Happy Canada Day Published on June 30, 2016 The first of July marks Canada’s 149th birthday! To commemorate the day we’ve provided a couple of fun facts about the nation’s holiday. Canada Day was originally known as Dominion Day because at the time Canada was officially known as the Dominion of Canada.The Dominion of Canada, now Canada, was a collection of four colonies: New Brunswick, Lower Canada (now Quebec), Nova Scotia, and Upper Canada (now Ontario).Contrary to America’s process of freedom from Great Britain, the Canadian colonies requested independence from Queen Victoria and she approved.The British North American Act, which declared the independence of the Dominion of Canada, functioned as the nation’s constitution until the 1980s.“O Canada” wouldn’t become Canada’s national anthem until a century after it was first sung. See the full lyrics blow. O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free! From far and wide, O Canada, We stand on guard for thee. God keep our land glorious and free! O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. Happy Canada Day to all our friends and family!