O Canada

Today is (almost was, now) Canada Day. My country’s 145th birthday.

Now if you’ve read this blog for any length of time at all, you’ll know how I pine away for England. But come July 1 I, like all otherwise modest Canadians, swell with pride for my home and native land.

So today I want to share with you just a few things that I love about being Canadian.

And I’m going to start with the picture, above. Because, for the last 10 or more years, my family has started our Canada Day festivities with a pancake breakfast, replete with strawberries and whipped cream (get it? Red and white?). Definitely worth being here for.

And let’s not forget about…

Canadian Tire money

Yaks (the drink, not the animal)

Red maple leaves in the fall

Maple syrup

Poutine (for you non-Canadians, that’s French fries with cheese curds and gravy, pictured above – my supper tonight, from Red Robin Restaurant)

Great Big Sea

World-famous politeness

Universal health care

Ice skating in winter




What about you? What do you love about Canada?


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  1. You have inspired me once again! The short list: the landscape, the people, the food!

  2. Elaine Phillips

    What Suzan said. 🙂

    And I love the Canadian national anthem (although I confess I know the second verse, too, and now that I’m a true Canadian, I should probably forget it).

    Another confession: after a dozen years in my new home, I still love snow. Any time (yup, that’s the African in me).

    And I absolutely love travelling abroad (proudly wearing our flag–in our modest way, of course) and meeting strangers who tell me they’ve never met a Canadian they didn’t like. Nice, eh?

    O, Canada: what’s not to love??

    From a truly grateful immigrant

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