Originally called Dominion Day, Canada Day is always July 1, though if it falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated the next day. In French, the day is called la Fête du Canada. On July 1, 1867, the British North Americas Act created the Dominion of Canada as a federation of four provinces. We call this event the confederation of Canada. The four original provinces were created from the former British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada, which was divided into the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. We often refer to this day as the birth of Canada, though that is partly symbolic, much as July 4 is in the United States.
This is called a statuary holiday in Canada, which means much of the country is closed, such as government offices, and most businesses. Buses are free, but run on a holiday or Sunday schedule. Canadians fly the flag today, and there are marches and festivities. These include pancake breakfasts, parades, concerts, carnivals, festivals, firework displays, and citizenship ceremonies for new Canadian citizens. The celebrations often have a patriotic mood.
I used to go up to Toronto a couple of times a year, back when it was difficult to obtain British books in the States. One year my brother and I arrived on Canada Day, not thinking about it at all, and were very surprised to find most things closed. I have become much more internationally aware of things since!
According to various sites around the web, here are some reasons Canada is the best country in the world.
- Beautiful clear and pure tap water
- You can call the government direct. They have an 800 number
- Canada has the highest proportion of college graduates
- Canadians are known for their politeness
- Canadian chocolate is of a higher quality than American major companies
- The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau
- Universal health care
- Affordable education (college costs $3000-$4000 a year)
- Montreal, which is like being in Europe without having to leave the continent
Celebrating this special day with our neighbors to the north. Happy Canada Day!
Quotes about Canada
My dream is for people around the world to look up and to see Canada like a little jewel sitting at the top of the continent.–Tommy Douglas
Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world.–Jack Layton
Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity.–Marshall McLuhan
Canada will be a strong country when Canadians of all provinces feel at home in all parts of the country, and when they feel that all Canada belongs to them.–Pierre Trudeau
Canada has always been there to help people who need it.–Justin Trudeau
I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given to participate in that work as a representative of my country, Canada, whose people have, I think, shown their devotion to peace.–Lester B. Pearson
Canada is like a loft apartment over a really great party.–Robin Williams
I love being Canadian. I think growing up in Canada gives you a world perspective that I certainly enjoy.–Ryan Gosling
Canada is the homeland of equality, justice and tolerance.–Kim Campbell
Every country is like a particular type of person. America is like a belligerent, adolescent boy; Canada is like an intelligent, 35-year-old woman.–Douglas Adams
It is incomprehensible that drug companies still get away with charging Americans twice as much, or more, than citizens of Canada or Europe for the exact same drugs manufactured by the exact same companies.–Bernie Sanders
I have a maple leaf tattoo over my heart, quite literally, and my two favorite things on Earth are being in Canada and making movies.–Jay Baruchel
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