Happy Canada D-eh?

by DaniGirl on July 1, 2005 · 13 comments

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Okay, so this might be a little trite and overdone, but it’s the end of a long hot week of being on vacation (translation: brain dead) and it’s the best I can come up with.

In honour of Canada Day and in no particular order, ten reasons I love Canada:

1. One year maternity leave.

2. Bilingual TV. Yah, I know, I vacillate on the whole bilingual thing. But at least it makes us unique.

3. Four seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter. A little something for everyone.

4. Constitutional monarchy – quaint, but effective.

5. Crispy Crunch chocolate bars. Not candy bars, chocolate bars.

6. CBC Radio One.

7. Canadian Tire (and by extension, Canadian Tire money).

8. Spelling colour and honour with a “u” and pronouncing ‘schedule’ to start with a shhh and not a sk.

9. No out of pocket charges for appointments with the doctor or trips to the ER.

10. Leonard Cohen, Diana Krall, Mike Myers, Neil Young, Margaret Atwood, Mordechai Richler, Burton Cummings, William Shatner, and The Barenaked Ladies.

And a little Canada Day anecdote:

I was on a step ladder, hanging the flag up over the front door (been meaning to do it since spring, but just now got the Christmas lights out of the way) and Tristan was watching me with interest.

Tristan: Whatcha doing, mummy?

Me: Hanging the flag up, so it can wave to us whenever we come home and go in the house.

Tristan: Hmm. Hello, flag. Lovely day, eh?

Cheers!! Happy Canada Day!


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Emily July 1, 2005 at 2:15 pm

Happy Canada Day! A former roommate from Winnepeg introduced me to Smarties–they would be high on my “things I like about Canada” list. Yum! I think the people are pretty awesome, too 🙂

2 Running2Ks July 1, 2005 at 2:20 pm

Tim Hortons. ’nuff said.

3 Batman July 1, 2005 at 3:28 pm

I am always impressed when I see Canadians apologize to other people who bump into them (even though it’s not the Canadians’ fault). Why do we apologize?? Because Canadians are very friendly people. Happy Canada Day everyone!

4 Danigirl July 1, 2005 at 5:58 pm

GASP! You don’t have Smarties in the States? That’s scandalous!!! Really? I can’t imagine life without Smarties. What do you use to bribe your children to pee on the potty???
xo Danigirl

5 AnnaJ July 2, 2005 at 12:33 am

LOL Dani, they do have Smarties in some states but they are candy (like skittles) instead of Chocolate. You forgot Shreddies and Maple Leaf Cookies… oh yes, and Kraft Peanut Butter (Can you tell what I have to bring with me when I visit relatives in the States, and I didn’t include the Aero bars or the Whippets).
Happy Canada Day!

6 Troy July 2, 2005 at 12:50 am

If number 11 is Tim Horton’s (I totally agree), then #12 is definitely hockey (right, Mr. Gretzky?)
I also nominate Stompin’ Tom Connors and Gordon Lightfoot as numbers 1,237 and 1,238 respectively (They should make the list, but I’m sure there are at least 1,200 other reasons that come before them).

7 Snack Mommy July 2, 2005 at 1:45 am

I’m surprised Dani didn’t include that oh so popular topic that have led to so many hits on your site….Pamela Anderson’s breasts!!
Hmmmmmm, then again, they may actually be an American purchase.

8 nancy July 2, 2005 at 5:57 am

Can I please add Blue Rodeo, Tragically Hip, Great Big Sea, HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY, and knowing Americans sew Canadian flags on their backpacks when travelling in Europe cause we are loved there and they, well, not so much.
HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9 mgood July 2, 2005 at 4:03 pm

As an American living in Canada (gasp – I’m out of the closet!) I have to admit these were factors that influenced my decision to stay, post-dink:
1) Coffee Crisp
3) Big City, suburbs AND farmland – all within an hour’s drive
4) My mother is at least an hour and forty five minutes away
5) Off-leash areas for Dogs in parks
6) Dogs allowed on public transit
7) Excellent local craft breweries
8) Bands that play Saturday and Sunday afternoon matinees from 4-7 in Kensington Market (beer drinking, music and shopping in one fell swoop, and you’re home in bed for a good night’s sleep!)
9) Fewer sightings of overstyled retired women in stretch pants and sparkly tee shirts eating buffet dinners
10) An aesthetically pleasing flag. Very symmetrical.
Happy Canada Day!
By next year I hope to be a citizen.

10 Jerri Ann July 2, 2005 at 6:08 pm

I commented last night but was typing one handed….now I have no clue where that little comment went. One handed it said, “I like it”. Now, with 2 hands it says…how cool, I really like it. I am Canadian-knowledge-challenged…I enjoy finding out new stuff all the time.

11 twinmomplusone July 2, 2005 at 6:09 pm

How do you spell Canada?
C, eh, N, eh, D, eh !!!
Hope you all had a great Canada Day!!!
proud to be officially Canadian since 1974

12 Ktcakes! July 4, 2005 at 2:20 am

I love Tristan.

13 Paula July 3, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Great post and great comments. I’m very proud of my country, her flag and of all those who serve to keep her a peaceful, free and welcoming land. Very happy that one of my fellow citizen’s took the time from her vacation (of seeing some of this great land) to write a post for all her followers; Canadian, those seeking to be and all her other readers on her country’s 143 birthday 🙂 Thank you and safe travels back to Ottawa.

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