The Birth of Canada

The Birth of Canada

I will admit to not being highly knowledgeable in regards to the history of our northern neighbor. When I was young, I grew up in Canadian County, Oklahoma, a mere three or four miles from the Canadian River. Imagine my shock when I learned that Canada was not, in fact, one of the United States!

Older and wiser (and a day late), I want to acknowledge the birth of Canada being celebrated. Canada was confederated on July 1, 1867. In truth, Canada was born well before, but this is the day on which the colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick became the Dominion of Canada.

My family had the distinct pleasure of visiting Canada while they celebrated the 150th Anniversary of Confederation. On Prince Edward Island, we took a walk through Charlottetown. There, across the street from a beautiful, large church, we meet two fine gentleman in deep, thoughtful conversation about the future.

A Tale of Two Grays

John Hamilton Gray is a former premier of Prince Edward Island. Then you have John Hamilton Gray, the politician from New Brunswick. Over barrels and crates, the two men, not related, consider how to make Confederation happen in 1864. Here, in storied Charlottetown, you can still witness a snippet of the birth of Canada. And it is magnificent.

American Revolution Trivia

In not-too-distant Halifax, I discovered an amazing piece of history. It seems that, in 1776, parts of “British North America” were sympathetic to the rebellion. Nova Scotia considered joining the fray for independence.

Apparently, in March of 1776, there was a bit of bad timing that contributed to the failure of this effort. While the United States lost a chance at a 14th Colony, we still ended up with some amazing neighbors to our north.

A belated Happy Canada Day to you all!


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