Category: Historical Events

Family Day in Canada

Family Day in Canada

[ 7 ] January 23, 2013 |

The second Monday in February in B.C.–the third Monday in Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan—the wonderful tradition of Family Day comes around. Family Day is observed to celebrate “the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.” Family Day was first held in Alberta, in 1990, followed by Saskatchewan, and then Ontario. In […]

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History of Canada Day Celebrations

History of Canada Day Celebrations

Ottawa, Canada’s capital and seat of government, is inextricably connected to Canada Day. What’s your connection to it? Would it help if we provided you with a little history and few extra facts? Thought so! What we know as “Canada Day” was originally called Dominion Day. On July 1, 1867, because of the British North […]

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The Santa Claus Parade: It Must Be Christmas Time!

The Santa Claus Parade: It Must Be Christmas Time!

In mid-November of each year, an over century old parade rolls into town in Toronto, and into people’s living rooms worldwide. Don’t worry if you missed this year’s edition, full television coverage will ensure it was recorded, and in fact, you can probably watch it on YouTube, which has a channel dedicated to this magical, […]

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Canadian Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving

[ 1 ] October 9, 2011 |

Happy Thanksgiving! This weekend many Canadian families will be carving turkeys and filling their bellies full of stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. In our house the extensive feast of thanks usually follows with a selection of pies, preferably pumpkin and apple. Thanksgiving is typically celebrated as a weekend to spend time with family, to travel, […]

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History of Canada Day

History of Canada Day

[ 3 ] October 24, 2009 |

(Featured June 2004) Canada Day is July 1st of every year. It’s the day that all Canadians enjoy relaxation while spending time with family & friends. It typically involves a BBQ (cook-out). Many communities host Canada Day events and set off fireworks. The Americans separated from British rule in 1776, and celebrate Independence Day on […]

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The Halifax Explosion

The Halifax Explosion

[ 2 ] October 24, 2009 |

Prior to Hiroshima, the worst man-made explosion occurred on December 6, 1917, at 9:05 am in the town of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Two thousand people were killed, 9,000 were injured. Three hundred and twenty-five acres were destroyed. What caused this devastation? World War I was raging in Europe but Halifax was prospering as a jump […]

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Trivia EH? Canadian Emigration

Trivia EH? Canadian Emigration

[ 0 ] October 24, 2009 |

During the American Revolution, 1896-1910, and the Viet Nam war more Americans immigrated to Canada, than Canadians to the USA Those 3 exceptions aside, Canadians are moving to the USA, 2-3 times more often than Americans coming north Macleans magazine reported that between 1919 & 1926, 11% of University of Toronto graduates, 15% of Western […]

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Canadian Emigration

Canadian Emigration

[ 0 ] October 24, 2009 |

Historically, Canadians have been moving south to the United States for a variety of reasons. One of the first en masse emigrators were the Acadians. Nova Scotian Governor Charles Lawrence expelled all French speaking people from the colony, putting them on ships and transferring them as far away as Louisiana. After rebellions in Upper and […]

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