Calgarians and visitors alike to create lasting memories of the 150th anniversary of Confederation
CALGARY, May 11, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today unveiled a three-dimensional Canada 150 sign in Calgary to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Another 18 signs will be installed in provincial and territorial capitals and a number of iconic tourist destinations, creating vibrant gathering spaces across the country for Canadians and tourists alike to celebrate this special moment in Canada's history.
The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), which is responsible for the project, will be installing the rest of the signs in the next few weeks. They will all be in place by June 21, 2017, just in time for celebrations across the country. The structures feature the word Canada and the number 150 in red.
"I invite all Canadians to experience these pieces of public art in their own communities. Bring friends and family to take part in the many festivities during this exceptional anniversary year!"
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
"These Canada 150 signs are a wonderful opportunity to create lasting memories of this once-in-a-lifetime celebration. As Canadians check out these amazing signs in cities across Canada, it's a great opportunity to keep exploring and learn something new about our country."
—The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism
The 3D Canada 150 signs will be installed in the following communities: Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Banff, Regina, Winnipeg, Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Iqaluit, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Montréal, Québec City, Fredericton, Halifax, Charlottetown and St. John's. They will be on display until at least the end of 2017.
All signs will be installed by the beginning of the Celebrate Canada period, which starts on June 21.
Canadians and tourists are invited to take pictures at these sites and share them on social media using the hashtag #3DCanada150.
The majority of the 3D Canada 150 signs will measure 1.82 m (6 feet) by 10.97 m (36 feet), and weigh 2722 kg (6,000 lbs.). These signs will be illuminated with different colours at night.
Smaller 3D Canada 150 signs, measuring 0.91 m (3 feet) by 3.05 m (10 feet), will be installed in the territorial capitals as well as the Brewster Gondola Summit in Banff.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
For further information: For more information (media only), please contact: Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155; [email protected]