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As thousands of partygoers congregated on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill to watch Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at the nation’s biggest bash, Canadians from across the country found other unique ways to mark the momentous occasion.

On the East Coast, approximately 75 early risers kicked off the festivities with a pre-dawn cruise off the coast of Newfoundland to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean.

Rain and low clouds didn’t dampen the enthusiastic crowd aboard the Iceberg Quest vessel Capo de Espera as they cheered and waved flags. Fireworks light up behind the Peace Tower during the evening ceremonies of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, in Ottawa on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Sean Kilpatrick) “It has been a wonderful experience for us and the kids. It’s nice to see how much Canadians love their country,” St. John’s resident Craig Simmons told CTV Atlantic.

In Nova Scotia’s Eskasoni , the Maritimes’ largest Mi’kmaq community held a celebratory pow wow to honour the preservation of their language and culture.

“We’ve had a really dark history as Mi’kmaq, as people in this country, for the past 150 years,” Leroy Denny told CTV Atlantic on Saturday. “At the same time, we honour our elders, and our survivors. We’re celebrating survival."

In Halifax, 53 people from 21 different countries were sworn in as new Canadian citizens at a special ceremony at Pier 21’s Canadian Museum of Immigration on Saturday morning.

Many of the new Canadians were joined by family and friends and the event attracted more than 400 spectators.

“We had hundreds more than usual,” Marie Chapman, CEO of the Canadian Museum of Immigration, said. “This place was full to capacity and overflowing, which was an amazing thing for Canada 150.” A very […]

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