It's Canada Day, and Canadian flags are flying throughout Hamilton.
There was a Canada Day breakfast at the Dundas Driving Park and a Greensville Optimist Club picnic in the park today, as well as a Canada Day concert at Webster's Falls. Regimental bands gave a free show at Dundurn Castle.
And festivities are still happening.
There will be fireworks at Pier 4 and Bayfront Park tonight. Food trucks will be on site from 6 p.m. and performers will entertain the crowd until 10 p.m., when the fireworks start.
Traffic will be heavy, so the city is encouraging people to walk, ride their bicycles or take an HSR shuttle bus.
It's Your Festival in Gage Park runs through Monday. There are five stages of entertainment, as well as food and the Molson Canadian Beer Garden, among other attractions.
The Oh Canada Ribfest continues at Memorial Park in Waterdown. The festival raises money for numerous charities. It runs Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Here are some fun facts about Canada:
- It has the world's longest freshwater beach (Wasaga).
- Canada holds the record for the most gold medals ever won at the winter Olympics. It set that record in 2010 in Vancouver with 14 gold medals.
- Canada has the tenth largest economy in the world.
- The national anthem, O Canada, was first sung on June 24, 1880, but it wasn't proclaimed the country's national anthem until July 1, 1980.
- The average life expectancy in Canada is 79 years for men and 82 years for women.
- Canada ranks sixth in the world for quality of life according to the UN's Human Development Index.
- More than 40 per cent of Canada's land mass is the Canadian Arctic. Nearly half of Canada's land surface is covered in trees.
- As of 2006, the median age of Canadians is 39.5 years.
- When Canadians travel abroad, their most frequent destinations are the United States, Mexico, Cuba, the United Kingdom and the Dominican Republic.
- When international travellers visit Canada, they are most often from the U.S., United Kingdom, France, Germany or Japan.