This July 1st marks Canada’s sesquicentennial (try to say that 10 times fast!) or as it’s more popularly known Canada150. On July 1st, 1867 four provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia & New Brunswick) united creating the Canadian Confederation. Canada today is comprised of 10 provinces and 3 territories. The remaining provinces and territories joined confederation in the years following. 

New Brunswick (1867) - one of the four founding members of the Dominion of Canada*

Nova Scotia (1867) - one of the four founding members of the Dominion of Canada*

Ontario (1867) - one of the four founding members of the Dominion of Canada*

Quebec (1867) - one of the four founding members of the Dominion of Canada*

Northwest Territories (1870) - joined after Canada acquired Rupert’s Land and the North-Western Territory from Hudson’s Bay Company*

Manitoba (1870) - joined following a series of events including a massive land transfer, a rebellion and an execution*

British Columbia (1871) - joined after an increase in settlers as a result of a gold rush and with the condition for the construction of the Canada Pacific Railway*

Prince Edward Island (1873) - interestingly enough Prince Edward Island did not join the nation as a founding member even though it was host to it’s negotiations. Rather the province joined when mounting debt forced them to do so.*

Yukon (1898) - was split from the Northwest Territories as a result of a gold rush boom*

Alberta (1905) - was split and created in part by a section of the Northwest Territories & Rupert’s Land. The boundary changes were meant to allow better control over the smaller region’s affairs*

Saskatchewan (1905) - was split and created in part by a  section of the Northwest Territories & Rupert’s Land. The boundary changes were meant to allow better control over the smaller region’s affairs*

Newfoundland (1949) - After several years of debate over joining Canada or remaining independent, a referendum vote resulted in 52.3% in favour of joining. Later, in 2001, the province’s name was officially changed to Newfoundland and Labrador*

Nunavut (1999) - Nunavut was separated from the Northwest Territories in order to give the Intuit people who live in the territory more control over their regional area*

* Source: http://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/confederation/ 

A Glimpse of What’s Happening in Barrie for Canada Day

Wednesday June 28: Illuminate Barrie Kick-off Air Show with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds! They will be doing an aerobatic show over Kempenfelt Bay. There will also be pre-show activities at Heritage Park including a kiddie commando course and the Promenade Days midway!

Friday June 30 - Sunday July 2: Head to downtown Barrie for Promenade Days & Canada Day! The tradition started in 1974 and today continues to be an attraction for both locals and tourists. Enjoy live entertainment, a midway, street performers, food and much more!