The pointe shoe is ballet’s most universally recognized symbol. To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and The National Ballet of Canada's 65th anniversary, 175 pointe shoes traveled across the country, spanning all provinces and territories, to the country’s most recognizable landmarks.
The National Ballet of Canada worked with organizations and individuals to capture 193 images of the pointe shoes in locations that symbolized the Canadian identity, including Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Kluane National Park in Yukon Territory, Blachford Lake in Northwest Territories, Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan, Royal Canadian Mint in Manitoba, Canada Point on Bylot Island, Nunavut, CN Tower in Toronto, Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Mont Tremblant in Québec, Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador, Mile 0 of the Marathon of Hope in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Hopewell Rocks In New Brunswick, Green Gables Heritage Place in Prince Edward Island and Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The images were shared on social media using #150Pointes and are featured in this exhibit and the interactive map below.
Thank you to all those who participated!