Celebrate Canada 150
Celebrating Canada’s 150: Exploring Our Nature in Maple Ridge
In 2017, Canada marks its 150th anniversary of Confederation and the celebration is also an opportunity to recognize the deep connection and long history of First Nations on their traditional territories. Maple Ridge’s celebrations are based on the theme, “Exploring Our Nature”, which will look into our Canadian connection with the landscape, neighbourhoods, physical movement, natural history and the people in our communities. These free activities will take place throughout the year and everyone is encouraged to participate. A preview and description of the City of Maple Ridge’s Canada 150 events, projects and programs is below. For a full list of community-organized events taking place in Maple Ridge or to submit your own Canada 150 event, visit the Community Calendar.
Street Banners Canada 150 Plus:The City will unveil two new sets of banners in 2017 working with community partners. There will be four new designs done by students from School District No. 42 celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday. Two additional designs will be created by, and to honour, the Kwantlen and Katzie First Nations. The combined new banners will honour our nation’s birthday and pay tribute to the deep connection and long history of our local First Nations. Look for these new banners, and information on the City website, as we get closer to Canada Day.
Canada Day Celebration – My Canada, My Maple Ridge
July 1 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Memorial Peace Park
224 Street & McIntosh Avenue
Maple Ridge celebrates our national holiday and Canada’s 150th by bringing together many thousands of citizens and visitors for a summer festival and ceremony in downtown Memorial Peace Park. The colour guard party leads a parade into the park at the start of the formal protocol ceremony and awards presentations. There will be three stages presenting arts, culture, music and dance! Lots of exciting activities and family fun including a Farmer’s Market, a fire department community barbeque, children’s games, informative community displays and family friendly recreation activities. Make it a memorable Canada 150th day and night by joining us for the finale with Canadian music and the biggest birthday sing-along. See detailed schedules for the Canada Day event.
July 12 opening at 2:00 pm
Play Nights in the Park, Wednesdays at 6:30-8:00 pm (July through August)
Maple Ridge Park
23200 Fern Crescent
Connecting with the Canadian passion for the great outdoors and to support active play, a playbox and heritage themed geocaching site will be installed in Maple Ridge Park. Families are encouraged to get outside to explore, play and decrease their daily screen time. The new playbox will contain ideas for games and equipment to play along with nature and history exploration. To demonstrate how the Playbox works and encourage use, children’s staff will be at the Park during the Play Nights in the summer.
Modern Legends and Culture Days
September 30 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The ACT Arts Centre
11944 Haney Place
To honour reconciliation and to build stronger relationships with our First People, a visual art exhibition titled “Modern Legends: First Nations Art and Culture Today” will feature the work by Metro Vancouver/Southern BC aboriginal artists – Brandon Gabriel, Sonny Assu, Corey Moraes and Carrielynn Victor. In addition there will be some free public performances by Raven Spirit Dance and Ronnie Dean Harris. Further information available.
Celebrate the Night Fireworks
October 28 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Memorial Peace Park
224 Street & McIntosh Avenue
Maple Ridge’s Town Centre will be event central for “Celebrate the Night” festivities that mark Halloween and seasonal celebrations on the evening of Sunday, October 29. This free family festival transforms the park and bandstand into a seasonal wonder with lit trees, lanterns, Halloween themed storytelling, pumpkins, crafts, and a very popular costume parade. This year’s theme includes a celebration of Diwali – music, dancing, food and a celebration of light. Join us for this unique cultural experience.
Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Projects
The City of Maple Ridge was awarded $500,000 in Government of Canada funding for an infrastructure rehabilitation project through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The Federal program grant fund, in addition to the City’s capital fund, will be used to convert one under-utilized full-sized gravel soccer field into an artificial surface at Albion which would allow for unlimited play and practice to support youth development in soccer, football, rugby and lacrosse. The objective of the program is to strengthen public infrastructure and provide economic benefits in communities across Canada. This artificial sports field should be completed by fall 2017.