The biggest national birthday celebrations the world has ever seen will be held in Canada in 1967. The events will mark Canada’s first 100 years of confederation. Confederation, to Canadians, means the joining together, in 1867, of a small group of provinces and colonies to found one independent country. And, although Canada’s history reaches much farther back than that – Newfoundland in the 15th Century, and even earlier Viking explorations, Nova Scotia and Quebec in the early 17th Century – it’s to 1867 that Canadians look for their beginnings as a modern Parliamentary state.
Canada’s Centennial celebrations, to which visitors are warmly invited, will begin at the stroke of New Year’s with the pealing of bells and the lighting of “fires of friendship” across the country. Sound and light will spread from the Atlantic island province of Newfoundland, across more than 5,000 miles – Canada, in area, is second in the world only to the Soviet Union – to the Pacific and the Yukon, seven times zones further west. They’ll echo Canada’s motto – “from sea unto sea” in a country that grew from untouched wilderness into one of the world’s leading trading nations.
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