Hey Canada! You’re 150 Years Old and You Look Great

The Biggest Birthday Bash in Canadian History

On the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Canadians from coast to coast to coast will unite in celebration of our great nation. It’s an opportunity to recognize our achievements, which were born in the bold and hopeful vision and shared values of all those who came before us.

We’ve come a long way since 1867, and today Canadians are a well-loved and important part of the global community. Throughout the decades, we have seen immeasurable growth and positive change. We have carved out a reputation and a unique Canadian cultural mosaic, connecting with the world thanks to modern technology.

Now, more than ever before, it is time to consider what it truly means to be Canadian. What exactly does it mean to you? As a nation, Canadians are known on the world stage as people who value friendship, democracy, compassion, tolerance and peace. Canadians are well-known for our values, and also for our innovation.

We all know about the telephone, basketball and the CanadArm, but here are a few other Canadian innovations you may not know about:

Trivial Pursuit
It all began in 1979 when two journalists from Montreal were playing a game of Scrabble. In the course of their conversation, they got creative, and 45 minutes later, they had invented a board game that would make millions. Trivial Pursuit began flying off the shelves of retailers across Canada.

Five Pin Bowling
Five pin bowling was invented in 1908 or 1909 by Canadian, Thomas F. Ryan, who owned 10-pin bowling lanes in Toronto. When he noticed that 10-pin was too difficult for some, his father shaved a regulation pin on a lathe. He placed five of the pins on the 10-pin floor and used a smaller ball. He also created a scoring system, allowing three balls per turn.

Poutine was born in Warwick, Quebec in 1957, when a customer walked into Le Café Idéal and asked the café owner, Fernand Lachance, to throw cheese curds in with his fries. It is said that Lachance used the Quebec slang term “poutine” to describe the mess, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Photo source: Vancouver is Awesome

And no, we don’t mean coffee! James Gosling is known as the father of Java, which is a programming language that revolutionized computing in the modern world. A former Calgarian and a former student at the University of Calgary, Gosling is credited for his computing genius, creating the original design of Java, one of the most popular programming languages for web applications and platforms.

Yay, Canada – The greatest nation in the world.

It’s Canada’s 150th birthday. And that’s a lot of candles!

For more information about events and celebrations in your community, visit Canada.ca.

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