Canada 150 Celebrations
Whitchurch-Stouffville is gearing up to celebrate Canada's 150 birthday with a long line up of festivities. Below is a list of confirmed events, activities and initiatives and some we are still planning. Check back often for an updated list and be sure to check our social media feeds for more details.
Canada 150 - Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
Celebratory Events and Activities 2017
- May 6: Jane's Walk. Join award-winning historian Fred Robbins on two historical walking tours of downtown Stouffville. Learn about the town's churches on the morning walk, and Pre-Confederation homes in the afternoon.
- May and June: The Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library presents a Canadian flag collage made up of drawings and statements about "what Canada means to me." At the Library, 175 Mostar Street.
- June 3: Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville. Fourteen sites, plus a historical Walking tour, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year's theme is "Knowing Ourselves - History, Culture, Recreation and Industry."
- June 3: Historian and Musician Dr. Jason Wilson will be hosting a two-part historical event at Nineteen on the Park. An expert on numerous facets of Canadian history, Dr. Wilson will be talking and answering questions about Canada's rich history at 3:30 p.m. and then perform with his band Jason Wilson and the Perennials between 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
- June 3 through December 9th: "Canada's 150th - Then and Now". What was life like in our community in the early years and how has our lifestyle and identity changed? This exhibit will be available to be seen at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum during regular hours of operation and is included with general admission.
- June 10: "Yellow Bellies" at Nineteen on the Park- Stouffville Premiere! This historical drama, presented by Theatre of the Beat, highlights the experiences and public response to Mennonite Conscientious Objectors during WWII. This episodic tale features interviews, fictionalized scenes and live music from this chapter of Canadian history that has such a close connection to Stouffville's own community.
- June: "Safeguard Program" water safety awareness training.
- July 1: Canada 150 Birthday Celebration in Memorial Park as part of Strawberry Festival 2017 featuring Stouffville's own Motus O Dance Company, Soldiers of Song and much more. More details coming soon.
- July 1: enhanced fireworks display as part of the Canada 150 celebrations and Strawberry Festival.
- July 1: Funded in part by the Federal Government's Enabling Accessibility Fund, the new Accessible Trailer/washroom will be launched at the Stouffville Strawberry Festival.
- Spring/Summer: lining of Main Street and Memorial Park with Canada 150 themed banners and decorative flowers on Main Street.
- Summer: As part of the Town's WS Walks Program, prizes will be awarded for anyone who completes 150 km in support of Canada's 150. The program will be supplying the pedometers. Funded by the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund.
- September: As part of the Culture Days celebration, join us to create a Canada 150 Mosaic. This mural will bring over 400 people together to create a permanent celebration of our communities individuality. More information coming soon.
Tentative Events, Activities and Initatives
- May 1 - June 30: Various visual exhibits to highlight aspects of Canadian heritage.
- August: Marathon Read, where 'celebrity' and community volunteers read for 10 minutes each for 6 hours from Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town.
- Summer/Fall: "Stouffville Reads" where the community champions will select Canadian books.
- Summer: Coultice Park and the Stouffer Street Parkette will officially open.
- Summer: The Ballantrae Tennis Club will have an official plaque dedication and be deemed a Canada 150 project.
- Spring/Summer/Fall: Various events located at Community Centre around Whitchurch-Stouffville.
- October 15 - 21: Canadian Trivia Night, and a visit from Melanie Fishbane, who's written a deeply researched and sympathetic novel about the young Lucy Maud Montgomery, Maud.