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Happy Canada Day! We asked The Historica-Dominion Institute staff to share what Canada Day means to them – here’s what we heard: Dominique: Canada Day for me is feeling the warm sun on the moss-covered crags of the Canadian shield after a long winter. The smell of gasoline as Dad filled up the car to […]

Just in time for Canada Day, The Historica-Dominion Institute’s President Anthony Wilson-Smith shares his memories of being a Canadian overseas: In 1988 I had just moved to what was still then the USSR for the start of a three year journalism posting in Moscow.  When the time arrived for my first visit to the Kremlin, […]

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Photo: Governor General’s Foot Guards Receives Colours from Governor General, ca. 1943-1965
© Government of Canada. Reproduced with the permission of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada (2013).
Source: Library and Archives Canada/Department of National Defence fonds/e010783023

Just in time for Canada Day, our own Richard Foot shares his memories of Canada Day as a member of the Governor General’s Foot Guards: Most of us have at least one special Canada Day memory: a July 1st weekend at a lakeside cottage when the weather was just perfect, or a night of fireworks […]

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Music
Things//Choses

“Throwing back his head he played for us, for the first time, the masterpiece of his genius – it was Calixa Lavallée; he played O Canada.”

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the naming of Canada
Canada's Name Efisga

Illustration by Laura Bonikowsky

Naming a country is no small task. The name should evoke feelings of pride and strength and reflect the character of the land and its people. The explorer Jacques Cartier generally gets the credit for naming Canada; he documented the name in his journal, describing the “Kingdom of Canada” and noting that the entrance to the St. Lawrence River “is the way to and the beginning of…the route to Canada.” However, the story of the country’s naming is not his alone.

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Fathers of Confederation, 50th Anniversary Stamp of Confederation 1917

There were celebrations on July 1, 1867 for the new “Dominion of Canada,” but neither the date, name nor designation were sure things a few months before.

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In the News

A recent nationwide survey found that most Canadians believe that “learning more about the history of Canada” is the best way to strengthen attachment to their country. So, this Canada Day, The Canadian Encyclopedia and the Historica-Dominion Institute challenge you to test your knowledge of Canadian history with a Canada Day quiz. The usual suspects […]