The front of the banknote celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada celebrates 4 leaders from the past: Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir George-Étienne Cartier, Agnes Macphail and James Gladstone (Akay-na-muka). The names of all of Canada’s provinces and territories and the dates when they entered Confederation are repeated in English and French across the top and bottom of the large window. To the left is the Memorial Chamber Arch. This arch is located inside the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. The Memorial Chamber was dedicated in 1927 to all Canadians who died in military service during the First World War. The chamber has since come to honour all Canadian men and women who gave their lives in service to their country. In the back we can see the Hall of Honour. The Hall of Honour is the central corridor of the Centre Block on Parliament Hill.
The back of the note celebrates the natural features of Canada: the coast mountains, the prairies, the Canadian Shield and the Atlantic coast. In the background are the Nothern lights. Several cultural references have been added as well: the assomption sash (a pattern important to the Métis people), an owl's bouquet designed by the Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak, thirteen maple leaves which are linked by their stems represening each of Canada’s provinces and territories and of course the Maple Leaf, the Canadian flag and Canada's Coat of Arms. The banknote will be issued from 1 June 2017.
All in all: in my humble opinion the most beautiful banknote I've seen this year and top contender for Banknote of the Year 2017 as far as I'm concerned.