The Canada Day long weekend is finally here! With the fireworks scheduled Sunday, hamburgers on the grill, and cold drinks in the cooler, there is so much to love about our national holiday.

Don’t want to talk about the Raptors anymore? Here’s some trivia instead.

  • Canada Day kicks off, what Canadians call, “those two months before winter starts”
  • On June 20, 1868, Governor General the Viscount Monck issued a royal proclamation asking for Canadians to “celebrate the anniversary of the confederation”.
  • This holiday was given the statutory value on 1879 and was designated as the Dominion Day.
  • Canada Day was known as officially as Dominion Day until October 27, 1982. However, many ordinary Canadians have considered it as Canada Day long before the official name change.
  • Some famous people born on Canada day: Pamela Anderson, Dan Akroyd, Lady Diana the Princess of Wales, Missy Elliott, Jamie Farr, Rod Gilbert, Debbie Harry, Olivia de Havilland, Estee Lauder, Carl Lewis, Sydney Pollack, Alan Ruck, and Liv Tyler.
  • Cross-country television transmission by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation began on Canada Day in 1958 while colour television was first introduced in Canada nine years later on Canada Day in 1967
  • The name Canada derives from an Iroquoian word for “village,” kanata, that French explorers heard used to refer to the area near present-day Quebec City. Kanata is also one of the largest, present day Ottawa suburbs.

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