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The Dream of Canada

Introduction

"The Dream of Canada" is a photo exhibit highlighting the contribution of the Fathers of Confederation to the creation of the Dominion of Canada. In collaboration with Canadian Heritage, Parks Canada celebrates Canada’s unique natural and cultural heritage through spectacular images representing our vast network of national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas from each province and territory.

The Exhibit




In September 1864, delegates from the British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and the Province of Canada (now Ontario and Quebec) met in Charlottetown to discuss ideas for a political union in British North America. These Fathers of Confederation continued to develop their plans the following month at a conference in Québec and later at the 1866 London Conference in England. Their dreams were realized on July 1, 1867, with the creation of the Dominion of Canada.

Confederation initially included four provinces—Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick—and has since expanded to encompass ten provinces and three territories. Today, Canada is a vibrant, culturally and ecologically diverse country stretching from the Pacific to the Atlantic and north to the Arctic Ocean. Parks Canada celebrates Canada’s unique heritage through a vast network of national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas. These cherished places help define Canada to Canadians and the world.

This exhibit is presented through a partnership between Canadian Heritage and Parks Canada.

Click to view the exhibit as a slideshow.

Click to download the exhibit in PDF format (4.3 MB).