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Celebrate Canada 150 in the Great Outdoors

Canada 150

2017 Marks Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation - promoted as Canada 150. What a long way we have come!

The History of Canada 150

Canada was established as a colony back in 1534, but Canada 150 is actually a celebration of the Canadian Confederation.

Back in the 19th century, Canada was known as a confederation, and according to the British North America Act of 1867 the Dominion of Canada unified the provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as "one Dominion under the crown". The Act of Union of 1840 united Upper (English-speaking) and Lower (French-speaking) Canada to become the Province of Canada.

Then, on July 1, 1867, the four provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario) became the new Dominion of Canada. Over time, more provinces and territories formed, until the recent Nunavut, which is the youngest province. It was officially separated from the Northwest Territories in 1999.

As such, on July 1, 2017, Canada's three territories and ten provinces will turn 150 years old. The auspicious event will be marked by a visit from Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall to the national celebration in Ottawa.

Celebrate Canada 150 with Hartley Bay Marina

Nature lovers will flock to the French River Provincial Park, which is steeped in history. French River flows for 110 km from Lake Nipissing into the Georgian Bay of Lake Huron and represents many natural features of the Ontario section of the Canadian Shield.  The French River was designated a Provincial Park in 1989 after it officially  became part of the Canadian Heritage Rivers System.

Celebrate more than 400 years since French explorer Samuel de Champlain paddled these waters and discovered the French River.  You can travel where the voyageurs traveled.

The French River was first made famous in the 1600s by the Voyageurs who were the foundation of  transportation for the fur trade until 1821.  The Northwest Company sent out 200 canoes each year from Montreal to the western part of Lake Superior via the French River.  It took the Voyageurs two months to complete the 1500 mile trip and evidence of them can still be found along the French River corridor today.

Hartley Bay Marina invites you to celebrate Canada 150 with us in the great outdoors. With over 200 km of water courses and channels, the French River incorporates many falls and rapids into its smooth open water design and offers many activities that include fishing, canoeing, kayaking, backcountry camping, boating as well as great photo opportunities for both the novice outdoorsman and experts alike.

With campsites and fishermen's cottages on offer,  along with safe parking, we have the facilities to accommodate hundreds of tourists who wish to visit the French River Delta area. Get in touch with Hartley Bay Marina today to reserve your spot.

Celebrating History with Canada 150

Steeped in history, this year is a wonderful occasion to look back at how far we've come and to look forward at the bright future ahead.

If you're in Canada, you're invited to join in the fun and explore our country's history, multicultural heritage and diversity. Discover the activities taking place in Canada's national museums and parks, heritage spaces and historic sites, or enjoy the great outdoors. Download the Canada 150 events app to find out where you can enjoy the festivities. There's something for everyone to enjoy!

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