Yesterday was Canada Day
And it was lovely. My husband actually had to work, so the kids and I celebrated most of it by ourselves. Which is cool. The only problem is most of the festivities are downtown, and I have the most annoying vehicle to park in tight places. Even Hubby J, who can parallel park a super B, struggles with this van sometimes. But usually I rely on him and his mad skills to get us through and around all those busy precarious downtown situations we tend find ourselves in on Canada Day. However, this time I was forced to pull up my big girl pants and just do it by myself. And get this, I even parallel parked and got it on the first try. Go me!
I’ve haven’t thought about it much in the past, but everything we did was free. First we devoured a pancake breakfast, and sat through a parade complete with water guns and (way too much) tossed candy. Then Hubs joined us for church (as per our Saturday usual) and of course fireworks. An epic display of fireworks, I might add. There was actually a lot more going on in our area, especially when it came to kids activities, but I just knew it was going to be one of those things where we’d have to pace ourselves or we would all be tantruming by the end of the day. The youngest and I may have even sneaked in a nap. Our family absolutely loves celebrating this bountiful country! The only thing missing was a bag of cotton candy.
Thinking about Canada’s 150th
For some reason, I barely survived history lessons in school. Now that I’m older I’m borderline obsessed with historical events. Especially Canada’s. So naturally I spent a couple hours on Wikipedia, refreshing my memory and learning things I didn’t know about Canada. To commemorate Canada’s 150th, why don’t I share a few striking facts?
- First of all: July 1, 1867 marked Canada’s confederation.
- Canada has the worlds largest coastline (243,042km) which includes three different oceans: Arctic to the north, Atlantic to the east, and Pacific to the west.
- 42% of Canada’s land is covered by forests (of which less than 1% is affected by logging each year), accounting for 10% of the worlds forested land.
- Canada holds more lakes than any other country, containing much of the world’s fresh water.
- Only about 1.54% of the worlds CO2 emissions come from Canada.
- We’ve never lost a war.
- Approximately 625,000 Canadians served in WW1, some 60,000 were killed, another 172,000 wounded. In WW2 over a million Canadians served in the armed forces, while approximately 42,000 were killed and 55,000 wounded.
- We enjoy freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and multiculturalism.
- Canada is one of top 10 most peaceful countries in the world, out of 196.
What a loaded piece of perspective! I am just falling in love with my country all over again. Canada, I’m sorry I take you for granted sometimes. I’m terribly grateful for you and I promise to enjoy more of your beauty every day.
So here’s the deal. We’re not perfect, but we are awesome.