Happy 144th Birthday, Canada!

Too often at this time of year we forget the Canadians. While on the Fourth of July Americans are busy at barbecues, parades and concerts, lighting fireworks late into the night, and generating lots of noise about declaring their independence from the British in 1776, many forget that just a few days before, Canadians are celebrating the birth of their country, too. (What’s a Canuck got to do to get a little attention, eh?)

A display of Canadian patriotism for Canada Day
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So we decided to do a little bit of research on this important holiday, and find out what it’s all about!

Usually celebrated on July 1 (it’s only celebrated on July 2 if the first day of July falls on a Sunday), Canada Day commemorates the joining of the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ottawa and Quebec into one confederation in 1867. So with the signing of a few papers and shaking of a few hands (in the scheme of things, very little fuss and bother – at least compared to their American neighbors), they became a kingdom in their own right. Let’s just say it was, like the Canadians themselves, all very polite and civilized.

But you won’t find much difference across the border in the way they celebrate their national birthday. Parades, concerts, and fireworks are the order of the day in cities and towns across the country, just on a slightly more “Canadian” scale. This year, the lucky Canadians in the nation’s capital of Ottawa will be joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (none other than the famous recent newlyweds Prince William and Princess Catherine of Wales!) for their annual celebration on Parliament Hill, featuring traditions like the Raising of the Flag and the Changing of the Guard. Other headliners will include bands like Newfoundland folk artists Great Big Sea, Prince Edward Island pop singer Jenn Grant and alternative country star Corb Lund.

This summer, consider getting to know little bit more about our friends to the North and their beautiful country. TakeTours offers trips to destinations throughout Eastern and Western Canada, including Ottawa, Toronto, the Thousand Islands and Niagara Falls regions, Quebec City, Montreal, Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies. So book a tour now! What are you waiting for, eh?