Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday – 4:00 pm

Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday – 4:00 pm


Beautiful and talented this great land of Canada is! Nature at it's finest and musical talent all around us. Let's talk Canada blooms first.


While we don't have a national flower, as the Ontario provincial flower and one of the most intriguing flowers in Canada, the Trillium is here and gone each spring just as the trees start to bud. They are a beautiful flower, about the size of child’s palm, and have three or six petals. The colours of a Trillium are dependant on the soil from which it grows and the most common ones seen in Ontario are white petals with a yellow stamen, pink petals with yellow stamen, white and brilliant pink centred petals with pink and/or white stamen, and red, burgundy, or deep fuchsia petals with grey and/or cream stamen. Walking through a forest in early spring, just as the world is transitioning from winter, and seeing the Earthen floor covered in blanket of white is simply breathtaking.


Commonly overlooked, the mighty tulip deserves a nod. According to the official website of the Canadian Tulip Festival, it was “established to celebrate the historic Royal gift of tulips from the Dutch to Canadians as a symbol of international friendship while preserving the legacy of the role of the Canadian troops in the liberation of Europe, and the birth of Dutch Princess Margriet in Ottawa during World War II—the only royal personage ever born in Canada.” As one of the world’s largest tulip festivals, Ottawa hosts half a million visitors that come to enjoy the more than 1 million flowers in bloom.

Canada Blooms

Canada hosts it's largest flower show, Canada Blooms, in Toronto each spring!

Now, let's talk music. While we could be here all day as we have such a vast musical fabric, we'll touch on a few! The music that has come from Canada reflects the diversity that we strive upon as a country. Artists such as Drake, Michael Buble, Neil Young (our very own Director of Customer Happiness Jen's cousin!) and Celine Dion are inspirations that have shaped this country showing the world who we really are. The music industry in Canada is vastly growing as it is now the sixth largest music industry in the world. Canadian artists such as Joni Mitchell, Shania Twain, Bryan Adams, Anne Murray, Sarah MacLachlan, The Barenaked Ladies, The Tragically Hip, Rush, Alanis Morrisette, Justin Bieber, and The Weeknd  and SO MANY MORE have dominated music charts for decades. The diverse landscape of the Canadian music scene features everything from jazz to rock to country and everything in between. In 2016 we lost Leonard Cohen, musician and poet, however his words will fill our hearts for years to come. Here's our favourite 🙂

This hour we want to share a prize package that includes our brand new summer issue, our brand new Celebrate Canada stamps we revealed earlier today along with our loonie and toonie for one lucky winner! 

Celebrate Canada stampsyou can preorder until July 7 here!


you can subscribe here!

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 we will share a little Canadian mystery 🙂


Fun Fact: Contrary to popular belief, lacross, not hockey, is the national sport! One more? Roughly 30% of Canada's total landmass is occupied by forest. Makes for great photo ops.


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  1. Lynn Gauthier July 1, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Well, I haven’t had to miss the trillium’s in Canada as we have then here in Michigan.
    Adorable stamp set…Love that Moose!!!
    Happy Birthday Canada!!!

  2. Michele Berg July 1, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Love the stamp set, especially the moose. Real maple syrup is absolutely the best. Happy Canada Day!

  3. Barb macaskill July 1, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    What beautiful flowers! I love these sets of stamps and dies! I would use them to scrap an across the border poutine run! TFS!

  4. Debbie July 1, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I am born and raised in Ontaio and have never seen a trillium! I will keep looking each Spring!

  5. paullette truslow July 1, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Beautiful flower, love the bear in the stamp set and the maple leaf.

  6. Janet MacKay July 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Love the floral themed post. Keep up the good work.

  7. Sue MacGowan July 1, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I’d love to visit!

  8. Amber M. July 1, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Beautiful flowers. Saskatchewan’s provincial flower is the Tiger Lily!

  9. Jo-ann July 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    There is nothing more Canadian right now than the Canada Stamp and Die set. So great for making cards, tags and scrapbooking, to name a few projects this set would work with.

  10. Karen Carvell July 1, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Beautiful flowers! Thanks for all the great trivia!

