Shaping a Nation: 150 Years of Confederation

Queen’s University Archives
Credit: Photographer unknown, 1867

On July 1, 1867, crowds gathered in major centres including Kingston (above) to hear the reading of Queen Victoria’s proclamation that united the Province of Canada (renamed Ontario and Quebec), Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to create the Dominion of Canada.

Confederation was designed to provide a framework for improved communications, economic growth and defence among the self-governing British North American colonies. By 1880, Canada had expanded to the Pacific coast and the Arctic. In the 150 years since Confederation, deeply rooted tensions and heartbreaking injustices have been balanced against outstanding achievements and spectacular successes to shape Canada into the proud and modern nation it is today.

Photo of the exhibition "Shaping a Nation: 150 Years of Confederation" located on Plaza Bridge, Ottawa.
Credit: Canadian Heritage

The outdoor exhibition "Shaping a Nation: 150 Years of Confederation" presents 22 historical snapshots of how Canada became the country we know today. This exhibition is the result of a partnership between Canadian Heritage and Library and Archives Canada.

Visit the exhibition by walking by the Plaza Bridge, located corner Elgin Street and Wellington Street in Ottawa.

Runs until end of October 2017.

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