Oh, Canada – What’s Not to Love?
No matter what city, province or any of the other wonderful locales across the country, being Canadian is special and full of tradition. Since we officially became a country on July 1, 1867, Canada has set itself apart from other nations in many different ways and has developed a unique personality in the process. Canada turned 151 this year and here’s a few things that make Canada so special and unique.
Outdoor Activities All In One Place
When you think of Canada, most people think of all the amazing outdoor opportunities, and it’s true! Canada is home to 47 national parks and national park reserves. A year-round mecca for outdoor recreation, Canada is the perfect destination for a trip during any time of the year, and often you can do everything in one place. No matter what your level of ability or taste, there will be no shortage of trails, slopes, lakes, forests, and rivers.
Dive Into Canadian Cuisine
If you want to “experience Canadian” food, you have several choices. Poutine (French fries with cheese curds, smothered in gravy) is one of the most Canadian foods there is, but it isn’t the only one. Some other popular choices include butter tarts, beaver tails, Nanaimo bars, Canadian bacon, tourtières and bloody Caesars, if you fancy a cocktail. Also, go ahead and put maple syrup on everything, we won’t judge!
FYI: beaver tails have nothing to do with actual beavers. They are a tasty donut-like dessert without the hole, often topped with powdered sugar, Nutella or another sweet spread. Sugar pies and sweet bannock are also sweet treats that can become addictive in a very short time.
Throw on a "Canadian Tuxedo"
While you make your way throughout Canada and experience the many events and festivities taking place year-round, you should consider donning a Canadian Tuxedo. A Canadian Tuxedo consists of an all-denim outfit; the jacket and the jeans. Supposedly, this phenomenon came about when the late singer Bing Crosby was nearly refused entry to an upscale Vancouver restaurant for wearing all denim. Whether this account is true or not remains to be seen, but the Canadian Tuxedo is very real.
Pay Homage to Canadian Inventions
If you want to honour the country and you’re a sports enthusiast, then you should play a game hockey, lacrosse or basketball. Most people can wrap their head around hockey and lacrosse as being invented by Canadians, but not everyone knows basketball was invented by a Canadian, too. Dr. James Naismith, from Almonte, Ontario invented the game while teaching in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891, using a ball and peach basket.
Here are some other notable Canadian inventions that you may not have known:
- Instant mashed potatoes
- Five-pin bowling
- Artificial pacemaker
- Electric wheelchair
- Electron microscope
- Radio voice transmission
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