Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday – 12:00 pm

Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday – 12:00 pm


We are loving sharing some of what makes Canada special with you in celebration of #canada150! Let's take a walk back in history…


Nominated as one of the “Seven Wonders of Canada” [specifically the one that welcomes people to Rankin Inlet], the inukshuk (pronounced “inook-shook” adorns the flag of Nunavut, one of three Canadian Territories. Built of rocks in the likeness of man, one of the most recognized symbols of our Indigenous People, the inukshuk communicates direction, messages, and weather to arctic travellers. How incredible is it that in on of the harshest climates on Earth, people stopped to build inuksuit (plural) to help others on their path? Inuksuit have been found adjacent to archaeological sites dating from 2400 to 1800 BCE in the Mingo Lake region of southwest Baffin Island. To learn more about these incredible and iconic structures, please visit the Canadian Encyclopedia here

Totem pole

With as many as 65 languages spoken by Indigenous People, the totem pole needs no words to tell its story. Carved into a large tree and painted by hand, each relays messages of family lines, important events, or legends. They are grand! Totem poles have become one of the key symbols for the Northwest Native people. Take a drive through Stanley Park in Vancouver and you'll see some beautiful totem poles that tell so many stories! Thank you to all our Indigenous People for sharing Turtle Island with us!

Let's get to some giveaways! This hour, along with the loonie and a toonie, we would love to offer this great book "The World Needs More Canada!" I received a copy of this book at a taping of CityLine's Canada 150 show (thank you @thetracymoore!) last week and it's an amazing tribute to Canada.

Canada book


 "The World Needs More Canada® is Indigo’s big, love-filled ‘birthday card’ to Canada from the great culture makers of our time. This one-of-a-kind coffee-table book features anecdotes, insights, and candid photography from an eclectic mix of over 100 storytellers and visionaries who have made their mark on the True North, from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Drake, Margaret Atwood to Malcolm Gladwell.

Celebrate Canada with this exclusive collection of heartwarming, hilarious, and inspiring personal stories, photos, wishes, laughs, and dreams by Canadians for Canadians on the 150th anniversary of Confederation. This beautifully designed coffee-table book gives readers an intimate and exclusive look into the lives of over 100 notable Canadians, and features nearly 100 gorgeous full-colour and black-and-white images." 

For an opportunity to win this hour's prizes be sure to leave a comment below by July 7th and we will randomly select one lucky winner this hour to win them! After leaving your comment here we hope you'll take a moment to visit us on Facebook and Instagram (@sctmagazine) and leave a comment there as well for THREE chances to win! We'll be compiling all the comments each hour.

Next hour, it's all about sparkle and shine! 


 Fun Fact: Every Christmas, 1 million letters are addressed to Santa Claus at his own postal code: "H0H 0H0, North Pole, Canada."

2017-07-01T12:00:00-04:00July 1st, 2017|Canada150|


  1. debra July 1, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    oooooh! Looks like a great book!

  2. lisa808 July 1, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing those two gorgeous pictures.

  3. Dee Hamoen July 1, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Wow! What a wonderful commentary on Canada! It is a book I would be proud to own. Thanks for all the facts about Canada!

  4. Lynn Gauthier July 1, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    The Inukshuk are beautiful. Such awesome heritage. To see one in real life is even more beautiful!!!
    Happy Birthday Canada!!!

  5. Miriam Prantner July 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    That looks like a great book!

  6. Ana July 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Love totems! Hope to see some on my visit today!

  7. Karen Carvell July 1, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    I have been lucky enough to visit Rankin Inlet….so beautiful! Thanks for the amazing pictures and chance to win this book!

  8. BevB July 1, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    WOW this book is what we all need to learn even more about our beautiful country….Canada. I once tried to build an inuksuit and believe me it is not as easy as it looks. It was very hard to make it stay together.

  9. Jennifer Reynard July 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Oh my… I didn’t even know this book existed! I think every Canadian would love to own this and be proud to read and display it in their home. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  10. Sue LD July 1, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Very interesting!

  11. Nadine July 1, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Fabulous! I love this sharing of our Canadian culture and history with your readers!! Thank-You for taking the time to do this SCT! You rock!

