Canada 150 on the Hill

Prince Charles, Bono, The Edge, and tens of thousands of Canadians took to Parliament Hill and braved the rain and the long security lines to take in the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Canadian actress Sandra Oh, left, and Quebec singer Mitsou hosted the noon show on Parliament Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Governor General David Johnston with Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during the noon show. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The VIP motorcade coming onto the Hill was flanked by police motorcycles, reflecting the day’s overall tight security. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa residents and Canadians from across the country flocked to the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

An estimated 25,000 filled the Hill for the noon show. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Police carrying long-arm firearms were a common sight in and around the Hill security zone. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Irish rocker Bono, U2’s frontman, captivated the crowd at the noon show. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Security officials atop the East Block roof monitor the crowd. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Heavy rain at times drenched the crowds on the Hill, though it didn’t dampen celebrants’ spirits. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on stage at the noon show greets new Canadian astronauts Jennifer Sidey and Joshua Kutryk. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Prince Charles speaks to the crowd assembled on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

A military helicopter circles the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Lines to get past security and on to the Hill ran hours-long, with some people saying they waited up to eight hours. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

There were some demonstrators seeking to highlight Canada’s indigenous roots and counter the Canada 150 festivities because they said indigenous peoples have no reason to celebrate colonization. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Indigenous demonstrators erected a teepee on the Hill a couple days before the Canada Day celebrations, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the day before the ceremony. It stood to one side of the Hill lawn on July 1. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly looks on as Prince Charles greets Algonquin elder Annie Smith St-Georges at the opening of the revamped National Arts Centre on the afternoon of Canada Day on Elgin Street in downtown Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright