Canada, you are 145 years old today. But you don’t look a day over 100.
Yes, today is Canada Day. I decided to celebrate my country by listing 15 reasons to love Canada. Trust me, there are much more than that – 15 is a much too small number for such an amazing place!
We may be the object of several jokes from our southern neighbors, we may have a fugly prime minister, we may have dreadful weather 8 months out of 12. I don’t care. Not to go all patriotic on you guys, but dammit I love my country. Want to know why?
15. We have some of the most beautiful scenery in the world
14. We have a big country. And I mean BIG.
Canada is the world’s second largest country, with just under 10 millions km2. That’s roughly 40 trips around the Earth. Or lots, lots, and lots of football fields. We share the longest international border in the world (2475 km) with our beloved American neighbors, and we have more than 200,000 km of coastline. Did anyone say big?
13. We legalized same-sex marriages ages ago.
Canada is a free country, in so many ways. We were the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriages, and the first in the Americas. That was 8 years ago. Because as Liz Feldman once said:
Gay marriage, or as I like to call it: ‘marriage.’ You know, because I had lunch, not gay lunch. I parked my car, I didn’t gay park it.
12. We have Ryan Gosling.
11. We have loads of great actors.
Most of them have left their home land for the glorious spotlights of Hollywood, but we still love them and know they all have a maple leaf tattooed somewhere. Mike Myers, the late Leslie Nielsen, Will Arnett, Jim Carrey, Michael J. Fox, Rachel McAdams, Jim’s dad, Ryan Reynolds, my beloved Chandler Bing, the girl who plays Megan Draper, captain Kirk, Seth Rogen. Even the Canadian girl from How I Met Your Mother, Cobie Smulders, is actually Canadian.
10. We say thank you, please and sorry even when we don’t have to.
The myth that Canadians are overly polite actually isn’t that much of a myth at all. We ARE very polite – we were colonized by the British, after all. We think that a genuine smile will get you anywhere, and that there is no such thing as being too polite. Our grandmothers would not approve of anything less.
9. We’ve got cute animals.
8. We are one of the best ranked countries in the world.
Canada is currently the 6th country in the “Human development index“, a measure of general well-being and standards of living. We have dozens of internationally acclaimed universities and an overall excellent education system, safe streets, a liberal school of thoughts, a long life expectancy, a high GNI, and we are often cited as one of the freest countries in the world. What more could you want?
7. We have great music.
I mentioned that Montreal has a great musical scene, but so does the rest of Canada. Metric, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Rush, the Tragically Hip, Alanis Morissette… I could go on and on! Perhaps the long winter nights have something to do with all that inspiration?
6. We also have Justin Bieber.
Prepubescent Canada’s dearest.
5. We invented a bunch of stuff.
Telephones, walkie-talkies, peanut butter, zippers, Trivial Pursuit, ice hockey, basketball, IMAX, insulin, garbage bags, Ceasar cocktails, Wonderbras and the list goes on. Bet you had no idea all those things were Canadian, eh! I’m really starting to think that those long winter nights were not just used to contribute to our birth rate as legends says!
4. We have Tim Hortons.
One of the most sought after items within the Canadian expat community worldwide. True story.
3. We have maple syrup.
Yummiest. pancake. treat. ever. We actually use it with lots of other things: salad dressings, BACON, marinades, BACON, cookies, BACON, cakes, butter (heaven-sent goodness I tell you), over eggs, waffles… goes straight to your butt, but your taste buds don’t give a damn about that.
2. We have free health care.
Because being sick or injured shouldn’t have to be more of a concern than it already is. To us Canadians, free health care is a fundamental right and probably what we love the most about our country. We simply cannot rationalize how and why every other country in the world doesn’t have that. Everybody should have access to health care, regardless of their social status. Including foreigners with frostbites.
1. And, well, that sums it up.
Have you been to Canada? Do you also secretly want to be Canadian? What’s one of the main reasons to love Canada according to you?