their guests wishing to attend this function need to RSVP by September 5th. Details are in the summer 2017 edition of SAGE Magazine and on the branch website.

Rod Babiuk
Communications Director
Kingston and District Branch

National Capital Region                                          

Saturday, July 1, 2017
Events - Canada Day in the Capital region 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Family Festival
Time — To Be Announced 
Dick Brule Community Centre (170 Castlefrank Road)

The Kanata Hazeldean Lions Club with support from other local organizations, will be hosting a Family Festival to be held in the park beside the Dick Brule Community Centre (170 Castlefrank Road) in Glen Cairn (Kanata). June 10th is the date. Details are still being worked out. Look to the Club's website ( for details as the plan solidifies.

Bill Switzer
(Member, Kanata Hazeldean Lions Club)


Outaouais Branch (QC60)                                      

Submitted by Jean-Pierre de Beaumont, Outaouais Branch member: 

Event 1 (of 2)

To celebrate Canada 150, I, Jean-Pierre de Beaumont, Federal Retirees member of the Outaouais Branch since 2010, will FINALLY make my 150th donation of whole blood this summer.  This means that, after 42 years of regular blood donation, I have reached my goal. When I was young, I wanted to become the youngest Canadian to reach 100 blood donations. I reached this plateau at the age of 44 but the Red Cross did not keep records to allow me to confirm that I was the youngest (because I gave in Québec and Ontario). Now that I have attained 150 donations of whole blood, perhaps Federal Retirees knows if another member might have given blood more often?  I say “donation of whole blood” because we have to wait 56 days between such donations, while we can give plasma every 6 days (therefore 50 times a year, which is far from the same thing and that muddies the waters).

Last summer, I even donated blood while walking from Montreal to Quebec City. And when I retired from the CRTC, I left and gifted myself time to live at a "human rhythm" by walking 800 km from Quebec City to Percé. I left the frantic pace of the daily grind, not to walk an 18-hole golf course, but to start a very long daily walk that allowed me to slow down my pace, which allowed me to reflect quite a bit, to question myself, to introspect, to meet many people with whom I chatted for 10 or 30 or 120 minutes. I enjoyed extraordinary encounters and I have realized that everyone can surpass the limits that appear unattainable at the outset.

Event 2 (of 2)

My second special activity for Canada 150 will be to complete 10 X 150 km.  It will consist of completing a hike of 10 times 150 kilometres, or 1,500 km in total, along the majestic St. Lawrence River in its entirety. Indeed, for 16 days I will walk from the mouth of Lake Ontario, from Kingston to Montreal for a distance of about 325 km. As I walked from Montreal to Percé in 2016 for a distance of about 1,175 km, my walk in 2017 will mean that a proud member of the National Association of Federal Retirees has travelled for 1,500 km along what was at the time of the voyageurs the navigable highway that enabled the development of Canada as a whole. 

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New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

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Prince Edward Island


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