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Many Ontarians who were around in 1967 may remember the Centennial Train or its asphalt counterpart, the Centennial Caravan. The vehicles travelled across the country and featured exhibits that told “the story of Canada.”

“It is hoped that the viewers will enjoy an experience unlike any they have had before and emerge with a new awareness of their Canadian identity,” noted the Federal Centennial Commission.

Almost 3 million people in Ontario visited the Centennial Train and Caravans. Their arrival often formed the high point of local Centennial celebrations.

Front cover of Centennial Train itinerary, ca. 1965
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Front cover of Centennial Train itinerary, ca. 1965
Project files of the Centennial Planning Branch
RG 5-52-89
Archives of Ontario, I0073509


Front cover of Centennial Caravans itineraries, ca. 1965
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Front cover of Centennial Caravans itineraries, ca. 1965
Project files of the Centennial Planning Branch
RG 5-52-68
Archives of Ontario, I0073860


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Centennial Train promotional pamphlet, 1967
Project files of the Centennial Planning Branch
RG 5-52-82
Archives of Ontario, I0073514


Buckingham Palace song bill, 22 May 1865
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Line-up for Centennial Caravan event, June 17, 1967
Bill Montaigne fonds
C 239-3-0-3520
Archives of Ontario, I0073531

Royal invitation to George Brown, 8 May 1865
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Interior of Centennial Caravan at stop in Centralia, Ontario, February 21, 1967 (67052-4)
Photographer: James Lewcun
The Globe and Mail fonds
F 4695-4
Archives of Ontario, I0073870


Buckingham Palace song bill, 22 May 1865
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Historic mining display in Centennial Caravan at stop in Centralia, Ontario, February 21, 1967 (67052-9)
Photographer: James Lewcun
The Globe and Mail fonds
F 4695-4
Archives of Ontario, I0073871

Royal invitation to George Brown, 8 May 1865
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Visitors passing through Centennial Caravan at stop in Richmond Hill, Ontario,
May 2, 1967 (67122-2)
Photographer: James Lewcun
The Globe and Mail fonds
F 4695-4
Archives of Ontario, I0073868


Buckingham Palace song bill, 22 May 1865
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Visitors viewing Confederation display in Centennial Caravan at stop in Richmond Hill, Ontario, May 2, 1967 (67122-3)
Photographer: James Lewcun
The Globe and Mail fonds
F 4695-4
Archives of Ontario, I0073869



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