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Happy Canada Day! As you will all probably know by now, I love Canada. Since 2010, I’ve never ceased to be entranced and awed by its wonderful landscapes, locations, people, culture and customs, born out of the commencement of my prime ongoing series Canadian Boys, which still lives to this day and which will most likely continue for the rest of my creative lifetime.

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Why is Canada Day celebrated every July the 1st? It is the date on which, in 1867, Canada officially became a Dominion including the founding provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Prior to that, Canada had once been two provinces itself (in the form of Upper Canada, which corresponds to Ontario, and Lower Canada, which corresponds to Quebec!) The idea to make Canada its own country had been thought up in 1864 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, although PEI didn’t become part of the Confederation until 1873. Upon its ‘birth’ in 1867, Canada slowly allowed other lands belonging to it to become provinces with the founding four, making the country it is today:

  • 1867 – Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick & Nova Scotia
  • 1870 – Manitoba & Northwest Territories (NWT)
  • 1871 – British Columbia (BC)
  • 1873 – Prince Edward Island (PEI)
  • 1898 – Yukon Territory
  • 1905 – Alberta & Saskatchewan
  • 1949 – Newfoundland & Labrador
  • 1999 – Nunavut (newest member of Confederation to date)
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Declaration of the Creation of the Dominion of Canada on July 1st 1867

Originally called Dominion Day until its name was changed to Canada Day with Canada’s independence in 1982, this date is celebrated by Canadians everywhere every year to mark the birthday of their country and show off their pride and patriotism to be Canadian.

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Canadian provincial & territorial flags flying
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Celebrating Canada Day

So what better way to celebrate Canada’s big day than with a bonanza of all my Canadian-themed artworks? It’s the one day I look forward to each year, and today is no exception, so here comes my never-ending love of Canada shown off via my creative talents!

Happy 149th birthday to Canada.

Oh Canada!

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