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Canada Day Greetings! Canada Day/ National Canada Day is a statutory holiday for all the people in Canada. This day was earlier called Dominion Day. National formation days are important for each country to mark their liberation from foreign mastery. On July 1, 1867, the Constitution Act was passed and the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick were united into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada, which is called the Canadian Confederation. Now, read the article and complete information regarding Canada Day 2023, various activities organized by the Canadian Government, and also the history of this national holiday.
History of Formation of Canadian Confederation
Under British colonialism, the colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick were a wider British federation of four provinces (the colony of Canada being divided into the provinces of Ontario and Quebec upon Confederation). Then in 1867, the British North American act joined the three individual territories of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick to form the unified Dominion of Canada. Thus, Canada became a kingdom in its own right within the British Empire. Later on, in 1982, the country gained complete independence from Britain, and the observance was officially renamed Canada Day (Fête du Canada). This Constitution Act, 1982 helped Canada to fully patriate the Canadian constitution.
Canada Day 2023 – Date and Day
Canada Day 2023 Date– 1st July 2023, Saturday
Under the federal Holidays Act of the country, Canada Day is observed on July 1. If in case the date falls on a Sunday, then July 2 is considered as the statutory holiday.
Canada Day Celebrations 2023
Usually, the National day will have the following outdoor public activities or celebrations such as parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, air, and maritime shows, fireworks, and free musical concerts, as well as some citizenship ceremonies.
- Contests will be conducted to discover, celebrate and win
- Artists will mark Canada Day during a live broadcast, highlighting our resilience and strengthening the ties that unite us.
- There will be a two-hour program that takes a journey from Ottawa, Ontario, to Alberta, through Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Yukon, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and North West Territories.
- Canada Day fireworks will be conducted in a fun and innovative way
This time the Canadian government has challenged its citizens to take this Canada day to reflect the violence that the institutions may have inflicted and also to acknowledge and raise awareness of the atrocities on Indigenous peoples is essential on the path to reconciliation. This is in view of the events that took place in May and June. Unmarked graves of Indigenous children were discovered at the site of an Indian residential school in British Columbia. It has raised to cancel the Canada Day celebration hashtags like – ‘#CancelCanadaDay’.
And, the government urges the Canadians to stand with Indigenous communities across the country during this period of mourning.
Canada Day 2023 Facts
- First Prime Minister of Canada – John A. MacDonald (July 1, 1867)
- Current Prime Minister – Justin Trudeau (served since 2015)
- Capital City – Ottawa
- On 1st July 2017, Canada celebrated its 150th anniversary
World’s Fair (Expo 67) held in 1967
- Hosted by Montreal.
- Occasion – to celebrate the 100 years since Canadian Confederation was formed.
- Important of Expo – the most successful World’s Fair of the century.
National Anthem of Canada
- ‘O Canada’ became Canada’s official national anthem on July 1, 1980
- It is originally written in French
- The song was first performed on June 24, 1880, in Quebec City
Canada’s national anthem is from ‘O Canada’. Check the National Anthem:
O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all of us command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North, strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
Interesting Facts about Canadian Geography
- Canada is known as to be the second largest country in the world.
- Canada has 6 Time zones
- Canada has 20 percent of the planet’s freshwater.
- Wasaga beach is located in Ontario, Canada is the longest freshwater beach in the world.
- The three largest islands such as Ellesmere Island, Victoria Island, and Baffin Island are also located in Canada.
- Canada is the largest producer of Uranium in the world.
Interesting Facts about Canadian Cities
- Toronto, Canada’s largest city is known as the multicultural city on Earth.
- Yonge street, the longest street in the world has located in Canada
- Ottawa, the Capital of Canada has the world’s largest skating rink which is the Rideau Canal Skate way stretching 4.8 miles from Downtown Ontario to man-made Dow’s Lake.
- Calgary in Canada is well known for its Chinooks. It averages around 30 to 35 Chinook days each year.
- Alberta’s oil sands have the fourth-largest oil reserves in the world.
Canada Day Quiz 2023
1. When did Canada become a country?
Answer: 1 July 1867
2. The population of Canada in 2015 was _____?
Around 36 million
3. Which is the largest city in Canada?
Answer: Toronto. 6.255 million
4. Which is the smallest province in Canada?
Answer: Prince Edward Island
5. The only province in Canada which has a majority of French speakers is _____?
6. The leader of Canada is known as the ____?
Answer: Prime Minister
7. Name the animal which is the national symbol of Canada?
Answer: The beaver
8. What is Canada’s most prominent national symbol?
Answer: A maple leaf
9. Who is the largest trading partner of Canada?
Answer: In 2019, Canada’s top trading partners for both goods exports and imports were the United States, the European Union, and China.
10. Canada’s first important national school of painters was known as ____?
Answer: The Group of Seven
11. Which of these Canadian cities has not hosted the Olympic Games?
12. What is the nickname for the Canadian one-dollar coin?
Answer: The Loonie
So, once again warm wishes on this Canada Day. Canada is a pleasant country with natural beauty, often addressed as the land of Niagara Falls at Ontario, maple syrup, ice hockey, etc. Foreigners can surely include many places to be visited in Canada on their bucket list. It is the land of politeness, northern lights as also the wildlife, road trips.