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Canada Day

July 1

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Canada Day


Canada Day is celebrated on the 1st of July every year. Some parts of what is now Canada were controlled by the British. In 1867 a dominion was formed; a dominion was a state that was part of the British Empire and governed itself.

The 1st of July was celebrated as Dominion Day until 1982 when the Canada Act was passed, and the country became fully independent. The name of the day was changed to Canada Day.

Canada is the second largest country in the world, and is covered by six time zones. It also has the longest coastline of any country, with coasts on the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Oceans. The entire coastline is over 202,000 km (125,000 miles) long!

85% of the population of Canada live within 350 km (200 miles) of the USA border.

This video gives a good overview of the country.

Teaching Ideas and Resources

  • Find Canada in an atlas or on Google maps. Plot a route to get there; what kind of transport would you use?
  • The maple leaf is a national symbol of Canada. Research maple trees and write a short report about them.
  • Make a fact file about Canada. This page is a good place to start your research.


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