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July 1st is a statutory holiday, Canada Day. On July 1, 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain and a federation of four provinces: Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Ontario; and Quebec. The anniversary of this date was called Dominion Day until 1982. Since 1983, July 1st has been officially known as Canada Day.
Every year on Canada Day Canadians around the world show their pride in their history, culture and achievements. In many towns and cities the municipal government will organize a range of events to celebrate. Some of these events may include a pancake breakfast, parades, concerts, festivals, carnivals, and firework displays. You can find Canada Day celebrations from coast to coast – find a Canada Day celebration near you
Fun facts about Canada:

  1. National Animal: Think Canada’s national animal is cute and cuddly? Beaver’s aren’t as sweet as they look. They have actually been known to attack humans.
  2. We speak on behalf of Santa Claus: It’s thanks to thousands of kind Canadians that kids around the world get answers to their letters and emails to Santa each year. Canada Post volunteers have answered more than 1 million letters in 30 languages.
  3. The name Canada: Canada’s name comes from a misunderstanding between Jacques Cartier and some Iroquois youth who were pointing out a village (for which they used the word “Kanata”). They were actually trying to identify the small area which is Quebec City, but Cartier used the similar-sounding word “Canada” to refer to the whole area. Oops!
  4. The Flag: Canada officially got its own national flag on February 15, 1965 — almost 100 years after it became a country (in 1867).
  5. Winnie the Pooh: A bear cub named Winnipeg was exported from Canada to the London Zoo in 1915. A little boy named Christopher Robin Milne loved to visit Winnipeg (or Winnie for short) and his love for the bear cub inspired the stories written by his father, A.A. Milne, about Winnie-the-Pooh.

Here are just a few fun Canada Day activities the whole family can enjoy together:

Canada Day National Flag Windsock: Make this Canada Day Windsock and hang outside your house to show your Canadian pride!

What you need:   a1ee1fd4079fc5e9769ea369d9bfa82f

  • Tin can
  • Red and White Paint
  • Red and White string
  • Red and White streamers
  • Glue

For complete instructions click here

Canadian Flag Cake: Why not celebrate Canada and make a Canada Day cake.


  • 1 pkg (298g) prepared pound cake cut into 12 slices. b3ef9cb7cc07b2316a488d56887e58ef
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 pkg (85g each) Strawberry Jell-O powder
  • 3 cups ice cubes
  • 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries, divided.
  • 2 cups thawed cool whip

For complete directions and tutorial click here

Canada Day T-Shirts: The whole family can show off their patriotic side by painting and wearing their own personalized Canada Day t-shirts.

What you need:

  • Plain white t-shirtfd1764ae8403a0883b2a562a2f01db3d
  • Red paint
  • Piece of cardboard (small enough to fit inside the shirt)
  • Paint brush

What to do:

  • Lay t-shirt flat
  • Place piece of cardboard inside shirt so paint doesn’t go through.
  • Place hand in red paint and place in center of t-shirt to make the maple leaf.
  • Wash hands.
  • Paint a red rectangle on either side of the hand print and allow to dry.