Canada Day

Canada Day is a statutory holiday celebrated annually on July 1st. It is to commemorate the anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, which occurred on July 1st, 1867.

Originally named Dominion Day, because of its dominion in the British Empire, it was officially changed to Canada Day in 1982.

The name Canada comes from an Iroquoian word, kanata, which means village. It was used by early French explorers to describe an area in Quebec.

Canada is the second largest country in the world and it boasts a land mass of 9.1 million square kilometers. However, despite its size it is sparsely populated in comparison to its land mass.

The History Of Canada Day

Before it became Canada, the country was comprised of four colonies. These colonies were Upper Canada, Lower Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The possibility of a confederation of the colonies was discussed during the mid 1800’s. Finally, on July 1, 1867, the British North American act passed a bill to unite the four colonies to create one country.

As a result of this, a single Dominion in the British Empire was formed. This marked Canada’s Confederation.

The British North American act divided the colonies into the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. It left provisions for other colonies and territories to join them in the future. Making it possible for Canada to grow to the country we have today.

In 1869, Parliament set forth a motion to make Dominion Day a public holiday. The motion was briefly debated by Parliament and then withdrawn.

Therefore, Dominion Day was not widely recognized as a holiday in the early years of confederation. However, it was recognized on parliament hill with speeches and small personal gatherings, but was not widely celebrated among the public.

It was not until 1958, nearing the 50th anniversary of their confederation, that official celebrations would take place.

Prime Minister John Diefenbaker was at the forefront of the celebrations. He had allocated $14,000 to organize special Dominion Day festivities.

Let the festivities begin!

Members of Parliament, which were usually in session on July 1st, were asked to partake in the official celebrations. These celebrations were to be held on Parliament Hill.

On July 1st, 1958, military bands played and speeches were read on Parliament Hill. Parades marched through the streets and those that attended were proudly flying Canadian flags.

The celebrations have continued and continue to grown each year. They now include special ceremonies in all of Canada’s provinces and territories.

Today, Canada Day is a national holiday that brings with it an overwhelming feeling of pride and unity in the country.

The Canada Day celebrations

Many of the communities across Canada host fairs and parades and organize special events for Canada Day. Crowds gather to sing ‘O Canada’, the national anthem, and to wave their flags.

Families celebrate with picnics, barbeques, music and parades. The evening usually ends with amazing fireworks displays.

Naturally, all of the Canadian favorite foods are featured across the country on Canada Day at special events and celebrations!

Some Favorite Foods

Canadians have a very interesting and diverse selection of favorite foods. They range all the way from sweet to savory.

Maple Syrup

What is the favorite food in Canada?

Well anything to do with ‘maple’ of course.

Canada produces 80% of the world’s supply of maple syrup.

It is naturally at the top of their list.

Maple syrup on it, in it or on top of it! They put that sh*t on everything!!

There are maple candies, cookies, maple syrup, bacon, burgers, ice cream.

It is even added to Canada’s national beverage, which is the Caesar.

If you can eat it or drink it, then you can drizzle it with maple syrup!

Poutine

The national favorite food of Canadians is poutine!

Poutine are French fries that are topped with cheese curds and then slathered in gravy. They are delicious!

Nanaimo Bars

The national dessert of Canada is the Nanaimo bar. Nanaimo bars originated in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

They are a sweet triple layer, baked square or bar. Starting with a graham cracker crust, a middle layer of custard filling and then they are topped with a rich layer of chocolate. Truly a sweet treat!

Butter Tarts

These are a sweet pastry tart. Consisting of just a few simple ingredients, the first butter tart recipe in Canadian history dates back to the early 1900’s.

Montreal Smoked Beef

This is a cured meat that is marinated in a blend of spices and then smoked. Served on rye bread with mustard and a pickle, it is a sandwich lovers delight!

Salmon

Because Canada is surround by water on three sides, seafood is a part of everyday life for most Canadians. Salmon tops the list of seafood. B.C. salmon is famous around the world. It is often cooked on a cedar plank to bring out all of its goodness.

The Maritimes are known for their sockeye salmon. This is often cold smoked and also used for salmon jerky. another Canadian delicacy

Kraft Dinner?

Yup, that’s right. It ranks right up there in the national favorites. Kraft dinner is just pasta in a box and don’t forget the cheese!

Crazy Canadians!

Be sure to partake in some of these foods on your next visit to Canada, you won’t be disappointed.

Celebrate Canada Day with its national beverage!

A Sunday morning tradition for many Canadians is drinking a nice tall glass of Caesar.

Walter Chell, was a restauranteur in Calgary, Alberta. He invented this alcoholic beverage in 1969.

Believe it or not his inspiration came from a pasta dish made with clams! He adapted his favorite pasta recipe into a zesty vodka cocktail.

It’s main ingredients are vodka and clamato juice, throw in some spices and ice and there you have it! The Caesar!

Celebrate Canada Everyday!

Canada Day also celebrates the pride that the people have of their country.

The beauty of its coastal waters and national forests is breathtaking! Steeped in history, it is rich in culture and heritage.

EAT DRINK AND BE MERRY. CANADA IS AMAZING!

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