Happy Canada Day

Ya know….it doesn’t get much better than this, waking up at the camp at the lake during the best time of the year, in the best country on earth!!
Today is a great day to celebrate, shoot off fireworks and go to a party, but it’s also a great day to reflect on how fortunate we are to be Canadians. We live in an amazing, young, growing country that is diverse, gigantic, beautiful, and still to a large extent, wild and free. We have three oceans, millions of lakes and rivers, mountains, small towns and large cities and a Tim Horton’s on every corner. With that in mind, I figured today would be a good day to repost an earlier article I had written last year, entitled 30 Reasons Why I Love Canada. So without further adieu, here are my 30 reasons, feel free to add some of your own !!

I love the True North Strong and Free, Canada…so On Canada Day, I thought it might be nice to write about my Country and why I love it……

So I thought perhaps I would start with a list….

1) Tim Horton’s Coffee….nuff said….

2) Fishing. The fishing is great around here.

3) Hunting. The hunting is great around here.

4) Hockey. We are pretty good at our national sport. We invented it…and Wayne Gretzky…backyard rinks…lakes that freeze…

5) Not everyone is carrying a handgun…..but if we are…we are pretty good shots….(see #16 below)

6) Not everyone goes fishing or hunting…but we all pretend we do….

7) We laugh at our politicians as much as they laugh at us….they don’t always know we are laughing at them…

8) We can tell our $5.00 bills from $20 bills just by the color.

9) Freedom…we have it…others want it…others say they have it…they don’t…not really….not the way we do. (See number 10 below)

10) Topless sunbathing laws in Ontario…women aren’t breaking the law to take their shirts off in public….gotta love that…tell me that we haven’t got freedom!! Some countries won’t even let their women take off the scarf on their heads….

11) Cottage Country…we invented ‘going to the camp’ on Friday nights.

12) Lakes and rivers…we got all kinds of them…

13) Nice Neighbors. We get along very well with our neighbors, both at home, at the cottage and across the border. We get along good with most everyone…except maybe some Taliban guys…they might say different, but they will have to agree with number 5 above.

14) Canadian Television. Rick Mercer, W5, Corner Gas, The Junior Forest Rangers, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Beachcombers, North of Sixty, the weather girl on channel 3….oh never mind….

15) Snow…we get it…we typically don’t panic about it…although we did once in Toronto, but the army helped dig us out.

16) The Canadian Armed Forces…the toughest bunch of soldiers, sailors and pilots in the world…just think about the toughness of those young men at Vimy Ridge in World War Iand

17) The Spring and Summers….so nice following the winters….makes going to the cottage such a delight!

18) Snowmobiles. We invented them…tobogans….sleding down the middle of the street in January when school is closed for a snow storm….

19) The red maple leaf on our flag…..

20) The vastness of the prairie provinces…the majesty of the Rocky Mountains, the rugged grandeur of Labrador, Corner Gas in Saskatchewan, the picturesque views of the Eastern Shore and Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, the woods and rivers of New Brunswick, the family campgrounds and beaches in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, cottage country in Muskoka, Ontario, the fabulous fishing in Northern Manitoba lakes, the Canadian Maple Leaf flag flying over Parliament Hill in Ottawa, all the well paying jobs in the oil fields of Alberta and all the Newfoundlanders working there, Wreck Beach in British Columbia, gold mining in the Yukon, polar bears in Nunavut, downtown Montreal on a Saturday night, real cowboy singer Ian Tyson in Alberta….the fact that we have a place called “Nunavut”

21) The paintings of landscape artist Tom Thompson and The Group of Seven…the fact that we have a something called “The Group of Seven”

22) The evocative paintings of Alex Coville….especially the one of he and his wife and cat by the refrigerator at night…

23) The stories of Farley Mowatt, such as “The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be” and “No Birds Sang”

24) Pierre Elliot Trudeau and his infamous finger and pirouette…and his legacy of a constitution….

25) The Inuit in the North on dogsleds and snowmobiles…

26) Robert Service and The Cremation of Sam McGee. “The night on the marge of lake labarge, I cremated Sam McGee”

27) Ancestors and immigrants from far and wide, making us a truly diverse country!

28) Free Health Care….we have it…..

29) Ben Mulroony…um…not sure about this one….

30) Lloyd Robertson, our National television newscaster who is so old he proves our free heath care works!

There ya go, my top 30 reasons why I love my country Canada!!!


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5 thoughts on “Happy Canada Day”

  1. Robert, Rob or shall I call you Mr? jk

    Are you a freelance writer? If not, you should be!

    Susan Mac Donald

  2. Hi Robert. I am so enjoying Cottage Chronicles! Lake Charlotte is as beautiful as ever.

  3. Hi Peggy !
    I am glad you are enjoying it here, so nice to hear that, and yes, the lake is still as beautiful as it ever was.

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