Saturday, June 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Canada!

Canada Day on July 1 this year celebrates Canada's 145th birthday.  Yea!  Celebrations across the country will include face painting



Canada Day birthday cakes



Fireworks



 parades, picnics, barbeques, family get togethers, and all manner of fun.

Here are a few fun facts about Canada, courtesy of Lucy Izan at Readers' Digest

Our beavers have built a dam that is visible from outer space. 
The 2,790 ft. structure is located in Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta

Jasper, Alberta is the largest dark sky preserve in the world...a great place for seeing stars without conflicting ground lights to hde them.

Twillingate, Newfoundland, is the home of a winery that makes wine from iceburg water.

80% of the world's mustard seed is grown in Saskatchewan and exported worldwide.
Isn't that something you always wondered about?!

Canada's Parliament buildings in Ottawa house a sanctuary for stray cats.  They have little wooden 'houses' to shelter them on Parliament Hill.  People are encouraged not to use the sanctuary as a dropping off place for unwanted cats however.  The resident cats don't take kindly to this.  Somewhere in my collection of photographs we have a picture of me petting one of the Parliament strays back in the 1990s.

Canada's a great place to live.  The climate varies from Arctic cold to desert heat, depending on which part of the country you live in.  We have large cities, small towns, acres and acres of ranchland, majestic mountains, fertile plains, rivers and lakes and forests...the best of all worlds.  Come visit us sometime.  We're very polite you know.  And very few of us say 'eh'.


Have a happy Canada Day celebration.

9 comments:

Fiona said...

Hi Pat,

I enjoyed all your interesting facts about Canada and your lovely photos.

Happy Birthday Canada.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend
from a wet and miserable Ireland!


xxx

Ellie said...

Happy Canada day to you tomorrow :))
Hope you have lots of fun celebrating.
So many interesting facts you have here. Canada is one of the places I would love to visit and tour. Hopefully one day I will.

RoeH said...

Happy Day, Canada! I would love to visit you at every point you have.

Magpie said...

Congratulations and get out there and celebrate!! Love all the facts about Canada. I kinda like the "eh". :)

TARYTERRE said...

CANADA I LOVE YOU. Happy Birthday. EVERYONE enjoy.

Mickey said...

Happy Canada Day!
Surprised you had time to do a blog when you're in the midst of a move!

Mickey said...

Happy Canada Day!
Surprised you had time to do a blog when you're in the midst of a move!

Granny Annie said...

Happy Birthday to Canada and wishing wonderful and safe celebrations to you and all my Canadian friends. I'll be going around with you anthem in my head all day...

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.

justsoyouknow said...

Fascinating Canada facts. I am most interested in the aurora though and hoping i can witness one soon.

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