1967, Canada celebrated its centennial year. Activities were
planned all across the country. A festive air swept across
the nation, as people realized the historic importance of
the celebrations taking place throughout the year. The Canada
Festival, for example, offered a whole series of shows, promoting
upcoming artists in music, dance and the theatre. Most activities
were held, appropriately enough, in Ottawa, where a magnificent
sound and light show projected onto the Parliament Buildings
recounted events in Canada's history.
Some of the organizers were concerned that centennial festivities would be upstaged by the magnitude of Expo 67, and so the two events were linked. The official Expo 67 guide devoted several pages to the centennial. On July 1, Canada was given a full celebration at Expo where visitors to the Canada pavilion enjoyed a piece of an enormous birthday cake. The Confederation Train, which featured a number of exhibitions about Canada, ended its tour in Montreal, after travelling through all of the provinces. Expo 67 was also one of the stops for the RCMP's Musical Ride, and Queen Elizabeth II visited the site as part of centennial celebrations. During this memorable year, all roads led to Montreal.
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