Canadian Historical Events in July

Canadian Historical Events is a daily guide to the important events that shaped Canada to what it is today. It is a compilation of significant events for the month of July including the birth and death of famous Canadians as well as laws promulgated by authorities. The list is constantly updated to incorporate the most recent events.

Canada Historical Events in July

Day Year Event
1 1534 French explorer Jacques Cartier planted a cross on the shores of Gaspé Bay in Quebec with a party of St. Lawrence Iroquoians to claim the area for France.
1 1867 Formation of the Dominion of Canada by the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick by virtue of the British North America Act, 1867.
1 1873 Prince Edward Island joined as a province of the Confederation of Canada.
1 1905 Peterborough in Ontario was incorporated as a city.
1 2020 The United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) took effect replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
2 1821 Birth: Charles Tupper, the 6th prime minister of Canada
3 1608 French explorer Samuel de Champlain founded Quebec and New France as new colonies of France.
3 1870 Birth: Richard Bedford Bennett, the 11th prime minister of Canada
4 1886 Birth: Richard Bedford Bennett, the 11th prime minister of Canada
6 1859 Start of the Battle of Fort Niagara between the British Forces and the French during the American theatre of the Seven Years War of the two empires.
11 1896 The first scheduled train to cross Canada from sea to sea happened when the first scheduled Canadian Pacific Railway transcontinental passenger train reached Vancouver.
11 1882 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough in Ontario Province was created out of the territory of the Diocese of Kingston.
11 1990 A violent land dispute between a group of Mohawk people and the town of Oka, Quebec erupts and ends only after 78 days.
12 1994 Revision of the Royal Coat of Arms of Canada
14 1987 The city of Montreal is completely paralyzed by a huge flood caused by the heavy downpour of a series of thunderstorms.
15 1870 Manitoba separates from Northwest Territories to become a new province of the Confederation of Canada.
17 1976 Opening day of the Montreal Olympic Games, the only summer Olympics to be held on Canadian soil.
20 1871 British Columbia becomes the 6th province of Canada.
23 2002 Opening of the 17th World Youth Day in Toronto
24 1846 The Diocese of Vancouver Island in British Columbia was erected on territory split off from the Apostolic Vicariate of Oregon in the United States.
24 2022 Pope Francis arrived in Edmonton, Alberta for a six day visit which he described as a “penitential pilgrimage” with the goal of contributing to the “process of healing and reconciliation with the country’s Indigenous peoples”.
25 2002 Arrival of Pope John Paul II for World Youth Day in Toronto
27 1957 Birth: Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, the Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada
28 2002 Pope John Paul II celebrated final Holy Mass for the World Youth Day in Downsview Park, Toronto with an estimated 800,000 people, mostly youth from around the world, in attendance.
31 1987 An F4 tornado hit the city of Edmonton and killed 27 people.

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