Sunday, July 1, 2007

Happy 140th Birthday Canada

Canada Day marks the creation of the Dominion of Canada with the British North America Act on July 1, 1867, (140 years ago today) it united three British colonies—the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Canada. The three colonies united to form one country divided into four provinces. The Province of Canada became Ontario and Quebec.

The name was officially changed to Canada Day on October 27, 1982. However, many Canadians had already been informally referring to the holiday as "Canada Day" for a number of years before the official name change.
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The Maple Leaf

The current flag of Canada was approved by the House of Commons on December 15, 1964. The flag was later approved by Queen Elizabeth II, an order which took effect on February 15, 1965. In 1921, King George V proclaimed the official colours of Canada as red, from the Saint George's Cross, and white, from the French royal emblem since King Charles VII.
As early as 1700, the maple leaf served as a symbol celebrating the nature and environment of what is now Canada. The number of points on the leaf has no significance; they do not, for instance, represent the ten provinces plus one point for the territories.
In fact, some of the very first Canadian flags made had maple leaves of variously 13 and 15 points or more. The points of the maple leaf were determined by taking various designs and putting them in a wind tunnel to see what looks the best while moving. It is easily one of the most recognized flags in the world, next to the Union Jack and the Star Spangled Banner.



Linda said...

I think it is one of the loveliest flags ion the world. I love the Gryffindor socks. I'm not letting myself knit two pairs at once. I'm too undisciplined to go back and finish the first pair.

Barbara said...

Interesting as I spent a lot of time in Nova Scotia in 1960