  11. Colleen July 1, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Love what you’re doing here today. Lots of great information. Thanks. and I would love to win the new die and stamp set. They look awesome and I did not get my Summer issue yet so I need it.

  12. Sheryll Matheson July 1, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Can’t wait for the mystery.

  13. Dee Brown July 1, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Here in NWO, Northwest Ontario, we have a small nodding trillium that blooms in sprig, easily missed but still beautiful. I remember the first time I saw a large swath of large trilliums while visiting Barrie, inspiring.

  14. Patricia Steer July 1, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Waiting for the mystery. Every hour has been very interesting.

  15. missgailly July 1, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    We have SO many talented musicians that come from Canada. My favourite rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah was sung by k.d. lang at the Vancouver Olympics.

  16. Linda Smith July 1, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Love the trilliums in my garden!
    We are blessed to have so many talented artists in Canada!! What amazing prizes!

  17. Amy Morris July 1, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Love the stamp set and Dies, Love your magazine and love my Country and everything that makes it beautiful and blessed!! Oh Canada we stand on guard for thee!!
    Happy Canada Day to you!!!

  18. Jennifer Reynard July 1, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Love what you are sharing, and the fun facts..who knew!?? Thanks for the day and the opportunity to win!

  19. lisa808 July 1, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Would love to visit the flower show.
    Happy Birthday Canada and thank you SCT for hosting today’s celebration and generous prizes.

  20. Kim Innis July 1, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    I am really appreciating all the wonderful things I’m reading about Canada in your posts today. Our neighbor to the north is awesome!

  21. Kristen Kirkland July 1, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Such gorgeous flowers!

  22. Karen Lingel July 1, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Oh yeah, Canada’s flowers are amazing. Every time I visit Canada, I make a “Canada Flowers” layout. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Happy Birthday Canada! Bonne Anniversaire au Canada!

  23. BevB July 1, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Love all the colourful flowers and this truly Canadian stamp and die set is awesome. Love it. We have some Canadian that are so talented and to name just one would not be fair. We have talent and we enjoy them.

  24. Janice July 1, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Love trilliums! Thanks for reminding us about our flora.

  25. Diane W July 1, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    You are just so full f amazing facts about our beloved country today. Thank you.

  26. MaryAnn N July 1, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Love trilliums . When we were young, as a family we walked in the woods behind our farm and there were hundreds of trilliums along the path. I wish I had photos of this memory.

  27. Sue LD July 1, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Beautiful flowers.

  28. Margaret July 1, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Love all of those Canadian musicians – Leonard Cohen is a particular favorite!

  29. Karen T. July 1, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Flowers, music, and your new stamps – I love Canada! I am really enjoying your celebration today! Hooray for Canada 150! Thank you, SCT!

  30. Jacqueline July 1, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I love tulips. Happy Canada Day from Saskatchewan ??!

  31. bette July 1, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Happy Flower day for Canada’s 150th!!!!

  32. Louise Reynen July 1, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Yesterday, on Sirius channel 90’s on 9, they were celebrating American artists. I heard this announcement just after they finished playing ‘Man, I feel like a woman’ by Shania Twain. Newsflash! …but, as a Canadian, I’m too polite to point out their error!

  33. SusanDR July 1, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Loving all this info about Canada. Can’t wait to visit again!

  34. debra July 1, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Trilliums have long been my favorite wildflower. We had them in our backyard.

  35. Teresa Medeiros July 1, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Beautiful flowers and you’re absolutely right about the eclectic array of musicians that has come out of Canada. Love each and every one of them!

  36. Kara July 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    What an amazing and beautiful country we live in,

  37. Martine M. July 1, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    I visited the tulip festival in Ottawa few times. Always enjoyed all the colors and the different kinds of tulips(I made few scrapbook pages with the pictures taken…). Thanks for the chance to win!

  38. Beth Anne Thomas July 1, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Love tulips and wild roses!

  39. HeatherL July 1, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Love the stamp set! Don’t forget Great Big Sea in your list of Canadian musicians!

  40. KariLynnL July 1, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    The Trillium looks gorgeous, I have never seen one, so pretty. I love fields of tulips, so gorgeous as well. It would be so cool to be able to visit every province and take a photo of their provincial flower, that would be awesome.

  41. Ana July 1, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Love our provincial flowers! And now that we’ve moved to Alberta I miss Canada Blooms!

  42. Michele Washburn July 1, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    More fun facts this hour! Would love to win the prize! Crossing my fingers!

  43. Jean marmo July 1, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    We love the gardens by the falls. Such fun learning these facts today.

  44. Jody Ward July 1, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Carpets of trilliums in the spring–a breath taking sight!

  45. Betty-Kay Murray July 1, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    What beautiful flowers we have! And amazing talent. I love the stamp set. I’m really enjoying the posts today. Thanks for them.

  46. Pam Sohan July 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    I love flowers in the springtime, all year long actually but there is something special about the first flowers of spring. I live in Texas and while we don’t anywhere near the winters that Canada does……spotting that first bluebonnet always fills my heart with joy in the spring.

  47. gisele July 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    great Canadian facts 🙂

  48. Marg Gutland July 1, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    beautiful flowers beautiful country

  49. Shelley K July 1, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Love the fun facts..
    Thanks for chance to win..??

  50. HeatherC July 1, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Hallelujah is one of my most favorite songs!!!!!

  51. Colleen Flathers July 1, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Love that you are telling us all of the interesting facts about Canada.

  52. Cyndi B July 1, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    You hit on some awesome facts about flowers and music. Lots of trillium here and I grow tons of tulips!

  53. Dee Hamoen July 1, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I always look for trilliums to know it’s spring.

  54. Bernice J July 1, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    And in Alberta, its the wild rose!

  55. JoAnn H July 1, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    These prizes are getting better & better

  56. Katie July 1, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Not hockey!? I <3 trillium and tulips.

  57. saxonr July 1, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Very cool flower! Love Cohen’s music! We sure are lucky to have so much!

  58. H2girl2005 July 1, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you so much!

  59. Linda Tupper July 1, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I so love flowers! How nice it would be to visit Canada Blooms. Love the great Canada stamps and dies. So nice to see this nice Canada tribute today.

  60. Nadine July 1, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    We really do have some of the best music!

  61. Amy Hanschen July 1, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Loved seeing the tulips in British Colombia when I was there for Crop and Create! Just ordered my stamp and die set! Great to celebrate with y’all!

  62. Michele V July 1, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Simply Stunning!
    Thank you.

  63. Diana Martinez July 1, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    So much music, so many special lives. Canada is awesome.

  64. Tona July 1, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I love trilliums. We have them here in WA state too. When we see the 1st ones bloom we go for walks in search of more.

  65. Roz Kelly July 1, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    I did a layout with photos of Trillium, white and burgundy ones…one of my favourite layouts. The prizes just keep getting better!!

  66. Betty-Ann July 1, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Love it…thanks for sharing!

  67. Dale Tiernan July 1, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    My hubby loves Mr Cohen. We got VIP tix to a concert he gave when he visited western Australia, where we live.

  68. Marlene F. July 1, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Happy Canada Day!!! Love the fun facts.

  69. Tammy Lever July 1, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah is one of my all time favorite songs eva! It is one that will be played at my funeral whenever that day may come! We are so lucky to have such amazing singers and songwriters! So proud to be Canadian! Thanks for the chance to win some amazing prizes!

  70. Cecile B July 1, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Canada does have some great musical talent! Thanks for sharing the variety of facts and natural beauty of our country!

  71. Janet Sisk July 1, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    My mom loved Trilliums and now every spring I go hunting for them as a remembrance to her. I also love Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah”. Thanks for the chance to win more prizes! 😀

  72. Elizabeth Simpson July 1, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Loved reading this post – so many wonderful things to celebrate about Canada! Thank you for the facts and the photos. I’ve always been fascinated by the beauty of the trillium, and the photos you posted is breathtaking!

  73. Marcia scantlin July 1, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Love the trivia

  74. super stick chick July 2, 2017 at 12:27 am

    So much beauty and talent in Canada!

  75. Juli C July 2, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Great prize!! Gotta love our country!

  76. Denise Bryant July 2, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Happy 150th to Canada!

  77. MJ Dupuis July 2, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Loving this trivia day! Keep them coming!

  78. Kim Fuller July 2, 2017 at 7:29 am

    We see trilliums all of the time in NS and many other provincial flowers! So lucky!

  79. Sarah Crossley July 2, 2017 at 8:15 am

    I love the tulip festival! This year it was so nice to see all the red and white ones! Happy Canada day SCT!

  80. Paige Stirling Fox July 2, 2017 at 8:47 am

    The forest where we walk our dog is carpeted with trilliums in the spring. Love the cute stamp set!

  81. Shannon G July 2, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Love, love trilliums and tulips and????? The list goes on. I only found out about lacrosse being our national sport at a Canada Day gathering I attended yesterday!! So, so proud of our many, many talented musicians!!! Ohhh would I love to win this hour’s prize!!

  82. Jurist Tran July 2, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Canada has a lot of great musical talent! Happy 150th bday Canada! Love this hour prize…so Canadian! I would love to win that stamp n die set! Thank you SCT for a fun filled Canada day and the generous prize giveaways! #true north #love Canada# SCT rocks!

  83. Mary-Anne V. July 2, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Beautiful Trillium! Happy 150th Canada!

  84. Tara Hodge July 2, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Beautiful pictures.

  85. Becca Yahrling July 2, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I’m a flower lunatic! haha These are so beautiful.

  86. Diane July 2, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Learned something new did not know the Trillium was Ontario’s prov. flower and the beautiful tulips we have several different varieties in our garden in Spring. Love the stamp and die set as I have taken lots of photos today could certainly use it. A great SCT celebration.

  87. Tara Watts July 2, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Love all the nature and greenery here!

  88. Anna Ekman July 2, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I love tulips! They are so fresh and crisp.

  89. Lynn W July 2, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    So many great Canadian items. Some of my favourites. I love th beautiful trillium and enjoy them every year in my mother’s garden. Leonard Cohen and his version of Hallelujah are just breathtaking along with KD Lang and I could listen to it all day long!
    SCT you are amazing for doing this for Canada ??Day!!! thank you so very much!!!!

  90. Christi L Steinbeck July 2, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    WHat a fun day this has been thanks for including me!

  91. Kelly Malacko July 2, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Great! Don’t forget Nickelback and Alberta’s wildrose, two other favourite bands and flowers!!

  92. Sue MacTavish July 2, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Love all flowers and Canadian music. Adorable stamp set! ??

  93. CatherineC July 2, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Maybe Canadian Geographic can work on a national flower after we select a national bird. Their recommendation is the Canada jay aka grey jay aka whiskey jack

  94. Kendra July 2, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    I had no idea trilliums were so large. I thought they were tiny – like clover.

  95. Sandy Ross July 2, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Our flowers and music are absolutely the best out there!!!! Just fabulous!!!

  96. Karen Horne July 2, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Huh, I didn’t know that we didn’t have a national flower. If you had asked me, I would have said that it was the trillium. I learned something today!

  97. Sherry Stanley July 2, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Canada has so many great flowers and plants. We are so blessed to live in such a great country. Thanks SCT for great stamp and die set.

  98. Sandy Carveth July 2, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I love Canada! Great stamps! Beautiful pictures of the flowers!

  99. Sandy Clinton July 2, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    A forest floor covered with trilliums is one of the most amazing sights you will ever see!

  100. Alison C July 2, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    I have a trillium growing in my side yard. An animal must have carried a seed into a container in the front of my yard because I had a trillium sprout in that container this spring. Thanks for all the Canadian information and the chance to win blog candy!!!!

  101. LC July 3, 2017 at 1:01 am

    The tulips at the Canadian Tulip Festival are a sight to behold. A sea of unbelievably beautiful colours! I always enjoyed the musical acts they had too! So much musical talent in Canada! Some of my favourite and most memorable concerts were of Canadian artists. Actually my first ever ‘big’ concert was Alannah Myles.

  102. Arianna Barbara July 3, 2017 at 5:00 am

    I’m in love for these stunning gardens!!! <3

  103. Tara W July 3, 2017 at 7:05 am

    I would use the stamp and die set to help my young niece when she does her travelling. Decorating Canada style to add that special personalized touch. She would be able to make her own thank you cards, as well as any note card she might need.
    I love this Canada stamp set! Thank you for a chance to win.

  104. Mary Holshouser July 3, 2017 at 10:37 am

    The flowers are beautiful.
    The flag of flowers is amazing.
    thanks for having the hop.
    Happy Birthday, Canada.

  105. Elizabeth July 3, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Beautiful flora and great music! Canada is awesome!

  106. Heather H. July 3, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I’ve been a fan of Canadian music my entire life. We are blessed to have some extremely talented musicians in a wide range of genres, some unique to Canada. I encourage everyone to check out some of the regional music from across Canada, there’s definitely something for everyone!

  107. Dianne July 3, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Loved your new stamp and die set so much I could wait to see if I would win the draw, and ordered it.
    Have always wanted to go to Ottawa for the Tulip festival and must add it to my bucket list for next year.
    We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful country with incredibly diverse talented people.
    And so polite and happy….. I’m thinking of you Catherine, and your incredible team.

  108. heather Wehrli July 3, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Planted the 150 red and white Tulips this year in my garden, hope to have them every year – thank you for the opportunity to win this amazing prize today.

  109. Crafty Violet July 3, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    So much to love about Canada! Love the stamp set and your magazine.

  110. Shelley July 3, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Love the Canadian provincial flowers, especially the trillium flower. Ontario is a great province!

  111. Cindy P. July 3, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Happy Canada Day !!! These hourly posts are a super creative way to honor our fabulous country and learn some fun facts. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize package!

  112. Mandi Holmes July 3, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Love the flowers. I think the flag made from the flowers are amazing.

  113. Mel H July 3, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Hallelujah is one of the best songs ever written. Love the stamp set.

  114. Kirsty Vittetoe July 4, 2017 at 2:14 am

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing!

  115. Dawn Skene July 4, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Beautiful flowers and talented musicians!

  116. Gramma Dee July 4, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I think in Canada we appreciate the flowers in the short time we get to enjoy them.

  117. Theresa R. July 4, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Such beautiful flowers!

  118. Sue Moody July 4, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Happy Canada Day ??

  119. Carey Nusbaum July 5, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Beautiful flowers! What a great prize pack! Yahoo!

  120. Linda F July 5, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    When I visited Victoria there were so many beautiful parks and gardens and flowers everywhere. Definitely some awesome musicians come from Canada.

  121. Heather Arsenault July 5, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    So cool to have a Canada stamp set with matching dies! I just have to say that curling should be our national sport!

  122. Alma Dirpaul July 5, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Great prizes. Thanks for making this great stamp set.

  123. Maye M.L. July 6, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Love, love the special edition Canada stamp set and die. It would be a great way to celebrate with our Canadian friends who have shown us great warmth and hospitality. Canada, you are in my travel plans! Cheers!

  124. Gwen McCaffrey July 6, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Absolutely love the stamp/die set and of course the SCT mag!

  125. Sandy K. July 6, 2017 at 10:45 am

    A beautiful photo of the Trillium. Love walks thru the forest in spring when these lovely flowers are in bloom. The list of Canadian musicians is a tribute to Canadian talent but think Gordon Lightfoot should have been mentioned as well for his love of this country and his incredible music contribution. Can’t forgot Stompin’ Tom either, eh? The list just goes on and on. The stamp set is really cool and reflective of all things Canadian.

  126. Tara McCarthy July 6, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Cutest stamp set ever, perfect for all of my Canada day piuctures past and present.

  127. Maureen E July 6, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Many, many Canadian treasures! Happy Canada Day!

  128. Kelly Karges July 6, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Trillliums are such a petty flower!

  129. Lorelei B July 7, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Love trilliums!! Love Tulips!! Love Canada!!

  130. Kelly Tulk July 7, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Going home to Canada next week!

  131. Jeanie L July 7, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    The Canadian stamp set looks amazing. I have been to Ottawa to see the tulips and they are so beautiful!

  132. Beatrice Lawson July 7, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Lacrosse? Come on… that can’t be true!

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