Do you know what Canada Day is? It’s Canada’s national day and is a federal holiday celebrating the July 1, 1867 enactment of the British North America Act (now called the Constitution Act 1867). This united two British colonies and a province of the British Empire into a single country called Canada. In French it’s called Fete du Canada.
Canada Day has been called a few names in the past. It used to be known as Dominion Day, the First of July, Confederation Day and July the First. Canada wasn’t born on July 1st, but the holiday celebrates the events that took place on this day.
In 1982, Dominion Day changed to Canada Day after a vote in Parliament. Not everyone was happy about this change. Some people felt that a 115 year-old part of Canadian heritage was lost. But, the new name stuck and every July 1st, Canadians celebrate Canada Day. In celebration, Canadians have parades, fireworks, picnics, face painting and food.
The following are some interesting facts about Canada:
- Canada was named from the Huron and Iroquois word kanata, which means village.
- Canada has approximately three million lakes across the country. More than 30,000 of those lakes are larger than three square kilometers.
- Princess Juliana of the Netherlands gave Ottawa 100,000 tulip bulbs as a thank-you gift in 1945 for keeping the Dutch Royal Family safe during World War II. The Nazis occupied the Netherlands until Canadian soldiers liberated the country in 1944-45.
- The Bank of Canada issued the last $1 bill in 1989. It was replaced by the one-dollar coin, known as the loonie, which came out in 1987.
- The world’s only flying saucer launching pad is in St. Paul, Alberta. It was built in 1967.
- The largest mall in the world is the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta. It has over 800 stores and restaurants, an amusement park, the world’s largest indoor lake with four working submarines, 26 movie theaters and a hockey-sized ice arena.
- More than 75% of the world’s maple syrup comes from Canada.
Clay Aiken has performed many times in Canada. He was there for the American Idol Tour during Season 2 and he has brought some of his tours to Canada. He also knows Canada because of his close relationship with two Canadian friends, David Foster and Jaymes Foster.
Clay was a judge for David Foster’s Star Search and was a big hit. The event took place at the River Rock Casino Resort in Redmond, BC on September 9th, 2006. The next night, David hosted the “David Foster and Friends Charity Gala.” Clay Aiken was a performer that night and helped David raise money for his charity by being a part of an auction.
On August 25, 2005, Clay performed at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto as a part of his Jukebox Tour. It was a huge success!!
I am sure that Canada is looking forward to August 5th, 2010. Clay will be returning to Canada to perform at Caesar’s in Windsor, Ontario. We expect you all to deliver lots of “Clack!”
We all wish the best to all of our Canadian Friends. Have a wonderful day!!
Hey there Claynadians! Happy Canada Day.
Happy Canada Day Canada!!! and a special shout out to all those Clay Aiken fans – also known as Claynadians!!!
Thank you, Musicfan, for such a nice tribute to Canada and the Claynadians.
The Juke Box Tour at the Molson Amphitheatre was very special for me as it is the only concert I was as close as the second row and it was unbelievably awesome. Three tries at tickets got me there! And…. I am eagerly awaiting the Windsor Concert!
I hope Clay celebrates Canada Day with Parker as he is half Canadian, a proud addition to our country!
Once again, thank you so much!
What a lovely tribute to Canada and us Claynadians… Thank you Musicfan!
I remember the JBT05 very well..and Clay singing "O Canada". I thought he did very well for "Stump the Band"….and now that Parker is 1/2 Canadian…..it's even more special. Clay brought Jaymes Foster up to dance "At the CarWash" in her afro wig… It was fun…who knew back then that these 2 would be the proud parents of Parker….???
Happy Canada Day to my fellow Claynadians!!!!
Happy Canada Day, Claynadians! I love the tribute. Musicfan, you are so thoughtful. Are there awards for great bloggers? Should be! You've got my vote.
Happy Canada Day to all our Claynadian friends.
What a great informative Claynadian blog! Thanks! I just have to say that there is something about the David Foster Gala photos of Clay that are so so so……. to me. ;o)
Musicfan, thanks for the tribute to Canada Day.
I too was at the Molson Amphitheatre for the JBT, and what a great night that was!
Our pal Judy organized the pre-party and over 300 people attended. What a blast.
And so many of our Americans friends from the boards showed up–even some from California, others from Texas. Those were the days, when everyone could afford to travel far for concerts!