Canada is turning 150 years old on July 1st. For many Canadians, Canada Day is a time to dust off the barbecue, light up the fireworks and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends – and as much as we appreciate all of these traditions, Canada Day is also an important time of year to remember all of the reasons we have to be thankful for this country we call home.

So what exactly are we celebrating on Canada Day? Well, July 1st is a federal statutory holiday that celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, which is the date of the enactment of the Constitution Act.

Canada is big –we mean MASSIVE. Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories and the largest city in Canada is found right here in Ontario – Hamilton’s neighbor to the east, Toronto. Every year people from all over the world travel to the GTHA to experience so much of what Ontario has to offer. How lucky are we to have all of these world-famous tourist attractions in our very own backyard?!

Canada is home to over 35 million people, and thankfully we have a land mass of 9,970,610 square kilometers so we’ve always got lots of space to move around. You can really breathe out here!

Of those 35 million people, we’ve got a long list of famous Canadian athletes, musicians and movie stars including hockey “Great” Wayne Gretzky, singing legend Celine Dion and actors like the dreamy Ryan Gosling and funny-man Jim Carey. We also have an abundance of notable Canadian inventors to thank for so many of our modern day conveniences, like Alexander Graham Bell, inventor, engineer, and innovator who is introduce the first telephone in 1876. Medicinal insulin was invented by Frederick Banting, Charles Best and James Collip in 1922. The paint roller, the snow blower and the walkie-talkie were all also invented by Canadians!

Twenty percent of the world’s fresh water is in Canada, and we have more lakes than any other country. Water literally gives us life, and we could not be more thankful to be surrounded by so much glorious water! We’ve got mountains, prairies, trees and fields, roaring waterfalls and National Parks. We have so much natural beauty surrounding us but what we love the most is all of the people who call Canada home. It is all of you who give Canada the worldwide reputation of a being a welcoming, diverse and oh-so-friendly country, eh!

We hope you all enjoy your Canada Day long weekend, and that it is time well spent with family and friends. Between burgers and fireworks, don’t forget to take a moment to reflect and appreciate this wonderful country we call home!

Be sure to check out this week’s Liuna Gardens blog as we share our list of interesting facts and reasons why are so happy to call this spectacular country “home”.

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