Happy Canada Day! Today this country that I love is turning 146 years old. Sure, it’s young by some standards, but we’ve packed a lot into the past century and a half or so. And so, in what has become something of an annual tradition, I am marking the holiday on my blog by sharing some of the things I love about Canada. Because we rock, eh.
10 Things to Love About Canada
1. Maple syrup. The province of Quebec produces about 77% of the world’s supply, and they keep a strategic maple syrup reserve. For real. It was robbed late last year, in fact, which led to much late night talk show hilarity. You can laugh at us – but we love our syrup, and we take it seriously.
2. Gun control, which makes me feel safer, not stifled.
3. The beaver. It is a truly proud and noble animal, and it looks great on our nickel. Which, thanks to the discontinuation of the Canadian penny, is also now our smallest currency denomination.
6. Our health care system. I list this every year, because it really does come out on top for me. I never have to think twice about seeking medical care for myself or my family.
8. Our official multiculturalism policy. It says that all Canadians are equal, and I see it reflected in the faces of my children’s classmates, whose parents come from all over the world.
9. We have Target now, too, so I no longer need to feel jealous of Americans on this count.
10. Our flag, which is perfect for recreating in a festive Canada Day cake.
Happy Canada Day!