Monday, 1 July 2013


Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. - Jack Layton

Lake view from my window

Happy Canada Day!  Today Canada celebrates its very own national holiday.  It marks the anniversary of the  joining of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to Ontario and Quebec to make a unified Canada, back in 1867.  The July 1 holiday was first celebrated in 1917...but, was done so, unofficially.  The Canadian Parliament began to pass a law to make it an official holiday in the late 1950's.  But it wasn't until 1982 that July 1...Canada Day received "official status" in Parliament.  Incidentally, that was also the year that the Canada Act was passed, "removing the final dependency that Canada had to the United Kingdom."

Here are 7 facts about Canada.

1. National Facts:
Capital City:  Ottawa
National Icon: Beaver
Tree: Sugar Maple

2. Canada's Flag:

Canada officially got its own national flag on February 15, 1965 — almost 100 years after it became a country (in 1867).

3.  The name:
Kanata is the St. Lawrence-Iroquoian word for "village" or "settlement."

4.  Population: 
Its population density is 8.6 people per square mile, making Canada the ninth-most sparsely populated nation in the world.

5. The Military:
Canada Launched a Secret Project To Build an Aircraft Carrier Made From Ice
The 1943 mission was to build a 1-to-50-scale prototype of an aircraft carrier using ice and sawdust. The site is now marked by a roadside plaque and submerged  monument.
(source: Reader's Digest)

6. The Wildlife:
Canadian Beavers Built a Dam Visible From Outer Space.  First discovered by an environmental researcher using Google Earth in 2007, the dam is located just inside Wood Buffalo National Park, the 2nd largest protected area in the world. The dam stretches 2,790 feet.
 (source: Reader's Digest)
7.  The Coffee:
Maybe in America you love Starbucks...but if you want to fit in need to be holding a
Tim Horton's cup.

Happy Canada Day!

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