Edmundston to host official 2017 NB Day celebrations

The City of Edmundston has been selected to host the province's official 2017 New Brunswick Day celebrations.

Premier Brian Gallant and several other dignitatires participated in the announcement at Edmundston City Hall on Friday afternoon.

The province says Edmundston has a vibrant culture and heritage with two provincial historical sites: the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception and the Fortin du Petit-Sault.

The city is also home to the New Brunswick Botanical Garden and De la République Provincial Park.

Mayor Cyrille Simard says it's an honour to have his city chosen as the official host, and they can't wait to start working on the festivities.

New Brunswick Day has been celebrated since 1976, and an official host community has been chosen since 1990.

On Canada Day, the province says it will kick-off a seven-week celebration in counties across New Brunswick to mark Canada 150 celebrations.

It says details about the initiatives to mark Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation will be unveiled in the coming weeks.