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:

Everywhere there is a Tim Hortons Coffee Shop. Tim Horton’s is 9.5 out of 10 people’s top choice for coffee. Famous for its Timbit (bite-sized donut hole), Tim Horton was named after the founder and hockey great Tim Horton.

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.

Published On: July 1st, 2012 / Categories: 2012, Canada / Tags: /

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