Today is Canada Day, eh! To help our northern neighbors celebrate their sovereignty, I’ve chosen a few trivial tidbits to share with you aboot those crazy Canadians.
1. Canada Day celebrates the events of July 1, 1867, when the British North America Act of 1867 unified all of the Canadian provinces under one government. It’s not like Independence Day in the United States. It’s more like if we celebrated the signing of our Constitution. In fact, Canadians have renamed the BNA Act to the Constitution Act, 1867.
2. Canada has the second largest land mass in the world. However, only 33 million people live in Canada, making for the fourth lowest population density in the world.
3. Canadians believe that Santa Claus is from Canada. Silly Canadians.
4. The United States has invaded Canada twice. In 1775 and 1812.
5. Canada’s national sport is… lacrosse.
6. Canadians invented the zipper, telephone, electron microscope, Wonderbra, basketball and Trivial Pursuit.
7. The Canadian flag with the red maple leaf was adopted in 1965. Before that time, Canada flew the Union Flag (the same one that Great Britain flies).
8. “O, Canada” was already 100 years old when it officially became Canada’s national anthem on July 1, 1980.
O, Canada, we stand on gaurd for thee!
Vaya con Dios, Amigos.