Today is Canada Day, a celebration of Canada’s birthday, but this year it’s an extra special birthday…Canada is 150 years old today!
Canada used to be a British colony, but became its own independent country on July 1st, 1867. ( Well, to be totally correct, the colonies of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia joined to form the semi-autonomous federal Dominion of Canada on that date, but most would consider this date the birth of Canada as a country).
Here are some fun facts about Canada:
- The capital city of Canada is Ottawa and is located in the province of Ontario. Other major cities include Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary.
- There are 2 official languages in Canada: English and French.
- Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories.
- Canada’s prime minister is Justin Trudeau.
- Canada is the second largest country in the world ( after Russia)
- Some famous Canadian people are Jim Carrey, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner. Michael Bublé, and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson.
- Canada is famous for Timbits, ice hockey, and Poutine ( A French Canadian specialty of french fries covered with pieces of cheese curd and gravy).
Aren’t you oh so glad you are reading my blog and learning all kinds of interesting facts today?? 🙂
You might wonder why I would be writing about all this…it is because I am a Canadian. I was born in the Netherlands, moved to Canada in my teens ( where I, along with my parents and sister, became a Canadian), and moved to the USA in my 30’s, where I still live today with my own family. Watching the Olympics is great at our house, because I have 3 different countries I get to root for! ( Not so easy if 2 of those countries are competing against each other…but then I decide to root for the winner~teehee!)
Just for fun ( and because this is a quilting blog) I decided to go find some Canadian quilt projects:
This pillow is so cute and the pattern is FREE!
This Maple leaf runner comes with a great tutorial! ( Also FREE!)
This cute mug rug would be so quick to make! (Yes, FREE also)