Canada Day – the background
Canada Day is the national day of Canada – a federal state holiday that celebrates the anniversary of the July 1st 1867 enactment of the Constitution Act – previously known as the British North America Act, 1867.
Often referred to as ‘Canada’s birthday’, the occasion recognizes the coalition of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces (the Province of Canada being divided, in the process, into Ontario and Quebec).
Canada’s boundaries have been extended since 1867, with the country now consisting of 10 provinces and three territories.
On June 20th, 1868, Canada’s Governor General proclaimed that Canadians should celebrate the anniversary of the confederation. July 1st became a statutory holiday, which also went by the name of Dominion Day in 1879. But, no official celebrations were staged until the 50th anniversary in 1917, and the 60th anniversary in 1927.
Dominion Day was celebrated more often and the government organised more events after World War II. In 1967 following the centenary, Dominion Day events became widespread, and from 1983 onwards, July 1 officially became known as Canada Day.
Thought you knew everything about Canada? Check out these rather interesting yet surprising Canada facts!
20 interesting facts about Canada
1. Canada’s lowest recorded temperature was a freezing -81.4 Degrees Fahrenheit in 1947.
2. Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world’s lakes combined.
3. The residents of Churchill leave their cars unlocked to offer an escape for anyone who might encounter a polar bear! Scary!
4. Canada is the second largest country in the world, right after Russia.
5. Canada eats more macaroni and cheese than any other country in the world.
6. In the Canadian Northwest territories, licence plates are shaped like polar bears! How cool is that?!
7. Canada has the largest coastline in the world.
8. The Mall of America is Canadian-owned.
9. Huge parts of Canada have less gravity than the rest of Earth – this phenomenon was discovered in the 1960s.
10. The Eiffel Tower was almost temporarily relocated to Canada in 1967!
11. Ontario has more than 250,000 lakes – they contain about a fifth of the world’s fresh water.
12. Canada has the third largest oil reserves of any country in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
13. Americans have invaded Canada twice – in 1775 and 1812 – and they lost both times!
14. Canada consumes the most doughnuts and has the most doughnut shops in the world!
15. There’s less people in Canada than Tokyo’s metropolitan area.
16. Canada was the third country in space after the US and USSR.
17. Canada is an Iroquoian language word that means ‘village’.
18. The US/Canada border is the longest international border in the world, and lacks military defense.
19. Canada has the longest street in the world – the Yonge Street stretches a staggering 1,896 KM (1,178 miles)!
20. In Newfoundland, the Atlantic Ocean sometimes freezes, so people play ice hockey on it.
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