Where it all began

Canada 150 is a country-wide celebration of our nation’s 150th birthday. Celebrations throughout 2017 will give us an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be Canadian, as well as inspire a new era of optimism and pride across our country.

Check out the calendar of events to find activities happening near you. For information on events happening nationally, visit www.canada.ca/150.

As one of the founding provinces, New Brunswick has a deep history that is rooted in how Canada is shaped today, after all,  it is where it all began. 

1604 – First European settlement in Canada at St-Croix.

1785 – Saint John first incorporated city in Canada.

 1863 – Lieutenant-Governor Arthur Hamilton Gordon was pushing for ‘Maritime Union’ – invited his colleagues to Fredericton. Legislatures in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia passed motions in favour in the spring of 1864. But they could not agree on a location and time to meet. But the concept did help to spark the Charlottetown Conference and eventually, Confederation.

1864 – Following the Charlottetown conference, further meetings were held in Halifax, Saint John and Fredericton.

1866 – New Brunswick holds election on issue of Confederation with New Brunswickers voting in favour.