Spring has finally arrived, making it the perfect time to get outdoors. Explore a national park or provincial park with your CAP card this month! If you’d rather stay close to home, visit the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa for family fun, the Glenbow Museum in Calgary to learn about high fashion, or the MOCA in Toronto to view feminist contemporary art. Visit the CAP Attractions Directory for a full list of attractions to visit in your city.

CAP Attractions to visit in April:

Glacier National Park (British Columbia)
Dinosaur Provincial Park (Alberta)
Fort York National Historic Site (Toronto, Ontario)
Fundy National Park (New Brunswick)

Family Sundays at the National Gallery of Canada
On April 7, bring your family to create, learn and have fun. Kids ages 0–12 and their adults can experience the national collection through the theme Natural Wonders. Tour the Canadian landscape collection and then build your own birdfeeder to lure some feathered friends into your backyard. Afterwards, sit back and enjoy a marionette performance. Learn more on the gallery website.

Christian Dior at the Glenbow Museum
Visit the Glenbow Museum in Calgary now until June 2 for the must-see exhibit: Christian Dior. The exhibition includes exquisite gowns and smart daytime apparel, perfumes and accessories from the first ten years of the House of Dior (1947 – 1957), when Christian Dior himself designed the pieces. Learn more on their website.

The Chantal Akerman exhibit at the MOCA
The Museum of Contemporary Art is the first museum in Toronto to showcase exhibition Akerman’s work. This exhibit focuses on two works by renowned filmmaker Chantal Akerman – In the Mirror (2007) and NOW (2015) – that speak to the issues that Akerman has explored throughout her career: trauma, gender, belonging and identity. This exhibit is only open until April 14 – learn more here.

Follow Parks Canada on social media
Spring is here! It’s the perfect time to start planning your outdoor adventure. Follow Parks Canada on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to find out about the iconic Canadian places to visit, when seasonal parks re-open, special events, contests, and much more.

New performing arts partner: Toronto Children’s Chorus
The Toronto Children’s Chorus is recognized as one of the finest treble choirs in the world. The TCC offers exceptional music education and performance opportunities to children and youth aged 3 to 30. If you’re a CAP member in the Toronto area, keep an eye on your email inbox for offers from the Toronto Children’s Chorus. [Photo: Bonnie O’Sullivan]

Where can I use my CAP card? #CAPFAQ
You can use your CAP card at any of the 1400 attractions sites displayed in the CAP Attractions Directory, as many times as you like during your membership. The CAP Attractions Directory is the only place where you can see the full list of places to visit for free as a CAP member. Learn the answers to other commonly asked questions on our FAQs webpage.

Thank you for sharing your March Break experiences with us over social media, and a special thanks to Kristine for sharing this photo from her visit to MacKenzie House in Toronto. [Photo: @kmifsud100]
Share your photos with us: use the hashtag #CAPCanada when posting your photos, or you can also tag CAP and/or the ICC in your photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Coming Soon: The New App
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) is launching a smartphone app for the CAP program soon! We are very excited to invite our members to use the new mobile app, which will offer an interactive user experience and greater accessibility to virtually every new citizen across the country. Members, keep an eye on your email inbox in the coming weeks for more information!
Questions? Visit the CAP FAQs website.

Join us for citizenship ceremonies in April
The ICC, in partnership with IRCC, will be celebrating new Canadian citizens at citizenship ceremonies this month. Attend a ceremony at a public venue and relive the moment! Join us at the Toronto Reference Library on April 23 at 11:45 a.m., or the Calgary Public Library – Central Library on April 25 at 2:00 p.m. local time.

6 Degrees Calgary: A Recap
On March 14, we were happy to share the 6 Degrees Calgary space with so many artists, arts leaders, politicians, activists, students, and others. We heard varied and valuable perspectives on the role of arts and culture in fostering inclusion and belonging. We explored the link between arts & culture institutions and grassroots initiatives for newcomers, as well as the power of the arts—all arts—to influence people, to bring people together, and to effect change. Thank you for a great day of challenging and inspiring conversations.

Not only did previous member Joseph Lopez take advantage of his Cultural Access Pass, he also used his one-time discount for VIA Rail to travel across Canada. “I have been using my Cultural Access Pass to visit museums, art galleries, [and] historic homes in Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Toronto,” tells Joseph, “Cultural places are important in acquiring your identity as a Canadian. Going to cultural places and spaces made me more attached to my new country.” Read more in this month’s CAP Spotlight.