In 2017, we are celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Canada, also known as the 150th Anniversary of the Confederation, or simply Canada 150!
The nation we now know as Canada was born 150 years ago, on July 1, 1867, when the former British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were united in the process called Canadian Confederation. The old province of Canada was then divided into Ontario and Quebec, and formed the initial federation of 4 provinces along with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Over the years, Canada went through many territorial changes and expansions, and the current federal union has 10 provinces and 3 territories.
While celebrating this nation so young in the current confederation sense, we don’t want to ignore the rich history, culture and traditions of the original indigenous peoples who lived and thrived in these lands long before the French and British settlements started in the late 15th century. We want to celebrate all of the peoples, past and present, from near or far, who have built and continue to shape this nation.
Canada is a new country with an ancient history, a land of vastness and natural beauty, stretching from the Atlantic in the East to the Pacific in the West, and from the long border with the USA in the south to the Artic in the North. It is the second largest country in the world by land mass and holds about 20% of the world’s fresh water, in thousands of lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands.
We hope the Canada 150 celebrations will motivate more people living here or abroad to discover, treasure and enjoy this beautiful nation from “coast to coast to coast”, celebrate its friendliness and embrace its multiculturalism.
The founders and collaborators of VivaHappy.com Blog are very proud to live in Canada and we want to invite you to celebrate with us! We gathered some ideas below to get you started. Many cities are hosting celebration events throughout the summer, culminating on July 1, Canada Day, so check the local listings. If you have more suggestions or comments, make sure to let us know, and #VivaCanada150!
- TO Canada with Love (City of Toronto)
- Celebrate Canada Days
- FREE 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass
- Passport 2017