What’s Canada Day? How did it start? Why do we celebrate? What should you do? The Rocca Sisters have you covered!

History of Canada Day 

On July 1st, 1867, the British North America Act created Canada, and by the following year a proclamation was signed to request that all Her Majesty’s subjects across Canada celebrate July 1st as the birthday of Canada. Eleven years later in 1879 July became a statutory holiday called Dominion Day. It wasn’t until 1982 that Dominion Day became Canada Day.

Why we are proud to be Canadian.

The name “Canada” comes from the Huron-Iroquois language and means settlement or village. For us, this holds a great deal of meaning. Our family, like most, are 1st generation Canadians. Our Father was born in Italy and came to settle in Canada when he was only 15 years old in search of a better life…and this is where our story begins.

Embracing the opportunity this free life gave him, our father started in the development side of business which launched our family into real estate in the early 1950’s, making a lasting imprint on Atlantic Maritime provinces that is still felt today. He is remembered by his community at Park Vonio, Italy.

Our family has enjoyed over a quarter of a century growth in construction and real estate development. This has instilled in us the value of hard work and the importance of a hands-on business approach. We pride ourselves in being aligned with Royal LePage a strongly recognized Canadian brand. Our Rocca Sisters Team is rich in diversity with backgrounds from all over the world. We are thankful for the opportunity Canada has given us all and continues to give us, and we are proud to be Canadian, where the opportunities are endless and the cultural diversity is empowering.

Things to do

The City of Burlington is excited to celebrate Burlington's 150th Anniversary at our annual Canada Day celebration in Spencer Smith Park on Saturday July 1!  Recognized by Festivals and Events Ontario as a “Top 100” event, this year's celebrations will focus on providing evening entertainment leading into a spectacular fireworks display over the lake.

Morning events include, Yoga in the Park and the Canada Day Run, 1k and 5k. Register online.

Late afternoon and evening events include live entertainment from the stage begins at 4 p.m., Food and marketplace vendors and Fireworks at 10 p.m.



On Saturday, July 1st, the City of Hamilton is throwing a FREE Canada Day extravaganza for the whole family at Bayfront Park! Prepare for a day packed with delightful children's recreation and arts activities that will spark their creativity and keep them entertained.


FOOD TRUCK RALLY:  The city is hosting a mouth-watering Food Truck Rally, featuring a delicious lineup of Ontario's finest mobile eateries! Treat your taste buds to a culinary adventure with options like classic fish and chips, juicy chicken, shawarma, succulent porchetta and creamy ice cream!


Canada Day returns to Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park on July 1. Enjoy an evening of free performances and family fun at Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park on Saturday July 1. Activities and food trucks will open at 6 p.m. with fireworks at 10 p.m. (weather permitting). 


From our family to yours, Happy Canada Day!


The Rocca Sisters are award winning Sales Representatives with Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage – Cathy and Tanya can be reached at 905-335-4102 or by email at info@roccasis­ Learn about our featured listings at


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