What’s the idea?
Celebrate Canada Day like the Canadians do on 1st July – their national holiday.
What’s the story?
It’s Canada Day on 1st July where the country celebrates its 153rd birthday.
The nation was officially founded on 1 July 1867 when it gained its independence from Britain.
The Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Quebec and Ontario.
So this is the day Canadians across the world celebrate Canada Day!
When I think of Canada I think of friendly people, real maple syrup, ice hockey and nature.
Did you know that the beaver is the national animal of Canada?
Canada was the first overseas country I went on holiday to and it was the first time I saw snow.
The people were hospitable, warm and kind and I’ve always wanted to go back.
People should do this because…?
It’s important to learn about different cultures from around the world.
Each country has its own unique characteristics and traditions. It is especially fun to learn about a country by celebrating its historical moments.
Canada is no exception. It has a fascinating history and a strong cultural heritage. You’ll be hard-pressed to come by a more patriotic nation.
Usually, there are parades, festivals and fireworks displays all around the world to celebrate Canada Day.
However, things are a little different this year with the current coronavirus pandemic.
Instead, the celebrations will be held virtually and at home and there are many ways we can join in.
How do you do it?
Firstly, you can decorate the house in anything Canadian-themed.
Think red and white! String some bunting and learn to draw your very own Canadian flag.
Don’t forget to put some Canadian music on in the background. Spotify has a great Canada Day celebrations playlist.
Wear your most patriotic outfit. Dress head to toe in red and white or paint a maple leaf on your cheek.
You could even paint your finger and toenails with alternating red and white nail polish.
Once the house is sufficiently decorated and you look the part, why not fire up the barbecue?
This is something many Canadians will be doing all around the world.
When it comes to traditional Canadian fare try either grilled chicken or salmon, corn on the cob, burgers with smoky Canadian cheddar, grilled peaches and Portobello mushrooms.
If the weather is not barbecue-friendly opt for Canada’s national dish, poutine.
It is a French-Canadian meal featuring three key ingredients: French fries, cheese curds and gravy. It’s delicious!
End off with a strawberry shortcake or rhubarb pie.
Then you can work off the Canadian feast with a treasure hunt in the garden or around the house.
Use Canadian clues to find the hidden prize, which could be some Canadian chocolate or delicious maple syrup.
One of the best and most fun ways to learn about a country is through a trivia online quiz.
Although most people associate hockey with Canada, did you know that basketball was invented by a Canadian?
Spend some time researching interesting facts online to come up with some challenging trivia questions.
Despite so many planned parades and festivals cancelled this year, you can still have some Canada Day fun from home.
Fanshawe Pioneer Village, London Children’s Museum and Museum London are organising live music and historic demonstrations online, including a creative science experiment to make ‘fireworks’ at home.
Plus enter the home edition contest for a chance to win great prizes. Click here to join in the celebration.
If you enjoyed learning about Canada Day, join us for the 4th of July celebrations for US Independence Day too.
Stuff you may need
- Red and white decorations
- Face paint
- Your imagination
- Download fun Canada Day celebration packs and activity kits here, put together by the Government of Canada – covering art and culture, history and traditions, outdoor and culinary activities
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