Celebrating Canada150 in Barrie
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*
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!