Canada 150! #SMSociety 2017

We look forward to seeing you in Toronto for #SMSociety 2017. As luck would have it, #SMSociety 2017 coincides with Canada’s 150th! Consider coming to Toronto a few days earlier or staying a few days after the conference to take in some of the Canada 150 events, festivals and activities. 

What is Canada 150?

Canada 150 is a celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary with year-round events and activities across the country. Canada invites everyone to join the festivities taking place throughout 2017 and explore its rich history. It is the perfect opportunity to bring family and friends to experience Canada’s nature, heritage and diversity. As part of Canada 150, Canada’s national parks and historic sites and marine conservation areas are free in 2017 (Get your free pass here). Here are some tips and suggestions to help you get the most out of your trip to Toronto and to the conference.

Things to do in Toronto

For those who love food, Summerlicious (July 7-23, 2017 ) is the perfect occasion to check out some of the best restaurants in Toronto. During this event, some of Toronto’s best chefs offer a prix-fixe menu that features some of their most mouth-watering creations. If art & history is more your thing, check out the many museums and galleries in Toronto such as the world renown Royal Ontario Museum, the Frank Gehry designed AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario), or stop by the Gibson Museum House to get a glimpse of the Toronto of old. New for 2017, check out the Maple Leaf Forever: Toronto’s Take on a National Symbol exhibition. This artifact-rich exhibition will explore the relationship between Torontonians and the maple leaf as Canada’s leading national symbol.

For music lovers check out some of the many great music festivals happening in Toronto this summer such as Island Soul where you can dance along to reggae, soca and calypso music by the Harbourfront and the Toronto Jazz Festival, one of the North America premier jazz festivals and the Northern Passages festival (July 21-23, 2017) which will feature live performances showcasing Canada’s northern regions’ arts and culture.

Trips Further Afield

If you have a bit more time take a trip up to Ottawa, Canada’s capital to witness the spectacular “Northern Lights Show” on Parliament Hill (Jul 11 -Sept. 16, 2017) and the Casino Du Lac Leamy Sound of Light (August 5-1, 2017) to view Canadian inspired displays and incredible firework shows.

If you enjoy culinary and thrilling experiences, then the Sky Lounge is the perfect event for you. Located in Ottawa City Hall, the Sky Lounge is open from July 7,2017 until July 22, 2017, it offers a once in a life time experience where you can fine dine 150 feet off the ground.


If you have a green thumb, take advantage of the free admission to MOSAÏCANADA 150/Gatineau 2017 (Jun.  30- Oct. 15) and discover the spectacular showcase of different plant arrangements reflecting 150 years of Canadian heritage. The Gatineau exhibit is the biggest horticultural event of Canada located in Quebec. 

If live acrobatics performances entice you, make sure to reserve tickets for the Cirque Du Soleil – Volta show (August 3-27, 2017) in beautiful Montreal.

For a full listing of some of the many celebrations, commemorations, and exhibitions produced in honour of Canada’s national milestone, visit:

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