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In 1867 the “Province of Canada” previously referred to as Upper and Lower Canada was united with the British colonies New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.  Thus the Dominion of Canada was declared a nation on July 1st that same year.  Over the next one hundred plus years seven additional provinces and three territories entered Confederation, until eventually Canada expanded to become the second largest country in the world.

More than 40 tall ships from around the globe sailed to Canada to honour Canada’s 150th birthday this summer.  Julie and I arranged to be in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on July 1st and toured several ships anchored in harbour.  Images of the ship’s bell and gilt inlaid lettering belong to “Europa” from the Netherlands.  We were a bit disappointed that we couldn’t see the sails up since the ships were already in port when we arrived.

However, heading home a week later were indeed fortunate to see a regatta in the harbor at Bath, Ontario.  Ships in full sail displayed their pomp and circumstance to admiring crowds lining the shore.

Happy Birthday Canada, a wonderful celebration!

2017 platform in Charlottetown Harbour for Canada's 150th birthday copyCharlottetown PEI Harbour

Rich gold lettering on woodgrain on the ship Europa copy

Bell of ship Europa, from Amsterdam copy

Tall ships regatta, Bath OntarioCanadian ship in Bath, Ontario copy.jpg