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January/February 2017 Issue

The party’s on for Canada 150

Since August 2016, the Government of Canada has been counting down the days to its celebratory sesquicentennial, which officially kicks off on New Year’s Eve throughout 19 urban centers. But the fun doesn’t stop with the last of the fireworks on Dec. 31.

Throughout 2017, a wide array of programming will mark the year when the British North America Act was passed, establishing the Dominion of Canada as a self-governing entity. These programs will include special music created by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and SESQUI, a multimedia dome village that will travel across Canada all year. The dome village will give its visitors a 360-degree look at the country, as well as host live performances.

Commemorative events also will be held through Canada’s national parks system this year, giving park visitors a wonderful opportunity to learn about the country’s history and diverse heritage.

As you’d expect, the capital city of Ottawa (pictured below) will host many of the special events, including what’s being billed as the biggest Canada Day (July 1) the country’s ever seen. Another event is the installation of Inspiration Village, May 20 to Sept. 4. Constructed out of metal cargo containers, the village will host special exhibits and performances throughout the summer.

It’s going to be a fun-filled year for Canada, and large numbers of visitors are to be expected, so make your plans early.

For more information about Canada 150, visit Information about visiting Canada’s capital is available at




Know Before You Go

• The country is comprised of 10 provinces and three territories. Canada’s population is more than 36 million people, with Ontario as the most-populated province (nearly 14 million).

• U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter Canada.

• Toronto is its largest and most visited city.

• Niagara Falls is the most visited natural attraction in the country.



Free Travel Events

Trust AAA Travel to create a memorable vacation for you and your family. Learn more at these free public events that will look at rail and European river cruising getaways. Please RSVP to offices listed below

• Cultural Destinations with Uniworld, 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 2 at The Burgundy Hotel, 1501 Merrill Drive in Little Rock, Ark. Free. RSVP to AAA Little Rock office, (501) 223-9222, Ext. 111.
• Rocky Mountaineer, 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 at AAA Metairie, 3445 N. Causeway Blvd. Free. RSVP (504) 838-7500, Ext. 0.
• Rocky Mountaineer, 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 at AAA Baton Rouge, 5454 Bluebonnet Blvd. Free. RSVP (225) 293-1200, Ext. 0.



Happy birthday to “the King”

Fans of Elvis Presley may want to visit his Birthplace Museum & Chapel in Tupelo, Miss., (306 Elvis Presley Drive) on Jan. 8 this year from 2 to 4 p.m. to enjoy a slice of cake and glass of punch.

In Memphis, Tenn., Graceland, which boasts the new Guest House Hotel (AAA Four Diamonds), will hold a celebration as well, this year from Jan. 5–8. Music, speakers, events, and cake usually round out the activities at this annual event. Elvis would have been 82 years old this year.


Contact the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum at (662) 841-1245. Visit Mississippi

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