OH, Canada...

July 1st is Canada Day, a day most Canadians celebrate. It's the day we are reminded just how lucky we are to be living in this wonderful country, land of the home and free. Whether you're celebrating Canada Day at the cottage, having a backyard BBQ, or setting off fireworks, it's a day to reflect on all the reasons it rocks to be Canadian.

Why it's so awesome being Canadian:

We all live in igloos. Yup, we do. And it snows here, like 365 days a year.

We don't consider an inch of snow a national disaster.

We know how to shovel.

Our money is colourful.

The Tragically Hip. This is my number one favourite Canadian band, and I love, love, love their music. So many of their songs bring back special memories, or specific instances, and they are just so very Canadian.

We have universal health care.

And freedom.

And maple syrup.

Poutine. Enough said.

Our national anthem. Oh, Canada!

We're polite. We are overly familiar with saying Please, Thank You, and Sorry.

We're beautiful. From the mountains on the west coast to the fisherman towns on the east coast, from wheat fields to the Canadian Prairies, we are a pretty picture, even during the cold, dark, winter months.

We are the peacekeepers.

Hockey. It's our game. Our national pastime. And it's damn fun to watch. Especially during the NHL playoffs. Songs about hockey give me chills, every time I hear them. Like this one. Chills.

Gun laws. We have them.

Wayne Gretzky.

John Candy.

Ryan Gosling.

Anne of Green Gables.

Barenaked Ladies.

Blue Rodeo.

Dan Aykroyd.

Too many fabulous celebrities to name.

The fact that we're known, but not overly well known.

I don't even know what street Canada is on.
- Al Capone

The fact that no matter where I am in the world, I can proudly wave my Canadian flag.

In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect.
- Bill Clinton

And happy 4th of July to all my wonderful American friends. I love you, USA, and all your fabulousness, too!

Happy celebrating, everyone...
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Maija @ Maija's Mommy Moments said...

You had me at poutine!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I have never tried poutine before!

Angella said...

Mmmm ... Ryan Gosling.


Happy Canada Day!

The Empress said...

I LOVE Canada and Canadians and ALL OF YOU Up There.

Something about you Canadians, I don't know why: I think it's the live furiously or die attitude that comes out in your writing.

Happy Canada Day! You have a lot to be proud of, most of all: the kind of people you are: down to earth.

Kathryn said...

This is wonderful! Thank you. Proud to be a Canadian :)

Suzanne said...

This was awesome! I loved your gun laws comment. And poutine, of course....mmmmm.... xo

Marta said...

I'm pretty sure you don't need to say anything but Ryan Gosling and you win.

Heather said...

Canada is awesome! The Science Museum in Sudbury is fantastic! Toronto is beautiful! Enjoy!

Jill said...

Oh yes, Ryan Gosling!

Hope you had a nice Canada Day :)

ft lauderdale hotels said...

It's great to be Canadian. Lets face it, the economy is great here.

Nenette AM said...

Mmmm... Ryan Gosling...
Sorry, if I put too many "m"'s in the above comment. Thank you for this awesome post.
Please send me some poutine!

Happy Canada Day, girlfriend! xoxo