Canada certainly has come a long way since the union of the Confederation that occurred on July 1, 1867. To help celebrate Canada's birthday, here are a few fun facts that you may not know about this country.
1. Up until 1982, Canada Day was called Dominion Day. The change in the name was inspired by the Canada Act.
2. “O Canada” officially became the national anthem in our country in 1980.
3. In 1967, colour televisions first made their way into Canada.
4. The first Canada Day official celebrations started in 1958.
5. In Québec, many leases expire on July 1 following a tradition that has been passed on for decades. Last year, approximately 80,000 residents of this province weren't able to take in some or all of the festivities because they were too busy moving.
6. It has become more difficult to become a citizen in Canada due to a harder citizenship test and a higher mark required to pass. Prior to 2010 when the changes were made, the failure rate was between 4% and 8%. After 2010, the failure rate jumped to 30%.
7. According to a recent survey, 86% of the residents in this country believe that Canada is the best country to live in.
8. Some great inventions that come from Canada include zippers and insulin. If you love chocolate and chips, it is hard if not impossible to find Coffee Crisp chocolate bars and ketchup potato chips south of the border.
9. Just a few of the many famous Canadians include Wayne Gretzky, Jim Carey, Michael J. Fox, and Avril Lavigne.
Happy Canada Day 2014 Calgary!