On July 1, 2017, Canada will celebrate the big 1-5-0, marking 150years since Confederation - when three colonies got together to form one united maple-syrup-hockey-and-poutine-loving country. From coast to coast, Canadians are going all-out with special themed events, activities and cultural exhibits.

365 days of celebration in Ottawa: Canada's capital city of Ottawa is the locus of the birthday hooplah, with 12 full months of events. In March, catch the Red Bull Ice Cross Downhill World Championship, head-to-head downhill skating set right on the city's Rideau Canal. And don't miss Picnic on the Bridge on July 2, when the majestic span above the Ottawa River will be transformed into a grassy green for one special day. http://www.ottawa2017.ca/

Sesqui film experience takes the best of Canada on tour: Explore Canada from coast to coast - without ever leaving your seat - as part of this travelling multimedia experience. Sesqui features a 20-minute immersive film played inside a pair of domed theatres with surround sound and 360-degree visuals. Expect acrobats, drummers, dancers and even a few icebergs, rivers and rainforests thrown in for good measure.http://www.sesqui.ca/

The Arctic comes to the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa: Canada's iconic Arctic—untouched tundra, polar bears and majestic ice floes—is the focus of this all-new permanent gallery. To be unveiled in 2017, the exhibit showcases the high north as a rich cultural environment, with deep connections between landscape, wildlife and people. www.nature.ca