I had to chuckle when I read that one of the most commonly asked questions by Americans when visiting Niagara Falls in July is “Why do Canadians celebrate July 4th with us?”
So to help our neighbours to the south, here are some Canada Day Facts to help you understand that we aren't celebrating with you, we actually have our own holidays too.
Well, to all the Americans who didn't know this, we Canadians don't celebrate Independence Day with you on July 4th. We have our own holiday on July 1. It's called Canada Day.
But there are a lot of Canadians who don't know a lot about Canada Day as well.
There's a bit more to it than just drinking beer and eating burgers. Although, that is a large part of the celebration.
Canada Day Fun Facts
I recently watched Being Canadian: A documentary by Hollywood writer Rob Cohen who researched what it is exactly to be Canadian. This documentary got on my nerves because it was so out of touch.
It was busy interviewing celebrities who left the country years ago and had no clue what it was like to be Canadian.
Luckily, it redeemed itself in the end and Mr. Cohen himself realized that he was out of touch and in fact, Canadians are proud to be Canadian. And do have an identity thank you very much!
#1 Being Canadian
Get a copy of Being Canadian to see all the famous Canadian talk about their homeland
By the way the some of the more notable celebrities he interviewed were Mike Myers, Michael J. Fox, Dan Ackroyd, William Shatner, Alan Thicke, Catherine Ohara, Martin Short, Paul Schafer and Alex Trebek among many others.
See the full list here Being Canadian.
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Canada Day used to be just another a day off work to most Canadians. We didn't know or care what it was about.
But since the 90s Canadians have found new pride in their country.
A recent study found that 86 percent of Canadians believe we live in the best country in the world.
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Okay on with the Canadian Facts!
What is Canada Day?
Canada celebrates the day Nova Scotia & New Brunswick, Ontario (then Upper Canada) & Quebec (then lower Canada) came together on July 1, 1867. The rest of the provinces soon followed suit.
However, Nunavut only joined in 1999 after it split from NWT.
Dave and I have been to: BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, and Yukon .
We have stopped to fill up in Nunavut while flying to Greenland once!.
#3 Canada has 10 provinces and 3 Territories
Provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island.
Territories: North West Territories, Yukon, Nunavut
#4 Most Popular Phrase: Sorry
What is it with Canadians? We really do apologize a lot. When someone bumps into us, we are the ones saying sorry. It seems to be a very common thing. When you come to Canada, don’t worry about offending anyone, most likely if you do, a Canadian will apologize for you.
#5 Canadians Love Beer eh?
Canadians love beer. On the July 1 weekend, Canadians drink 1.2 million litres of beer. And we say eh a lot.
But Canada's cocktail is definitely the Caesar. The Caesar is similar to a Bloody Mary except we use Clamato Juice. What is Clamato Juice you ask? It is a mixture of clam juice and tomato juice. Mix that with Worcestershire Sauce and Tabasco and then garnish with celery and a lime and you've got yourself a delicious refreshing drink!
PS, the Bloody Caesar is excellent for morning hangovers.
#6 Good Neighbours
Canada and the US do celebrate the first weekend of July together. Canada Day and Independence Day are both celebrated at Niagara Falls with a huge fireworks display on July 1 and July 4 at 10pm.
Canada is really small compared to the US. We only have a population of 34 million while the US has 318 million people living in the nation.
#8 The Beaver
Canada's National Symbol is the mighty Beaver. Yes, the animal we love is the beaver. It's very Canadian.
However, don’t mock the beaver. They are vicious. Beavers have been known to attack humans and there have been reported deaths by beaver.
#9 The Loonie and Toonie Story
Canadians are quirky. We're the only country I know of that names our currency something out of a cartoon.
Our one dollar coin is called a Loonie and our two dollar coin is called a Toonie. The $1 coin ended up being called a loonie because there is a loon (it's an aquatic bird) on it.
When the $2 coin came out, we decided “two dollars” was just too much to say, so we all started calling it a Toonie.
#10 Longest Coastline in the World
Did you know that Canada has the longest coastline in the world at 151,600 miles. (Scratch that, 243,976 km) we’re on the metric system.
#11 Canada is confused
Canada is influenced by both the US and Britain. Canada is on the Metric System but most people weigh themselves in pounds and measure themselves in feet and inches.
Our temperature is in Celcius and our speed limits are measured in kilometres.
We follow the British way of writing. We like using the “u” in words like colour and neighbour. We like to flip the “er” with “re” in words like theatre and metre.
We speak in acres not hectares and our apartments and homes come in square feet not metres. We really have no idea what rules we’re following.
#12 Tim Horton’s is slowing taking over the world
The coffee is terrible but there is a Tim Horton’s on every corner of every small town in the country. We’ve seen Timmies in Time’s Square, Dubai, and Ireland. Canadian’s just may be plotting to take over the world through Tim Horton’s.
#13 French and English
Enjoy our Video: How to speak like a Canadian
Canada has two official languages and we learn both French and English in school. But our language system sucks and not many people outside Quebec are bilingual. Everyone assumes most Canadians speak French and English but that’s not the case.
#14 Famous Canadians Born on July 1
Famous Canadians – Pamela Anderson, Dan Ackroyd
#15 Santa Resides in Canada
All letters to Santa come to Canada. The address Santa Clause, North Pole is located in Canada and all letters from around the world go to that address where volunteers reply in more than 30 languages.
#16 Kraft Dinner
7 million boxes of Kraft Dinner (aka macaroni and cheese) are sold around the world. Canadians consume 1.7 million of them. The Barenaked Ladies (A notable Canadian Rock Band) sang about Kraft Dinner in their song “If I had a Million Dollars”
#17 Lentils anyone?
Dave and I just returned from Sri Lanka where a lot of Dhal was consumed. Dhal’s main ingredient is the humble lentil. India eats a lot of lentils and pretty much the only thing the Nepalese eat is dhal.
Billions of people around the world eat lentils. Canadians are not so big on lentils and yet, Saskatchewan is the largest exporter of lentils. They supply 65% of the world’s lentils.
#18 Canada Has a lot of Lakes
Canada has more freshwater lakes than any other country in the world. We’ve got a lot of water. That makes our future very unpredictable in my humble opinion. Everyone needs water.
#19 PS, We're really Love Hockey
#20 We Have our Own Candy
Canada has different chocolate bars from the United States. Wait, you might know them as Candy Bars. Popular chocolate bars here are Coffee Crisp and Smarties. We always eat the red ones last.
I Am Canadian
We are often asked where we will settle once we are done traveling. And our answer always is Toronto. Canada is our home and native land and we don’t want to live anywhere else. The more we travel the world, the more we realize that we love Canada. As the saying goes, I am Canadian.