A Year of Canadian History

This year, 2017, marks the 150th anniversary of Canada as a country.  My project this year will be to share with you a monthly blog post about Canada, past and present.  This idea is still pretty loose in my mind and I’m sure it will consolidate more as the year goes by; however, I wanted to share some of our county’s history. What was going on in Canada at the time of Confederation in 1867? What was it like to live here? Can I find any records of Canadian publications relating to knitting or fibre? I hope to answer these questions and many more in monthly posts throughout the year.

To begin, I think it is useful to consider what Canada looked like in 1867. It was very different from today and although one might think of living in the Arctic, the Prairies or the Rockies when thinking about life in Canada, the first provinces and colonies included only a small portion of our current area. The first to join Canada were:

  1. The Province of Canada (Upper and Lower Canada)
  2. Colony of New Brunswick
  3. Colony of Nova Scotia

As you can see below, the geography of Canada changed significantly between 1867 and 1927, when it was close to our current layout with the exception of Newfoundland and Labrador:

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Source:  Library and Archives Canada, Canada Post Corporation

The country continued to grow with the other province and territories joining Confederation and changing shape over time (Reference: Government of Canada):

  • Manitoba 1870
  • Northwest Territories 1870
  • British Columbia 1871
  • Prince Edward Island 187
  • Yukon 1898
  • Saskatchewan 1905
  • Alberta 1905
  • Newfoundland 1949

In 1999, the Northwest Territories were split into Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.

To put it all into perspective, I found this fun video that shows how geography of country changed from 1867 to present day:

I am looking forward greatly to this little project and I am excited to see where it leads!

Do you know anyone who might enjoy following along on my 150th-anniversary Canadian adventure?  Please share and forward!