Top Ten Reasons Canadians are Unique

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Today is Canada Day – Canada’s birthday. I wanted to showcase the top 10 things that make Canada so great. I’m not going to mention the obvious…we breathe eat and sleep hockey. I’m not going to mention occasionally we add the word ‘eh’ in our speech and I’m not going to mention Canadians overall, are considered polite people.

Top 10 (selected by me) Reasons Canada is Unique

1.  Spelling:
We spell a few words differently. I try to keep this in mind, no matter what I write as I have followers, friends and business associates from the United States. A few examples are:

  • neighbour vs. neighbor
  • colour vs. color
  • cheque vs. check
  • dialogue vs. dialog
  • favour vs. favor
  • fibre vs. fiber
  • centre vs. center
  • jeweller vs. jeweller
  • kilometre vs. kilometer
  • traveller vs. traveler
  • tumour vs. tumor


2. Chicken:
The Restaurant Swiss Chalet is Synonymous with Rotisserie Chicken since 1954. There are quite a few items on the menu but usually everyone orders quarter chicken dinner with fries. The chalet dipping sauce is great for dipping chicken and even better for French fries. Swiss Chalet if you are reading this, why are your chickens so small these days? Small chickens the size of a capon (maybe slight exaggeration) is not good!

3. Telephone:
At the age of 29, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876. In 1877 he formed the Bell Telephone Company.

4.  Beer:
Canadian beer just taste better. Everyone knows our beer appears to have more alcohol content than American beer. We only sell our beer at the LCBO (a place where liquor, wine, beer and spirits are sold) and The Beer Store. Some famous Canadian breweries include: Alexander Keiths, Labatt, Molson, MooseHead, Steam Whistle and Sleeman.

5.  Coffee & Donuts

6.  Funny Money:
Our money is coloured. It may look funny, but truly, it is easier to sort through the money when a different colour represents each denomination.

7.  4 Seasons:
Canada has four different seasons every year. Our weather changes each season. In the winter we endure the cold, snow and ice. In the summer we contend with hot and humid days.

8.  Great Inventions:
Some wonderful inventions were conceived in Canada:

  • board game Trivial Pursuit
  • children’s story Winnie the Pooh
  • 5 pin bowling
  • soft drink Canadian Dry Ginger Ale
  • heart pacemaker
  • insulin
  • newsprint
  • walkie-talkie


9.  Celebrities:
 So many celebrities were born in Canada. Some of the many celebrities are:

  • Celine Dion
  • Cory Monteith
  • Justin Bieber
  • Kiefer Sutherland
  • Michael Buble
  • Eugene Levy
  • Tom Green
  • Neil Young
  • Rachel McAdams
  • Sarah Chalke
  • Christopher Plummer
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Sandra Oh


10.  I am Canadian:

Molson Canadian created their first patriotic commercial. This tongue-in-cheek slogan “I am Canadian” is still very popular today. Watch the “I am Canadian” commercial to see how it humourously attacks the myths people have of Canada. For example, we do not live in igloos.

  6 COMMENTS
2012 Canada
  • Written by: Cathy Jennings

    Jennifer,

    Fun post and I learned a lot about Canada!

    I’ve only been there once, but there are lots of places in Canada I’d like to see someday. Now I know to check out Swiss Chalet’s chicken while I’m there!

    Cathy

  • Written by: socialdragon

    Cathy, Swiss Chalet, sadly, isn’t as good as it used to be, but it’s the perfect restaurant for the family. Even Justin Bieber commented that he loves Swiss Chalet.

  • Written by: Tabitha Jayne

    Hahaha! I never knew that Canada uses British English spelling. That’s cool. Was suprised to see the Telephone on the list as we Scots claim fame for that seeing as Alexander Graham Bell was Scottish. I now know that he was inspired by living in Canada and that’s where he created the telephone. That’s awesome, eh

  • Written by: socialdragon

    Tabitha, Alexander Graham Bell was from Brantford, Ontario. It really is amazing to think how to phone started and over the years has had operators to connect you, party lines, rotary dial phones, cordless phones to cell phones. What could be next?

  • Written by: MargSanderson

    Re: Tabitha’s comment on British Spelling: we do and we don’t. We pick and choose what we use. If you read old British mysteries (my personal weakness) you’ll see spellings that make you do a double-take: tyre, clew, waggon, aeroplane, gaol, connexion, to name a few. I LIKE that we are selective. Thanks, Jennifer for a great article.

  • Written by: socialdragon

    Thanks Margaret for you comment. The spellings you mention certainly do make you take a double take. Why can’t we all spell one way and all have universal time?

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