On July 1 1867, the British Colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were united into one Dominion of Canada. While the Canada we know today wasn’t complete until 1949 when Newfoundland came on board – and numerous territorial changes and expansions have happened in the intervening years – we still consider July 1 to be our official birthday. And after 150 years, we have a lot to celebrate!
It’s also important to look back on some of the amazing things that we, as a country, have achieved in such a relatively short time:
- The discovery of Insulin for the treatment of diabetes2
- The development of computerized weather forecasting systems that are now used worldwide3
- The discovery of stem cells4
- The invention of Pablum by Canadian doctors Frederick Tisdall, Theodore Drake, and Alan Brown in 19305
- Poutine, peanut butter, butter tarts and Nanaimo bars!
- The invention of the snowmobile, the prosthetic hand, the electric wheelchair and the snow blower 6
- The invention of hockey, our national game, but also basketball, lacrosse and five-pin bowling7
- The invention of the cardiac pacemaker by John Hopps8
- The invention of the alkaline battery, the caulking gun, the electric oven and the egg carton9
As a Canadian, the list of things that your own family has achieved during its history in Canada is also very important. Whether you are a new immigrant or a family that can trace its Canadian history back to pre confederation times, your story is part of what makes Canada so strong and proud.
If you haven’t nailed down your Canada Day celebration plans just yet, we have some great and important ways that you can mark the day:
- Start working on your family tree. See how far back your Canadian roots go, and in the process honour those who brought you to this country. Our article, Unlocking the Past, will give you some great tips on how to start researching your family history.
- Write a love letter to Canada. Sit down with your children and grandchildren and write a letter about all of the things that you love about living in this beautiful country. Include your family’s list of personal achievements. Keep the letter to re-read each year on Canada Day, adding new things every year, or mail it off to the Prime Minister or your MP using these addresses:
80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A2Name of Member of Parliament
House of Commons Ottawa, ON
- Spread the love. Canadians are known for their warmth and welcoming spirit. If there are new Canadians in your community, invite them to your Canada Day celebrations this year.
- Eat your way through Canada. Make up your Canada Day menu using recipes that are unique to Canada. Check out this list of 150 Canadian inspired recipes from Canadian Family, try one of the traditional recipes from Indigenous Food First, or check out one of these 12 Canadian Indigenous restaurants across Canada.
- Thank a veteran. The brave women and men who have fought to protect our country deserve our thanks all year long. If you don’t know a veteran to thank in person, write a thank-you letter and mail it to The Royal Canadian Legion where it can be passed along to one of our deserving vets.
86 Aird Place
Ottawa ON, K2L 0A1
Canadians aren’t typically known for their flag waving, but our 150th birthday is a good chance to pull out all the stops and celebrate everything it means to be living in this beautiful country.
Happy Canada Day!