The Canada Day Challenge theme is CANADA: STRONG AND FREE.
This is your chance to explore Canada's history, culture, and identity and to discover what makes this country a truly special place. Exercise your artistic spirit and express your pride in Canada by highlighting the theme in your entry. And remember, the goal is to get creative, so have fun and let our great country inspire you!
Did you know in 2014, Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences?
These two conferences laid the foundations for Confederation in 1867 and what would eventually become Canada.
The Charlottetown Conference, September 1864
The politicians from the Province of Canada convinced the politicians from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island to consider a larger union. They agreed to meet again a month later in Quebec City.
The Quebec Conference, October 1864
Politicians met in Quebec to work out how the new country would be structured and governed. The decisions they came to were called the Quebec Resolutions. These became the basis for the BNA Act, Canada’s first constitution.
A Celebration of Canadian History
Did you know there are 167 Parks Canada National Historic Sites in Canada?
Each national historic site is a distinct and vibrant symbol of Canadian identity. It is also a centre of learning, a wealth of information, a living history adventure, an experience of what Canada used to be and what it is today.
Province House National Historic Site in Charlottetown, where the Conference was held in 1864, is the gateway to the sand dunes, beaches, sandstone cliffs of Prince Edward Island National Park, and the world famous Green Gables Heritage Place.
High on the cliffs over the St. Lawrence, in the heart of Old Town Quebec (a World Heritage Site!), Montmorency Park National Historic Site marks where the Quebec Resolutions were conceived. It is surrounded by the Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site and is moments from the entrance to the fascinating subterranean world of the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site.
To learn more, please visit the National Historic Sites of Canada
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