  12. CatherineC July 1, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    That is an interesting book TFS

  13. Barb macaskill July 1, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I love learning about different countries, cultures and history and would be honored to win this book! I may not be able to do a lot of traveling due to my health but I have been to many different places through my love of reading! TFS!

  14. saxonr July 1, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    looks like a great book!!

  15. Debra McNeill July 1, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    What a fantastic blog about Canada. I hope the Canadian Tourism Board has a chance to see it! Thanks to everyone at SCT for all the work involved in this endeavour. Happy 150 to all.

  16. Debbie July 1, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Perhaps I should start on my Santa letter, Christmas in July!

  17. Roz Kelly July 1, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    The world does need more Canada – just the best place in the world to live! Thanks for the chance to win the book and the loonie & toonie!!

  18. missgailly July 1, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Cool! I would love to have this book. Thanks for the chance.

  19. auntie em July 1, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Happy Canada Day!
    Our granddaughters love building inukshuks. There is even one put up by someone on our drive into one of the local cities here in NB. But the totem poles are definitely a west coast site. Someday, maybe, I will see one IRL. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  20. Janet MacKay July 1, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for a chance to win the book! You guys are awesome.

  21. Elizabeth July 1, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Indigenous peoples and their traditions add so much to the greatness that is Canada. Thanks SCT!

  22. Diana Martinez July 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    It is so exciting to learn how people of Canada live and the array of interesting cultures that cohabit in peace working together.
    Happy 150!

  23. Brigitte July 1, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I love inukshuk and left one on the shore of a beach in New Zealand last year. This book would be a wonderful way to remember this year.

  24. Kelly Malacko July 1, 2017 at 1:44 pm


  25. Mary Holshouser July 1, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Totem poles are works of art.
    I would love to read the book
    about Canada. I’ve only gotten
    to see part of the country and
    doubt I’ll get to see the rest
    of it.

  26. Beth Anne Thomas July 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Oh! I’ve been wanting to look at that book!

  27. Karen T. July 1, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I am loving your celebration of Canada! Very interesting articles and fun facts today! Thank you, SCT! Yay Canada 150!

  28. SusanDR July 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Gorgeous photos and interesting facts. Canada is a beautiful place!

  29. Margaret July 1, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    The inukshuk is a fascinating monument. Thanks for sharing some of your history with us!

  30. Linda Smith July 1, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    What a beautiful book! It would be an honour to own it! Love all our totem poles…what a story they tell!

  31. Sheryll Matheson July 1, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    The book looks really interesting. Would love to win it.

  32. Kara July 1, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Happy Canada day

  33. Tara July 1, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    That book would be a fabulous tribute to my first home… I’d love to share it with friends & family in my new home in North Carolina!

  34. super stick chick July 1, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Hooray! more fabulous vacation ideas. Living in Minnesota, parts of Canada are not that far away. We have love our visits there and would love to see more.

  35. Kristen Kirkland July 1, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Totem poles remind me of the cottage my grandparents used to have in Tobermory, Ontario. There’s lots of Native history in that area.

  36. Stacey July 1, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    What a fun book!

  37. Janice July 1, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Glad there is a book that celebrates our great nation!

  38. Amber M. July 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I hadn’t heard of this book – would so love to win a copy! Thank you very much 🙂

  39. Dee Brown July 1, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    The world does need more Canada! We’re not perfect but pretty darn close 😉
    Thanks for promoting Canada and celebrating our birthday SCT!!

  40. Diane W July 1, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Fabulous book give-away and what a fabulous day you are providing us.

  41. Patricia Steer July 1, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Glad you included this information about Indigenous peoples symbols. Book looks like a great prize to win and would love to get it.

  42. Jacqueline July 1, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Happy Canada Day from Saskatchewan ??!

  43. Karen Lingel July 1, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    The world DOES need more Canada. Please bring donuts. 😉 Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  44. Teresa Medeiros July 1, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    I signed on a bit late today as I have been busy with Canada Day goings on, but I’ve finally found a bit of time and boy do I love what I’m reading on the blog today! I love the fun facts and the beautiful photos of our country! Truly the most majestic, peaceful and glorious country in the world!! So proud to be Canadian and proud of SCT for taking the time to show-off our beautiful country in this way!! You guys rock!

