In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, as part of the Dare Greatly campaign, Cadillac is counting down the 150 most daring moments in Canadian history.
The series is part of Cadillac’s Dare Greatly campaign, which privileges innovation, risk-taking, and independence. So, here are some of the biggest “moments from Canada’s history that paved the way for the future.”
In 1867, Henry Seth Taylor of Stanstead Quebec builds Canada’s first automobile. His steam buggy was a popular exhibition at the 1867 Stanstead Fair.
In 1875, the first official indoor hockey game is played in Montreal. The traditional lacrosse ball was replaced with a wooden puck to prevent injuries to the spectators.
In 1912, one of the first electric cars appears at an auto show in Toronto. With a reported top speed of 25 km/h and the ability to recharge its battery by attaching to a power line, the invention came long before its time.
On December 23, 1900 Canadian inventor Reginald Fessenden became the first person to send electromagnetic audio signals. Although waves had been transmitted previously, Fessenden’s feat is perhaps more significant to the history of radio.
Canada entrenches its sovereignty by fighting in the First World War. Canadian soldiers also earn the respect of their allies for their bravery and importance to many key victories including Vimy Ridge.
In 1916, women win the right to vote in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The precedent provokes the 1919 ruling guaranteeing women nationally the right to vote.
In 1931, Canada gains its complete independence from Great Britain with the enactment of the Statute of Westminster.
On D-Day, June 6, 1944, Canadians land on Juno Beach in Normandy, playing a huge role in one of the most successful, pivotal, and dangerous operations in the Second World War.
In 1965 Canada’s iconic Maple Leaf flag is born, further separating the nation from the Commonwealth.
In 1968, Medicare becomes a Canada-wide policy, giving universal health care to millions.
In 2015-2016 Canada helps resettle more than 39,000 Syrian refugees forced from their homes by war.
You can check out the full list over at daregreatly.ca You can also learn more about Cadillac’s search for the 151st daring Canadian moment.
The 2017 Cadillac CT6
Obviously, Cadillac can’t hope to emulate the bravery and innovation inherent in some of those achievements. But there’s nothing wrong with setting a high bar. Clearly, Cadillac wants to cement itself among the best in the auto industry. And, in building vehicles with care and creativity, the brand seems to be doing exactly that.
Take the 2017 Cadillac CT6 for example. The lithe sedan features perhaps the most sophisticated package of performance, safety, and entertainment technology on the market. There’s an available Bose Panaray sound system with 34 speakers, some of which are cased inside the front headrests. Perhaps more practical are features like the Rear Camera Mirror that streams live HD footage from the rear of the vehicle to expand the field of view to 300% of a traditional rear view mirror. Other standout available features include:
- NightVision with thermal imaging technology
- Active Rear Steering
- Front Pedestrian Detection
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning
- Forward Collision Alert
- Rear seats with recline, massage, heat, and cooling