Canada marked its 150 th birthday on July 1, 2017 with a country-wide celebration. All across the country communities held special events to mark the special day in Canadian history. Called a Sesquicentennial because it marks a century and a half, Canada’s Sesquicentennial celebrated the anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, when 4 provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) were united into one country called the Dominion of Canada. Today Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories and is home to around 36 million people from all over the world.
Did you know that the official Canada 150 logo was designed by a 19-year- old university student? The logo consists of 13 diamonds forming a maple leaf. Each of the diamonds represents a province or a territory: 4 diamonds at the base symbolize the original provinces that formed confederation and the rest represent the provinces and territories that joined later.