A look at 10 historical events that took place during the month of April
April 23, 1851
Canada’s first official postage stamp, the three-penny beaver, is issued.
April 2, 1871
The first census of the Dominion of Canada lists the population as 3,689,257.
April 9, 1917
The Canadian Corps attacks German positions on Vimy Ridge in France, a key piece of land held by the Germans since 1914. Six days later, fighting ends with the Canadians victorious despite the loss of 3,600 troops
April 1, 1939
Trans-Canada Airlines (later Air Canada) makes the first scheduled passenger flight from Vancouver to Montreal.
April 28, 1967
Expo 67, a world’s fair built on the theme Man and His World, opens in Montreal.
April 7, 1975
Toronto’s CN Tower becomes the world’s tallest free-standing structure.
April 12, 1980
Terry Fox begins his cross-country run, the “Marathon of Hope”. On September 1, he is forced to stop the run when his cancer returns.
April 17, 1982
With the stroke of a pen by the Queen in Ottawa, Canada has its own Constitution.
April 30, 1987
Ten provincial premiers and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney agree to the Meech Lake Accord, which would make large changes to Canada’s Constitution and address Quebec’s concerns. Parliament and the legislatures of all provinces have three years to accept the Accord. It dies in June 1991, when both Newfoundland and Manitoba refuse to endorse it.
The federal government settles a land claim with the Inuit that will give them 350 000 square km of territory in the North, to be called Nunavut.