Canada Day (French: Fete du Canada) is a national public holiday celebrating the historical accomplishments and contributions of Canada to the world. formerly known as Victoria Day in British Columbia, it is now a February 23rd national holiday. officially designated by the Providing Canada with Documents on Government Paper program, Canada Day is a national public holiday in most provinces, days of importance to Canada, celebrated across the country. However, in many parts of Canada (Province Nameified as follows), it is celebrated on the last Friday of February.
Historically, Canada’s confederacy was created by the Ratifying Convention of Quebec, which was also created by the Ratifying Convention of Ontario, both of which became part of Canada by way of their ratifying conventions. The existing confederacies included Georgian Canada (established by the British) and Ontario (established by the French). At the time of Federation in 1812, there were six new provinces (Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, New England, and British Columbia). As is often the case with historical events and dates, the name of Canada did not yet apply when the Constitution Act was being prepared, but when it did the title “province of Canada” was changed to “the province of Ontario” so that it would coincide with the existing confederations. The present government of Canada has determined that the official name of Canada should retain the historical description of each province, which is “a province of Canada”, but use the more current version of the word “jubilee”, instead of “parallel” or “parallel years”.
Canada Day celebrations are most popular in the large urban areas of Canada such as Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Montreal in addition to more rural areas of Canada like Cape Breton and Nova Scotia. In many of these larger cities parades are held daily, often with a running time of one hour or more. Some municipalities have also formed partnerships with other municipalities to develop more extensive Canada Day parades, including using musical entertainment and extended playlists to fill out the evening. Parades may feature everything from an elaborate celebration with elements from Canadian culture to a simpler parade with just horse and carriages. The size of the parade is dependent on the size of the crowd estimated to be present, whether children are in attendance or not, and if fireworks are being used. Some parades, including that of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, have even incorporated the use of fireworks into their presentations.
One of the most popular themes for Canada day celebrations is that of the spirit of the First World War. This includes a wide variety of activities involving the veterans and their family members. Many organizations throughout Canada work with veterans to host special events where they can celebrate Canada’s Veterans Day in a manner similar to the First World War. Many of these programs feature a “wartime” theme, complete with historical reenactments, replicas of trenches, and even recreations of sites and places from that era. While some of these events may be free to attend, others may require a paid admission to gain admittance to the actual events.
Canada day Celebrations
The ceremony is for the Pikwàkanagàn community and invited guests, but it will also be live streamed on YouTube.
“We will be inviting our neighbours, friends and supporters who have been sending words of sympathy and condolences to our community, wanting to know how they can help us or support us during this time of sorrow and grief,” Meness said.
William Blackstock from Richmond Hill, Ont., travelled to Ottawa to plant 967 orange flags on Parliament Hill to mark the growing tally of unmarked graves discovered across Canada.
“Our children, they could not speak out. This is how they need to speak out right now, and I feel that their voice needs to be heard on Parliament Hill,” he said.
However, Blackstock was told by security that flags were a safety hazard and suggested he plant them at Major’s Hill Park instead.
One of the largest events for Canada day festivities occurs in Ottawa at the National War Museum. Here, visitors can learn about the evolution of Canadians as a nation, as well as the experiences and struggles of the First World War. Many events involve food and wine, as Ottawa is known for its delicious cuisine. There is also the possibility of participating in a tug-of-war between the British and the French forces, as well as visiting the Vimy Memorial and the Rideau Canal. Many visitors prefer to spend their time in Ottawa during Canada day so that they can walk around the parliament buildings and take in the stunning view of the capital.
The summer months are prime times for Canada day celebrations in Toronto, which occur on July 3rd each year. This is the first day that Toronto hosts the Expos, a major annual event which celebrates baseball. Many events include musical performances by various artists, family fun at local parks and beaches, and a parade through the streets. The national anthem is played throughout the day, as well as an elaborate fireworks display. While many visitors choose to spend their time in Toronto, there is no shortage of activities for those willing to travel further afield to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.