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Friday, July 1, 2011

O Canada - The Maple Leaf Forever

Let me tell you a little story about this grand Country called Canada, on her 144th Birthday :)
Canada Day, formerly Dominion Day, is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united three British colonies into a single country, called Canada, within the British Empire. Originally called Dominion Day, the name was changed in 1982, the year that Canada gained full independence from the United Kingdom.
On Canada Day, July 1, 1980, 'O Canada!' was proclaimed the National Anthem of Canada, 100 years after it's debut performance in 1880.



Jul 1, 1867 - Seeing Canada become a country on July 1st, 1867, Muir was inspired to write a song about this new dominion that he was a part of. After reflecting on the new Dominion's national symbol – the humble maple leaf.



Interesting Canadian Facts:
  • Canada was named from the Huron and Iroquois word kanata, which means village.
  • Canada has approximately three million lakes across the country. More than 30,000 of those lakes are larger than three square kilometers!
  • Princess Juliana of the Netherlands gave Ottawa 100,000 tulip bulbs as a thank-you gift in 1945 for keeping the Dutch Royal Family safe during World War II. The Netherlands was occupied by the Nazis until Canadian soldiers liberated the country in 1944-45.
  • The Bank of Canada issued the last $1 bill in 1989. It was replaced by the one-dollar coin, known as the loonie, which came out in 1987.
  • The world's only flying saucer launching pad is in St. Paul, Alberta. It was built in 1967.
  • The largest mall in the world is West Edmonton Mall in Alberta. It has over 800 stores and restaurants, an amusement park, the world's largest indoor lake with four working submarines, 26 movie theaters and a hockey-sized ice rink.
  • More than 75% of the world's maple syrup comes from Canada.

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