From early homesteaders to modern refugees — for centuries, migrants have come to Canada to seek opportunity or escape disaster. Setting foot on Canadian soil, they step through the threshold into a new life. Discover the first steps, first impressions and first experiences of immigrants from Confederation to the present day.
Developed by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, this exhibition uses art, photographs, personal objects and voice recordings to tell the stories of newcomers’ arrivals in Canada. The thematic zones of Transitions, Arrival, Encounters, Finding Your Way and Reflections allow visitors to see the country through an immigrant’s eyes — or relive their own first day in Canada.
Developed by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, supported by RBC Foundation and presented at the Canadian Museum of History.