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Happy Canada Day!

July 01, 2015

July 1, 2015                                            

It’s Canada Day! You didn’t think America was the only one with its own national holiday, did you?  Why not join in the celebration by honoring our neighbors up north?


What is Canada Day?

Canada Day, formerly known as Dominion Day, has been celebrated in Canada since 1917, but wasn’t officially known as Canada Day until 1982. Canada Day celebrates the formation of the Confederation of the British North American Territories. On this day in 1867, the Constitution Act was signed joining Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Canada Province into one country. Canadians take advantage of the warm weather by celebrating outdoors enjoying parades, cook-outs, and of course fireworks! 

Click here for more information about Canada Day. Be sure to come to the Porter Henderson Library to look at some our resources on Canadian culture and history.

Streaming videos:

1 day. 48 hours. 34 million lives.

Canada: A Diverse Culture

In the Footsteps of the Inuit: The History of Nunavik

Reconquering the Conquest: Quebec

eBooks:

The History of Canada

Locations of the sacred: essays on religion, literature, and Canadian culture

Nouvelle France: the making of French Canada: a cultural history

Books:

Penguin book of Canadian Folk Songs

Inside the Atlantic Triangle: Canada and the entrance of Newfoundland into confederation

French-Canadian idea of Confederation, 1864-1900

Culture Shock: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette Canada

Canadian fun facts:

In 2017 Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary making it a (slightly) younger cousin of the US.

Canada holds the record for the most gold medals won at the Winter Olympics.

40% of the Northern Territories are largely uninhabited

Canada is one of the best places on earth to view the Northern Lights.

Canada has more doughnut shops per capita than anywhere else.

Basketball was invented in Canada!

15,500 of the worlds’ 25,000 polar bears live in Canada!

77% of the worlds’ maple syrup is made in Quebec.

Canada is home to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup going on right now!

Famous Canadians:

Michael J. Fox

Peter Jennings

Nellie McClung

The Telephone

Mary Pickford

Douglas Coupland

Marshall McLuhan

Chris Hadfield

Roberta Bondar

L.M. Montgomery

William Shatner

Joni Mitchell