  45. bette July 1, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Happy Happy 150th, Canada!

  46. Kim Innis July 1, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Although I have been to BC, I have never seen any first people items from that part of Canada. So happy to be learning ao much about Canada today!

  47. Colleen Flathers July 1, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Would love to see the Totem poles and the Inukshuk.

  48. Pam Sohan July 1, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    I love totem poles. I think they are so awesome, the stories and the craftsmanship. Thanks for the chance to win.

  49. Bonnie July 1, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I’m really enjoying learning about Canada today!

  50. Jody Ward July 1, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    That’s right–The World Needs More Canada!!!! Without a doubt!

  51. Michele Washburn July 1, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    The world does need more Canada! Escpecially now. Happy Canada Day!

  52. Jean marmo July 1, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Such lovely photos. Totemoles are so cool.

  53. gisele July 1, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    saw lots of totem polls during my visit to Alaska and Vancouver!

  54. Cyndi B July 1, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Love the grand totem poles here on the west coast! Watching one being carved is amazing!

  55. Shelley K July 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Love the fun facts
    Happy Canada Day??

  56. Lynne Gaudet July 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    This looks like a great book! I look forward to travelling around my country in the future. Until then, I’ll read books like this one!!!!

  57. Marg Gutland July 1, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Happy Birthday Canada our great nation

  58. Thanh July 1, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I had no idea the Bay of Fundy existed! Thank you for highlighting that! A beautiful must see to add to the bucket list.

  59. Katie July 1, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    The world definitely needs more Canada because I would like to be there <3 Can Canada take Michigan back please?

  60. Amy Hanschen July 1, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Just in case I don’t win this book, I’m already searching for it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! Great to share with family and friends!

  61. H2girl2005 July 1, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Love all the info!

  62. Jeanette Y July 1, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    thanks for sharing some fun facts about Canada! thanks for the chance to win!

  63. colleen July 1, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Looks like a great book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it

  64. Michele V July 1, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Interesting book – thanks for the chance to win this!

  65. Betty-Ann July 1, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Happy Canada Day…must look for this book!

  66. Theresa July 1, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Fascinating. I would love to see these some day!

  67. Marlene F. July 1, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    The Inukshuk looked so nice on our beaches in Vancouver during the olympics. People built them everywhere! Happy Canada Day!!!

  68. Cecile B July 1, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing interesting and amazing facts about Canada!!

  69. Janet Sisk July 1, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing more facts about your country. I find it all very fascinating. 😀

  70. Tammy Lever July 1, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I love looking for inukshuks whenever we travel around Canada! It’s great to see them as signs of welcome from Canadians to any travelers on their way along…..a sign of friendship and love!
    This looks like a really interesting book! Thanks for the chance to win.

  71. Elizabeth Simpson July 2, 2017 at 12:01 am

    I love the history behind traditional native art, so I thoroughly enjoyed this post. And I’ll have to check out this book – it looks so good!

  72. Denise Bryant July 2, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Happy 150th to Canada!

  73. Kim Fuller July 2, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Certainly would be a nice book to pick up often and look at!

  74. Shannon G July 2, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Would I love to win this book!! This post is a perfect example of how the diverse cultures in our already great country live, work and play together!! Thank you for this!!

  75. Marcia scantlin July 2, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Interesting facts

  76. Jurist Tran July 2, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Wat a great book to tribute canada and all the interesting facts and stories! Ty SCT for sharing may interesting canadian facts ….totem pole and inukshuk is a piece of Canadian art and history #HB Canada #happy 150#love SCT

  77. Mary-Anne V. July 2, 2017 at 11:06 am

    This book looks amazing. Love the richness of the Native American culture.

  78. Tara Hodge July 2, 2017 at 11:28 am

    I have a love of Inukshuk’s and the way they’ve guided travellers for years. ?

  79. Tara Watts July 2, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Love all the wonders that we can explore in our own backyard!

  80. Anna Ekman July 2, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    So much I didn’t know.

  81. Lynn W July 2, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Looks like an amazing book! I love the Inukshuk and I have made some from rocks gathered from northern Ontario. One of my Inukshuk creations was given to a special family on Canada Day 2015! MAybe I will have to try and make a totempole!!

