In honor of Canada Day, and in a slight deviation from the norm, today’s post isn’t specific to the province of B.C. but rather focused on the country in general. And, in honor of the fact that it’s a beautiful day, this is going to be quite short!
While 1547 was the first year that ‘Canada’ as a name for this region of the world began to appear on maps, it wasn’t until the Constitution Act of 1867 that the country we now know as Canada really began to form. The signing of this act joined Nova Scotia and New Brunswick with the ‘Canadian Province’ (which was subdivided into the provinces of Ontario and Quebec at this time) into one country. British Columbia was the 7th province or territory to join the confederation of Canada on July 20, 1871 (after the initial 4 in 1867 followed by Manitoba and the Northwest Territories on July 15, 1870). The remaining provinces and territories followed in the order of; Prince Edward Island (July 1, 1873), Yukon Territory (July 13, 1898 – renamed ‘Yukon’ in 2003), Saskatchewan and Alberta (September 1, 1905), Newfoundland (March 31, 1949, and finally Nunavut (April 1, 1999).
Until it was inspired by the Canada Act, the July 1st holiday was known as Dominion Day rather than Canada Day with the change in name coming on October 27, 1982.
In addition to marking the beginnings of the formation of Canada as a modern country, July 1st has also been the date of several other significant events throughout the country:
- the first national radio hookup was initiated by the Canadian National Railway on July 1, 1927
- CBC held the first cross-country broadcast on July 1, 1958
- the first colour T.V. transmission occurred in Canada on July 1, 1966
- ‘O Canada’ was named the country’s national anthem (replacing ‘Maple Leaf Forever’) on July 1, 1980
So, on that note, Happy Canada Day to everyone! Grab a beer and enjoy the beautiful weather!