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With Canada celebrating its sesquicentennial on July 1, the federal government has set up its Canada 150 Fund to create numerous opportunities throughout 2017 to build a sense of pride and attachment to Canada.
The Border City will be taking advantage of this grant and joining in on the 150th anniversary of Confederation throughout the year.
“The City of Lloydminster will be joining Canada 150 celebrations with many of our events, and just doing little fun things throughout the year, trying to acknowledge that it is Canada 150,” Joel Turquotte, general manager of facilities with the City of Lloydminster said.
“We are going to have a good celebration this year.”
The federal government will be setting aside half a billion dollars for the celebrations, with the largest share of the funds — around $300-million — being delivered to regional development agencies through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
The Canada 150 Fund, which is run by Canadian Heritage, is spending $180-million on projects ranging from small and local events to cross-country tours.
The city is underway in making a number of grant applications for events, with Turquotte saying there was “nothing to confirm yet,” but did hint at exciting things to come.
Up to this point, the city has already launched a number of events pertaining to the celebrations, such as the Pier 21 exhibit at the Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre and a free snow shoeing event, which took place last Saturday.
Winterfest, which will be taking place Monday, Feb. 20, is also part of the celebrations.
Here, Lloydminster residents will have the opportunity celebrate the winter season together at the Servus Sports Centre with a variety of outdoor activities.
“Each year, Lloydminster-area residents embrace the opportunity to celebrate the winter season with their friends and neighbours during Winterfest at the Servus Sports Centre,” Mayor Gerald Aalbers said in a statement.
“Thanks to these generous community partners, we are able to provide a fantastic day of free fun and food for all.”
This event will run from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and will be packed with sleigh rides, public skating, shinny hockey, marshmallow roasts, free hot dogs, hot chocolate and much more.
Events related to 150 gatherings will be rolled out on a Facebook page — Canada 150 Lloydminster.
Nationally, Parks Canada has also joined in on the celebrations, and are offering free admission to all domestic and international visitors at National Parks and National Historic Sites in 2017.
Earlier in the year, Parks Canada opened early submissions to apply for the free passes, and have said more than 1.9 million orders for the passes were received.
“You only turn 150 once,” Turquotte said while speaking about the importance of the celebrations.
“People talk about Canada 100 and Canada 125, not everybody gets to experience these things, so I think it is a very, very unique opportunity for everybody to take in Canada 150.”
For centennial celebrations in 1967, the federal government spent $100-million (around $700-million in today’s dollars) and included new buildings like the National Arts Centre, the Centennial Flame at Parliament Hill and the iconic Expo 67 in Montreal.