  82. Christi L Steinbeck July 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    what a fun book! THanks you for the chance~

  83. Sue MacTavish July 2, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Yes…the world does need more Canada! ❤️??

  84. Sandy Ross July 2, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    A book about Canada would be a wonderful read!!! Thanks for sharing!

  85. Karen Horne July 2, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    That sounds like it’s a really interesting book!

  86. Sandy Clinton July 2, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Totem poles and Inukshuk are such amazing pieces of true Canadian artwork. The book, though I haven’t seen it, is probably a great way to honour Canada.

  87. Sherry Stanley July 2, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Love all the Canadian Art work. thanks SCT.

  88. Alison C July 2, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    I would love to win this book. I am a transplanted Canadian. Some days it is extremely difficult living in the US away from Canada. This would help with those days! Also one of my daughters would love some Canadian info to enlighten one of her friends. Thanks for the chance to win!

  89. LC July 3, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Just reading the fun facts and interesting info you’ve shared today, I’ve learned quite a few new things about our country. Would love to learn more! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book!

  90. Arianna Barbara July 3, 2017 at 5:06 am

    It would be amazing win this book!!!

  91. Heather H. July 3, 2017 at 10:40 am

    The inukshuk and totem pole are incredible, beautiful symbols representing Canada’s Indigenous people. I agree with the book title, the world does need more Canada. I’d love to own this book.

  92. Dianne July 3, 2017 at 11:16 am

    More beautiful images of Canadian culture. We are such a young country ,thank you for the reminder that the culture of our original inhabitants dates back so much further.
    Happy Birthday Canada

  93. heather Wehrli July 3, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    This book would do just nicely on my coffee table to show to all our visitors.

  94. Crafty Violet July 3, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    That book would be awesome to own. That is a great prize.

  95. Cindy P. July 3, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Happy Canada Day !!! These hourly posts are a super creative way to honour our fabulous country. Thanks SCT for the chance to win this awesome book!

  96. Mandi Holmes July 3, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Those totem poles are amazing. Happy Birthday

  97. Mel H July 3, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Bet this book is amazing. Canada is such a beautiful country.

  98. Debbie July 3, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I would to share the book with friends.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  99. Kirsty Vittetoe July 4, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Happy 150th!!!!

  100. Dawn Skene July 4, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I sometimes see an inukshuk along the side of the road. It always makes me smile. I have seen some of the totem poles in Stanley Park in Vancouver. They are beautiful.

  101. Gramma Dee July 4, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Would love that book. The world DOES need more Canada.

  102. Sue Moody July 4, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Thanks for the fun facts on Canada. Happy Canada Day??

  103. Linda F July 5, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Seeing the Stanley Park Totem poles again really makes me want to return to Canada. Beautiful country with a rich history.

  104. Alma Dirpaul July 5, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks for all the great info about Canada.

  105. Heather Arsenault July 6, 2017 at 12:02 am

    So many wonderful things that represent Canada. Thank you for this journey today.

  106. Gwen McCaffrey July 6, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Looks like a fantastic book for my coffee table!

  107. Sandy K. July 6, 2017 at 10:22 am

    It is always important to learn about and appreciate not only our own family’s culture and history, but also that of this great country. Sometimes we need reminders of how special this country is and not to take it for granted.

  108. Karen Rushton July 6, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I would love to read that. Good Luck everyone!

  109. Ginny Duncan July 6, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Great book to win and own – great stories you contributed to #canada150. ??????

  110. Tara McCarthy July 6, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Another great prize.

  111. Maureen E July 6, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    We do live in an amazing country! Happy Canada Day!

  112. Kelly Karges July 6, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    I’d love to win this book!

  113. Lorelei B July 7, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Would love this book!!

  114. Kelly Tulk July 7, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Loving all the Canada stuff!!

  115. Beatrice Lawson July 7, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Would love to read this book, the world definitely needs more Canada.

  116. Shelley P July 8, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Canada has a rich history beginning with the First Nations and we still owe it to them that they believe in preservation of our environment. It is our duty to repair the damages and trauma that they did not deserve. Recognizing their cultural heritage and legacy through totem poles and Inukshuk are significantly important for Canadians.

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