Canada’s 150th Birthday – Fun Facts and Resources

canadian-flagDid you know that almost a century and a half ago, Canada was born, eh? In 2017, Canada celebrates 150 years as a nation and Canadians will gather in their communities from coast to coast to coast to celebrate this mega milestone!

Looking for some fun ideas and events to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with your family this summer? Here is a comprehensive list of resources and local events that I compiled for the Mabelhood!

Canada 150 – Events and Resources:

·    Canada’s history is a complex, varied and magical web that Canadians have been weaving for the past 150 years. The CBC’s Canada: The Story of Us is an epic adventure history series that tells the extraordinary tale of the diverse people, places and events that has shaped Canada so far
·    Here’s my Canada has a super cool timeline you can download for free, highlighting 50 events that have helped shape our country since Confederation. Perfect for kids and in the classroom! Download it here
·    Looking for some kid-related fun about Canada? Check out A Kids’ Guide to Canada, with lots of links to activities and stories about Canada’s 150 birthday
·    Passport 2017 has all the latest news and events leading up to Canada’s 150th birthday. It has everything you need in one place and loads of links to fun events
·    Participaction has the ultimate “play list” to get you moving this summer, including  150 activities that define our land and people – from sledge hockey to lacrosse to snow shovelling and more. So get out there, try as many as you can, track your activities online and earn chances to win great prizes!
·    Are you a teacher or educator? Experiences Canada has a website dedicated to lessons plans and resources about Canada’s 150th birthday here
·    The Toronto Star published an article about 150 ways to celebrate Canada and claims they have events “from fireworks to frozen treats”.
·    Parks Canada is celebrating with fun events and free park passes! Check out their mascot, Parka, for some fun activities for kids too!
·    Heading to Toronto this weekend? The City of Toronto’s website has a great list of all of the local Canada 150 events here
·    The City of Burlington has big plans for Canada’s 150th birthday! See a complete list of events and details here
·    The Burlington Public Library has put together a Canadian author’s collection just in time for the big day. Why not start your summer reading list early, eh?
·    Mississauga is celebrating in style this Canada Day! Check out details for events in this great community here
·    Hail from the Hammer? The City of Hamilton has loads of fun events planned for the city. Check out a listing of all the events and further details here
·    The beautiful city of Oakville has a host of events planned for residents to commemorate this special day. Check out more details here
·    Heading to our fabulous capital this summer? Ottawa has been hosting and planning events all year in the lead up to the big day on July 1st. For more information, check out their guide to events here

Canadiana Fun Facts

Want to find out some quirky and little known facts about our beloved country? Here is my round-up of Canadian fun facts. Share with your family for a little giggle! Thanks to Today’s Parent and LifeBuzz for the great details.

1.    Did you know that the word 'Eh' is a strictly Canadian creation? And it is not placed just anywhere in a sentence. You will find it only at the end used as a confirmation, agreement or question.
2.    The Stanley Cup has its own bodyguard, but that doesn’t mean Canadian hockey champions haven’t put all kinds of different foods and drinks in it (everything from chocolate milk to popcorn and cereal in fact). And psssst, I know where he lives ;)
3.    Canada’s name actually comes from a misunderstanding between Jacques Cartier and some Iroquois youth who were pointing out a village (for which they used the word “Kanata”). They were actually trying to identify the small area which is present day Quebec City, but Cartier used the similar-sounding word “Canada” to refer to the whole area. Oops!
4.    The Narcisse Snake Dens in Manitoba have more snakes in a concentrated area than anywhere else in the world. Tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes gather there every year. On the other hand, there are no snakes on the island of Newfoundland. So if you have a snake-phobia, Newfoundland is where to go!
5.    Canada’s official languages may be French and English, but our geese have their own language. Some scientists believe that Canada geese have as many as 13 different calls for everything from greetings and warnings to happiness. Multilingual creatures indeed!canada-goose-family
6.    If you ever visit Dawson City, Yukon, you can join the “Sourtoe Cocktail Club”. All you have to do is finish a drink (of anything!) with a real human toe in the bottom, literally. The club’s motto says, “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow — but the lips have got to touch the toe.” Um, no thanks!
7.    In 1962, Pincher Creek, Alberta experienced the fastest, biggest temperature change ever recorded in Canada as a result of a Chinook (a warm, dry wind that comes off the Rocky Mountains). The temperature rose from -19C to 22C in just one hour! From snow pants to shorts in sixty minutes!
8.    Forget the Loch Ness Monster: Canada has its own mysterious lake creature, Ogopogo, who reportedly lives in Lake Okanagan, British Columbia. Head to BC and try to snap an image of the mysterious beast!
Be sure to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and show your red and white pride this coming Canada Day 201

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