What was the first .ca domain?

We all take the .ca domain for granted now to represent Canadian content on the internet, but what was the very first one? How did it begin?

CBC recalls the very first .ca domain name registered 30 years ago on January 12, 1988. That name was upei.ca, registered to the University of Prince Edward Island by John Demco, who was in charge of domain registrations at the University of British Columbia. The domain ubc.ca was registered the next day.

Blair Vessey, of UPEI’s IT team at the time, acknowledges that it was more happenstance as the UPEI team happened to have their submission approved first, but they are proud of the domain and its mark on Canadian internet history nonetheless.