A bit of history for those who are interested……On July 1, 1867, the British North Americas Act created the Dominion of Canada as a federation of four provinces, known as the confederation of Canada. The four original provinces were created from the former British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada, which was divided into the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. In 1868, the Governor General proclaimed that Canadians should celebrate the anniversary of confederation, but it took almost 10 years before July 1 became a statutory holiday, known as Dominion Day, in 1879. After the centenary of confederation in 1967, Dominion Day events became more widespread and July 1 became popularly known as Canada Day (the holiday was officially named Canada Day in 1983). We decided to spend the long weekend in Squamish attending a few different organized events (Canada Day celebrations downtown Squamish, Squamish Motorcycle festival) and a few “routine” events (Saturday farmers market, walking the dog at Nexen and mountain biking up to Dead-end loop and Fawn Lake). Conditions were almost perfect – sunny but not hot. There are lots of wildflowers out this time of year and the farmers market is full of locally grown produce. Compared to much of the world, we are extremely lucky to call Canada home – a largely peaceful and tolerant country – something worth remembering more than once a year. A few shots of the weekend can be seen by clicking this link or the photo to the left.