O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

What is a Canadian? A Canadian is a fellow wearing English tweeds, a Hong Kong shirt, and Spanish shoes who sips Brazilian coffee sweetened with Philippine sugar from a Bavarian cup while nibbling Swiss cheese, sitting at a Danish desk over a Persian rug, after coming home in a German car from an Italian movie all with a smile on his face saying, “What a great day, eh?”

No matter where you’re from, or what you believe in, we can all agree  Canada is our, “True North strong and free.”

British Columbia - Agassiz

British Columbia – Agassiz

Jasper National Park

Alberta – Jasper National Park


Saskatchewan – Canadian Pacific Railway

Lake Winnipeg

Manitoba – Lake Winnipeg

Ontario - Algonquin Park

Ontario – Algonquin Park

Mont Tremblant

Quebec – Mont Tremblant

Newfoundland - Puffin Nest Island

Newfoundland – Puffin Nest Island

PEI - Covehead Lighthouse in Stanhope

Prince Edward Island – Covehead Lighthouse

Nova Scotia - Bay of Fundy Humpback whale

Nova Scotia – Humpback Whale in the Bay of Fundy

New Brunswick - longest wooden covered bridge

New Brunswick – Hartland

Yukon- Northern Lights

Yukon Territory – Night Sky Stars, clouds, and Northern Lights

Northwest Territories - Sambaa Deh Falls1

Northwest Territories – Sambaa Deh Falls

Nunavut - sunset

Nunavut – sunset on the High Arctic

Happy Canada Day Eh?

As Canadians we like to pride ourselves on being different from our southern cousins – particularly when it comes to knowledge about our own nation. So while we may laugh at people who think we live in igloos and eat poutine all day, we can’t get too haughty if we don’t know our facts and dates either.

Case and point: Do you know what the original name for Canada Day was?

If not, then you may want to read on for a little mini history lesson in honour of our great country’s upcoming holiday. Here are a few important facts to help you brush up on your Canadian IQ.

The 4-Fathers

Nope, we’re not referring to forefathers, what we’re talking about is the first four provinces (well it was three actually, but we’ll explain that later) that originally made up the ‘self-governing Dominion of Great Britain” (or as we call it today – Canada). Among the four provinces that made up this Dominion were: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec.

Technically, there were 3 original provinces, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada – which is the area where Ontario and Quebec are now. Confusing isn’t it?

Name That Date

So if there is one date you need to remember it’s this one: July 1, 1867. On this day, Canada officially became a ‘Dominion’ of Great Britain. This grand event was called ‘the confederation of Canada’ under the British North America Act, or as we now call it, the Constitution Act.

Dominion Day? What?

On June 20, 1868, the nation’s Governor General proclaimed that Canadians should celebrate the anniversary of the confederation (and rightly so!). Thus in 1879, July 1 became a statutory holiday called… Dominion Day.

Strangely though, it wasn’t until 50 years later that people began having official celebrations. After World War II, Dominion Day was celebrated more frequently and the government became more proactive about creating public events. Of course when we celebrated our 100th anniversary in 1967, people really took notice and began thinking “Hey, why don’t we call it Canada Day?” Much to the chagrin of many traditionalists, the holiday’s name was officially changed to Canada Day in 1983, and since then it’s stuck.

But What About The Other Provinces?

The Canada that we know today certainly took a while to develop. Here is a list of when all the other provinces joined in on the fun.

*side note: when we say join, we mean previous borders and ownership rights were changed.

July 15, 1870

July 20, 1871

July 1, 1873

 June 13, 1898

September 1, 1905

March 31, 1949

April 1, 1999

Know Your Bills

Though we see them every day, it’s a rare occasion that we actually think about the faces on our multi-coloured currency. Much more than aging men and women with nice clothes, they are all prominent historical figures and you should know them by name.

$100 Dollars, Robert Borden,
Prime Minister 1911-1920

$50 Dollars, William Lyon MacKenzie King,
Prime Minister 1921-1948

$20 Dollars, Queen Elizabeth

$10, John A MacDonald, Canada’s first
Prime Minister 1851 – 1891

$5 Dollars, Wilfrid Laurier,
Prime Minister 1896-1911

And there you have it. A crash course just in time for Canada Day.  Considering our hotels are 100% Canadian owned, we think that a well-deserved Sutton Place hotel stay might be the best way to show your patriotism this holiday. So, if you’re in Edmonton, Revelstoke or Vancouver, then get you to the Sutton Place! 

What’s more? We have excellent Summer Promo Rates at all of our properties – the perfect way to kick of the festivities off in style.  Click here to find out more!


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