A Bit of History
America’s best friend and neighbour to the north, Canada, is also the second largest country in the world. We like to proudly boast that our undefended border with the United States is the world’s longest. Our chapter was founded in Toronto in February 1989, and joined those other Canadian chapters already established in Ottawa, Ontario; Calgary, Alberta; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
We Toronto Daughters chose the chapter name, Upper Canada, for two reasons: the first, so that everyone would at least know where we are, and, the second, to honour the early history and beginnings of English Canada.
In 1791 British Parliament enacted the Constitutional Act splitting Quebec into the two provinces of English Upper Canada and French Lower Canada. Seventy-six years later, in 1867, the country officially came into being when the British North America Act established a Canadian Parliament.
Immigrants poured into the new country. Loyalists from the United States as well as Americans who were looking for better opportunities were among the first to arrive. They were soon followed by the British, then the Irish escaping from the dreadful famines, Germans, Dutch, Scandinavians, Eastern Europeans, and a sprinkling of people from the rest of the world, all of whom came to settle in this vast land.
Extensive immigration continues today! It is said that Toronto is the most multi-cultural city in the world, and no one who lives here or visits would question that statement! Many Daughters in Canada are immigrants themselves, and we cherish being able to live in this huge, remarkable country.
We hope you have a chance to visit us one day soon!