July 1st is Canada’s Birthday. Born in 1867 when the British Parliament amalgamated Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a confederation of provinces under a federal government. Canada Day, which used to be called Dominion Day, is a national holiday with a history of fireworks, parades, patriotism and drunkenness.
Every city and town and hamlet across this vast country celebrates Canada Day in some form. In Ottawa Parliament Hill becomes the center of the country’s biggest party as the top Canadian musicians rock out on a giant stage and a $10 million fireworks show lights up the night sky. In Toronto and Montreal festivities include massive parades and military fly-overs. In Brandon and Owen Sound and Banff people dress up in their most ridiculous Canada costumes and party until the early hours of morning. No matter where you are in this country, Canada Day is a day of celebration and thankfulness.
Here it is: Canada Day across Canada!