The memory of the ties between Canada and the Netherlands is written in hardship and blood.

Canada Netherlands Friendship Day

Mark your calendars.  On Saturday, May 5th, 2018, the City of Burlington invites you to attend the 21th annual May 5th Canada Netherlands Friendship Day celebration at the Burlington City Hall Civic Square.  Join friends and neighbours in remembering the sacrifices and heroic efforts made by the men and women of Canada's armed forces in liberating the Netherlands 73 year ago.  The Canadian and Dutch Flags will be raised.  The 13th anniversary of the twinning of Apeldoorn and Burlington will be celebrated as well.

Burlington, Ontario, City Hall Civic Square
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
11:00 am

Join us for:

  • Flag Raising ceremony
  • National Anthems and entertainment
  • Special Guests
  • Reception at City Hall after Ceremonies: coffee and cookies
  • Event updates at

Canadian Netherlands Friendship AssociationPrincess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven of the Netherlands To Pay Official Visit To Canada

Kingdom Of The Netherlands

Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, are to pay an official visit to Canada from 13 to 16 May 2017.  They will visit Brampton, Stratford, Goderich, Hamilton, Burlington and Toronto in the province of Ontario.  Read more...

Canadian Netherlands Friendship Association

27th Annual 4 Day Evening Walk

4 Day Evening Walk

The 4 Day Evening Walk takes place every 2nd week of June at the Dundas Valley Conservation Area in Hamilton, Ontario.  The organization consists of a group of Dutch (and not so Dutch!!) volunteers who love the 4 Day Evening Walk.  We are committed to continuing this great tradition for years to come.  Read more...


Canadian Netherlands Friendship Association

July 2017 Annual Fryske Dei

Held yearly on the 1st Monday of the July 1st holiday weekend.

 Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area, Hwy 24A, Paris, Ontario.  Click here for location details.

Contact person is Andy Torensma at


Canadian Netherlands Friendship Association

Rock Solid Friendship in Burlington

The bonds of friendship between Canada and The Netherlands were once again celebrated at the Royal Botanical Gardens ( in Burlington, Ontario.  On Tuesday, October 14, 2008, local dignitaries were invited to join in the official unveiling of a new plaque for a European Beech tree that was planted 20 years ago by H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands during a state visit to Canada in 1988.

The new plaque replaces an earlier, smaller one that was made after the state visit to commemorate this event.  Today the small tricolour beech has grown to about nine meters high.

Burlington is twinned with the Dutch city of Apeldoorn.  Fred de Graaf, mayor of Apeldoorn and his Secretary Carel Meurs, were present at this special ceremony.  Jack van der Laan, owner of Filman's Men's Wear and chair of the Canada-Netherlands Friendship Association in Burlington sponsored the event.

2008 Rock Solid Plaque Presentation

From left, Johan Kramer, Consul General of the Netherlands, Ina and Freek Vrugtman (formerly employed at the RBG) suggested that a new plaque should be installed, Burlington Mayor Cam Jackson and Fred de Graaf, Mayor of Apeldoorn.

2008 Rock Solid Plaque         2008 Rock Solid Plaque Details