This video presents “Canada Day in the Capital 2013 – Chris Hadfield – Fête du Canada dans la capitale 2013”:
CAA South Central Ontario offers the following fun facts about Canada, the Great White North:
- Hockey and lacrosse are both Canada’s national sports.
- John Cabot was the first explorer to reach Canada in 1497.
- Canadians consume more macaroni and cheese than any other nation on Earth.
- Ontario’s groundhog (named Wiarton Willie) is an albino groundhog from Wiarton, Ontario.
- There hasn’t been mail delivery on Saturday in Canada for the past 35 years.
- The Stanley Cup has its own bodyguard.
- The word “Canada” comes from a misunderstanding between Jacques Cartier and some Iroquois youth. The youth were pointing out a small area (for which they used the word “Kanata”), but Cartier took that to mean the entire area.
- There are no snakes on the island of Newfoundland.
- Canada only received an official national flag almost 100 years after it became a country.
- It was illegal to sell pop cans in Prince Edward Island between 1984 and 2008.
Here are exciting celebratory events in Ontario, Canada:
- Most of these events are FREE
The Capital’s Annual Canada Day Celebrations: July 1, 2013
Canada Day Hotline
613-239-5000 | 1-800-465-1867
Open Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm
July 1st from 8:30 am to 10 pm
- Canada Day is the celebration of Canada’s birthday.
- It marks the anniversary of July 1, 1867, when four British North American provinces joined to create a new federation called Canada.
- The Capital’s annual Canada Day celebrations are based at three main sites in Ottawa and Gatineau.
Parliament Hill (Ottawa), which hosts ceremonial events, the Canada Noon Show, and the Canada Day Evening Show.
The celebrations reach a grand finale with fireworks that can be seen over the Parliament Buildings.
Major’s Hill Park (Ottawa), where we celebrate Canadian culture.
Jacques-Cartier Park (Gatineau), the perfect spot for young families.
- There are also special activities at other locations in the Capital, including:
FREE jazz concerts at Confederation Park, as part of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival.
FREE admission to the Capital’s many national museums and attractions.
Canada’s Biggest Barbecue Event on the Plaza Bridge.
FREE parking at National Capital Commission (NCC) beaches and parks.
- And if you can’t make it to Ottawa for Canada Day, you can still be part of the celebration by: