Where did Canada become Canada?

Canada was the very first country to be created by legislation.

Prior to Confederation, there were several British colonies in the region that is now Canada. These British colonies wanted to achieve self-government, but at the same time remain loyal to the Crown. The result, after several Conferences both in North America and in Britain, was the enactment, by the British Parliament, of the British North America Act.

The British North America Act received Royal Assent on March 29, 1867. On May 22, 1867, the Act was proclaimed by Her Majesty Queen Victoria, to take effect on July 1, 1867.

There is no single answer as to where Canada became Canada. The process of nationhood began in North America with the several Conferences, continued in London, England, both during informal discussions and formally in the British Parliament, as well as at Windsor Castle, and was celebrated on July 1, 1867 back in Canada.


Exactly. Canada as a Nation formed gradually, as described above. The name itself came from the First Nation term "Kan-Na-Da", which meant "village" or "community". That was the reply the first European settler got when he questioned a Chief, who thought he was asking about the collection of tepees and longhouses, which was a community. At least that's the National myth anyway.