National Canada Day

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Ah, Canada Day! The day when Canadians from coast to coast gather to celebrate their true north strong and free spirit. It's a day of maple syrup-sweetened joy, hockey-filled festivities, and plenty of poutine cravings. So grab your toque and get ready to join the hosers for a rip-roarin' good time!

When is Canada Day?

It's national canada day on the 1st July.

A Brief History of Canada Day

On this delightful day known as Canada Day, the Great White North celebrates the anniversary of Confederation. Back on July 1, 1867, the Dominion of Canada was officially born, eh? Four provinces—Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia—came together to form this fine nation. Over the years, more provinces and territories joined in the fun, making Canada the second-largest country in the world, eh! The day was initially known as Dominion Day until it was officially renamed Canada Day in 1982. What a polite and subtle change, eh?

Since then, Canadians have been proudly donning their red and white, waving their maple leaf flags, and immersing themselves in loonie-eating contests. Okay, maybe not the last one, but it's safe to say that Canadians celebrate Canada Day with enthusiasm rivaling the Hockey Night in Canada anthem.

Celebrations Across the Country

From sea to shining sea, Canada Day is marked with fireworks, parades, concerts, barbecues, and all-around merriment. In Ottawa, the capital city, Parliament Hill plays host to an epic celebration that draws thousands of patriotic Canucks. And boy, do they know how to throw a party! Be prepared for live music, street performers, and a whole lot of Canadian flag waving.

But Ottawa isn't the only place where the maple leaf flies high. From the rocking party scene in Toronto to the chill vibes of Vancouver, Canadians come together to celebrate their country's awesomeness. It's like a giant love letter to the Great White North, complete with fireworks spelling out phrases like 'Eh, we're awesome!' and 'Sorry, not sorry for being so amazing!'

Fun Canada Day Facts

Did you know that Canada consumes more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world? Who would've thought that such cheesy deliciousness would be a national treasure? And speaking of treasure, Canada is home to almost 20% of the world's freshwater—now that's a lot of opportunities for epic cannonballs and refreshing swims, eh!

History behind the term 'Canada'


Cartier's Encounter

In 1535, French explorer Jacques Cartier sailed up the St. Lawrence River and encountered the indigenous people living in the area. These people, known as the St. Lawrence Iroquoians, used the word 'kanata' to refer to their village or settlement.


Founding of Quebec City

In 1608, Samuel de Champlain founded Quebec City, establishing the first permanent French settlement in what is now Canada. The area around Quebec City became known as 'Canada' among the French colonists, as it was seen as the heart of their new colony.


Treaty of Paris

As a result of the Seven Years' War, also known as the French and Indian War, France ceded its North American territories, including Canada, to the British Empire. The British adopted the name 'Canada' to refer to their newly acquired colony.



On July 1, 1867, the Dominion of Canada was officially formed through the passage of the British North America Act. This act united the three colonies of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia into a single country called Canada. The name 'Canada' was chosen to represent the entire territory.


Constitution Act

In 1982, Canada patriated its constitution, gaining full control over its constitutional affairs. The Constitution Act, 1982 officially recognized Canada as one of the independent nations of the world. The name 'Canada' remains the official name of the country to this day.

Did you know?

Canada consumes more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world!


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