Celebrating Canada’s 150: Exploring Our Nature in Maple Ridge
In 2017, Canada marks its 150th anniversary of Confederation and the celebration is also an opportunity to recognize the deep connection and long history of First Nations on their traditional territories. Maple Ridge’s celebrations are based on the theme, “Exploring Our Nature”, which will look into our Canadian connection with the landscape, neighbourhoods, physical movement, natural history and the people in our communities. These free activities will take place throughout the year and everyone is encouraged to participate. A preview and description of the City of Maple Ridge’s Canada 150 events, projects and programs is below. For a full list of community-organized events taking place in Maple Ridge or to submit your own Canada 150 event, visit the Community Calendar.
Community Heritage Commission Geocaches
The Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission has established seven geocaches through out the community to develop awareness of Maple Ridge’s history and heritage. Geocaching combines the excitement of a treasure hunt, the outdoor fun and exercise of a hike and the wonder of GPS technology and is a great way for families to get outside. Canada 150 Geocaching Brochure
Modern Legends and Culture Days
September 30 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The ACT Arts Centre
11944 Haney Place
To honour reconciliation and to build stronger relationships with our First People, a visual art exhibition titled “Modern Legends: First Nations Art and Culture Today” will feature the work by Metro Vancouver/Southern BC aboriginal artists – Brandon Gabriel, Sonny Assu, Corey Moraes and Carrielynn Victor. In addition there will be free public performances by Raven Spirit Dance and Ronnie Dean Harris. Modern Legends at the ACT
Celebrate the Night Fireworks
October 28 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Memorial Peace Park
224 Street & McIntosh Avenue
Maple Ridge’s Town Centre will be event central for “Celebrate the Night” festivities that mark Halloween and seasonal celebrations on the evening of Saturday, October 28. This free family festival transforms the park and bandstand into a seasonal wonder with lit trees, lanterns, Halloween themed storytelling, pumpkins, crafts, and a very popular costume parade. This year’s theme includes a celebration of Diwali – music, dancing, food and a celebration of light. Join us for this unique cultural experience.
Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Projects
The City of Maple Ridge was awarded $500,000 in Government of Canada funding for an infrastructure rehabilitation project through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The Federal program grant fund, in addition to the City’s capital fund, will be used to convert one under-utilized full-sized gravel soccer field into an artificial surface at Merkley Park which would allow for unlimited play and practice to support youth development in soccer, football, rugby and lacrosse. The objective of the program is to strengthen public infrastructure and provide economic benefits in communities across Canada. This artificial sports field should be completed by winter 2017.