July 1st 2017 marks Canada’s 150th birthday. If a person lived to be 150, they would be considered incredibly old, yet Canada is extremely young for a country. Our neighbour south of the border is turning 241, to put things into perspective, and even that is considered a modest history.
There are going to be a lot of events this summer to celebrate this milestone, and the media has been advertising the festivities since the beginning of the year. It will be interesting to see whether tourism spikes up this season due to all the hype about the success of the nation and the great things it is known for (namely maple syrup, hockey, and politeness).
Details about the activities being held for the sesquicentennial can be found here. Special days that are being emphasized are June 21st (National Aboriginal Day), June 24th (Saint Jean-Baptiste Day), June 27th (Canadian Multiculturalism Day), and of course, July 1st (Canada Day).
I have always lived in Canada (specifically Ontario), and although I hope to travel more in the future, and am not against the idea of moving country if somewhere else draws me in, I think Canada is a great place. The diversity of cultures, occupations, environments, and opinions make it a very interesting place to live in and explore. I would like to think that generally, Canadians are largely tolerant of people’s differences, and that makes us stronger.
In 1867, there were only four provinces (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia). Now we have 10 provinces, three territories, the right to vote for women and minorities, 16 political parties, and a strong foundation of rights and resources for all citizens.
Since I was born in July 1997, July 1867 seems a world away, when in reality our nation’s history is quite recent when compared to the rest of the globe.
Here is an entertaining video that discusses the significance of the special affair for the country.