1. Visit Quebec’s Citadel for a special exhibition
The Parallel is a special exhibition of photography that compares the First World War to the mission in Afghanistan. This series of pictures taken on the battlefields of Europe and Afghanistan show some uncanny similarities between the conflicts and underlines the historical, technological and human connections between these two periods. The exhibition also showcases five pairs of objects used by soldiers during the First World War and during the Afghanistan mission.
March 1–May 9
2. Visit Alberta for an exhibition featuring Iranian photography
The Military Museums in Calgary is hosting a special exhibition of Iranian photography this spring. The Burnt Generation is a collection of pictures that tells the story of those born between 1970 and 1990 who experienced the 1979 revolution, the eight-year Iran-Iraq war, and the political and social consequences of these events. The collection urges viewers to see Iran and Iranian life from a new and interesting angle.
The Military Museums
March 1–April 12
3. Take your March Break at Dundurn National Historic Site
The Dundurn National Historic Site, which features the Dundurn Castle and the Hamilton Military Museum, is hosting a special series of kid-friendly events this March Break. There will be tours, historic treats, crafts, costumes and museum exhibitions revealing the lives of historical figures who lived around the area during the War of 1812.
Dundurn National Historic Site
4. Indulge your love of military history in Toronto
The Toronto Military Show brings together dozens and dozens of collectors and professional dealers to create one of Canada’s largest spectacles of military history memorabilia. You can expect to see medals, badges, insignia, antique muskets and pistols, military weaponry until 1945, inert ordnance, swords, daggers, bayonets, uniforms, field equipment, flying gear, helmets, Japanese samurai swords, books, prints, war souvenirs, trench art, model soldiers, military toys and other related items.
March 21, 8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Etobicoke Olympium, 590 Rathburn Road, Toronto
5. Engage your brain at the Canadian War Museum
The Canadian War Museum is presenting an international speaker series to mark the centenary of the First World War. This particular event marks the 100th anniversary of the battle of Gallipoli and thus the museum will bring an international panel of historians to present their perspectives on this battle and its legacy across three countries.
April 23, 7:30 p.m.
Barney Danson Theatre, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa