I had a wonderful vacation and now the jet lag is catching up with me, I am finding it hard to get my internal clock back on the right time, thus I am blogging at midnight. But I have wonderful stories and pictures to tell when I get the hundreds of pictures all sorted out.
But today is July 1 and 'Canada Day' for folks in Canada so I thought I would tell you a bit about what Canada Day represents.
On July 1, 1867 the British North America Act created the Dominion of Canada as a federation of four
provinces. This event is known as the confederation of Canada. The four original provinces were created from the former British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada, which was divided into the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. Canada's boundaries have extended since 1867 and the country now consists of 10 provinces and three territories.
On June 20, 1868 Canada's Governor General proclaimed that Canadians should celebrate the anniversary of the confederation. July 1 became a statutory holiday, known as Dominion day in 1879. However, no official celebrations were held until the 50th anniversary in 1917, and the 60th anniversary in 1927. After World War II, Dominion Day was celebrated more frequently and more events were organized by the federal government. After the centenary of the confederation in 1967, Dominion Day events became more widespread. July 1 became popularly known as Canada Day. The date was officially known as Canada Day from 1983 onwards, have a wonderful day!