July 1 is a very special date for all Canadians, symbolizing our freedom and how we are blessed with all the great things that have happened to this amazing country of ours.

The date marks the anniversary of the British North America Act of 1867, which consolidated the three territories of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a single nation known as the Dominion of Canada.

The Act also divided the Province of Canada into Ontario and Quebec and included provisions for neighbouring colonies to join in the future. As you know, six provinces and three territories have joined since then.

The anniversary of Confederation became a statutory holiday in 1897 and was later known as Dominion Day. However, in the 60s most Canadians began referring to July 1 as Canada Day, and parliament officially adopted the name in 1982.

There are many ways to show your national pride on Canada Day. Get out and see one of our many parades, have a picnic, paint your face with the flag, or launch some fireworks! Whatever you choose to do, do it with true patriot love.