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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Birthday, Canada!!!

Today is Canada's Birthday!  We are a very young country compared to most other countries, being only 143 years old.  One that has had, and still does have difficulty having it's own identity.  Our population is just over 34 million and is only growing because of the healthy immigration system.  Many people apply to come and live in Canada.  We have only 10 provinces and three territories.The Dominion of Canada came into being on July 1, 1867. On this day, the four founding provinces were formed. Further provinces and territories were added over the years, with the most recent territory – Nunavut – forming  in 1999.


 

We stretch from the Pacific Ocean up to...


...the Arctic Ocean...




...clear over to the Atlantic Ocean.




With the Rockies and many other mountain ranges in between.  Canadians, like any other people,
believe their country to be the most beautiful in the world.  I love and enjoy the beauty of our precious country.  And I'm proud to be a Canadian!


The Prairies have a beauty of their own.  I enjoy driving over the open prairies, I always feel like it gives a person breathing space.


It is our Big Sky country.


Canada's new red and white Maple Leaf flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill on February 15, 1965. Maurice Bourget, Speaker of the Senate, addressed the audience. "The flag is the symbol of the nation's unity, for it, beyond any doubt, represents all the citizens of Canada without distinction, language, belief or opinion."


It flies atop the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill, in the city of our Capitol, Ottawa, Ontario.

Happy Birthday, dearest Canada, I LOVE you!


O Canada!

Our home and native land!

True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,

The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.


O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.



All photos are from the Internet, found in various places.

12 comments:

nannykim said...

Well, Happy B to Canada. I didn't realize how new it was. As far as I am concerned I think Canada went the better route than the US. I really don't like the path we took for independence, but I am glad we are independent. Canada is pretty--but a lot colder! I remember camping up there one August and the 40 degree nights about killed me ;-). It is amazing to me how unpopulated so many area are, but then you guys have rough terrain in places! Canada is interesting, I must say.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Happy Canada Day, Cindy! Loved reading this and am thankful for my friends north of the border, including YOU! :-)

XO,

Sheila

Susan said...

Happy Birhtday Canada!!! Love this country that I will soon (hopefully it will be 'soon') be a citizen of!! After about 44 years here I feel Canadian!
Thanks for the history lesson Cindy. I enjoy reading the history of this country.
xoxo Sue

Nancy said...

Happy Birthday, Canada! I've only been there once and that was in 1967, so quite a while ago! Your pictures are breathtaking. I'd love to visit again.

Hugs,
Nancy

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Cindy...

Happy Canada Day, my friend! I really enjoyed your post! I must admit that I really don't know a whole lot about Canada...it was interesting reading about some of your country's history! I have been to Edmonton, Alberta...the only time that I've been to Canada but I must tell you...it was a fabulous drive! Such beautiful scenery!!! Thank you for sharing a little about your country with us!

I also wanted to thank you for coming by yesterday and taking a little peek at my master bedroom summer redo! I really enjoyed your visit and sweet note, my friend! Thank you!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Thanks for the sweet note! You can see Millie on my april post,"Meet Ms. Millie", they have the same personality as your neighbors dog, so cute and sweet. But the Russian Bolonka is smaller, only 7-10 pounds.

Ana said...

Happy Birthday Canada! It surely does look like a beautiful place Cindy. I have never been, but hope that one day I will have the pleasure of visiting your grand country. Thank you for sharing all the wonderful information about Canada with us. Wishing you an beautiful weekend my dear friend.

Much love to you,
♥Ana

Greet said...

Cindy,
Sorry for having a bit too late to congatulate you on the Birthday of Canada! You poste the most wonderful pictures!
Have a nice weekend!
xx
Greet

La Maison Reid said...

You have every right to be proud of your beautiful country. I hope someday to do more traveling there.
~~Nancy~~

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Hi Cindy,
Thanks for this wonderful history lesson on Canada. It sounds and looks like a wonderful country! I would love to visit some time. Looking at all those beautiful pictures reminds me of America.
Happy Canada Day to you!
Hugs ~ Jo :)

Alaina said...

That is a lovely tribute. Both my husband's and my sister's family have cottages in Canada and I love driving through the countryside. Beautiful old farm houses, untouched land.

Sandy at Teacup Lane said...

Happy Birthday Canada! We are on a trip of our lifetime to Alaska and had the pleasure of traveling in Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon (and the Alaska Hwy in Canada). We enjoyed our part of the trip in Canada...the friendly people, the beautiful country and the museums. We had a wait on the Alaska Hwy due to construction and the Canadian highway flag guy walked up to each vehicle waiting to let each of us know why and how long. Hubby and I joked that would never happen in the States.