This is one of the first Canada Day’s that I’ve spent at home in quite some time. I suppose like many Canadians I represent those that are the curious world travelers. But not being home for some time has made me realize just how much I miss this country.
If you’re not a Canadian and have no idea what Canada Day is all about, you can read more about it here: http://www.pch.gc.ca/special/canada/11/canada-eng.cfm Courtesy of the Canadian Government.
Some of the things I love about Canada:
- Being hardcore about winter sports: I love how we just put on tons of gear and spend days skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding and doing any other possible activity that we can in -50degrees Celsius or below. I have some great memories of wild winter sports and injuries!
- Loving Poutine: French fries, covered in cheese curds and gravy! This is the ultimate warm up before going out in the freezing cold or eat so you don’t get sick after a night out of drinking.
- Spending some weeks in summer portaging: The best way to see some of the lakes and forest areas of Canada is to just grab a canoe, paddle when there’s water and carry it on your back when a bit of land gets in your way.
- It’s ‘abOOt’ not ‘abOUt’: Ah the Canadian accent. Living abroad some people told me that they can’t recognize my accent. But give it some time and you’ll hear me say ‘abOOt’ or ‘eh?’ after every third sentence.
- Politeness: Canadians are polite sometimes to the point where you want to tell them, ‘Stop apologizing for things that aren’t your fault!’. I think it’s kind of cute.
- Cabane à sucre (Sugar Shack): You’ve never really had maple syrup until you’ve been to a Sugar Shack in Quebec – basically a place where you eat everything completely soaked in maple syrup – back bacon, pancakes, bread, eggs you name it!
I could go on, but I’ll save more for next year!
Happy Canada Day!