How Canada's Centennial Started

How Canada's Centennial Started

A Journey into '67

For Canada's centennial, the year long celebration actually started at midnight on December 31, 1966.

At that time Prime Minister Lester Pearson, Secretary of State Judy LaMrsh (the minister responsible for the Centennial Commission), Opposition Leader John Diefenbaker and thousands of others participated in a ceremony on Parliament Hill.

The highlight was the lighting of the gas-powered Centennial Flame.

Cities and towns across the country also held fireworks, parades, bell-ringing and lighting ceremonies. In Toronto, a torchlight parade and fireworks at Queen’s Park drew a crowd of about 40,000.


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