In an increasingly globalized world, where we’re increasingly pressured to become more alike – buy the same products, eat the same fast foods, visit the same travel destinations – there’s a lot to be said for living in a country that has its own sense of uniqueness.  On this Canada Day, let’s celebrate some of our county’s oddities.

  • We existed for about a hundred years before we got our own flag in 1965.
  • Over 75% of the world’s maple syrup supplies come from Quebec.
  • We are so proficient at using the word “eh” that it appears as a valid term in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.
  • You can write a letter to Santa Claus in any language and send it to the postal code H0H oHo and you’ll get a letter back from Santa personally.Pretty cool.
  • We share the largest demilitarized border in the world (with the United States)
  • In a world increasingly infatuated with superheroes, it’s good to remember that many of the most famous, like Superman and Wolverine, were created by Canadians.
  • We have 20% of the world’s fresh water and more lakes than any other nation – something we’re about to enjoy again and again this summer.
  • The most common last name in Canada is “Li” – a wonderful fact that celebrates our multicultural family.
  • We’re hockey fanatics in this country, but it’s not our official national sport.That’s reserved for lacrosse – a First Nations sport.
  • Hawaiian pizza was invented in Ottawa, not the idyllic group of islands in the ocean far away.
  • Some 30% of this beautiful land is covered in trees and heavy forests.
  • We’ve been invaded twice by the Americans and yet enjoy a peaceful and prosperous friendship.
  • We eat more mac and cheese than any other nation on earth.
  • Canada is special enough in this world that we have our own official phone number – 1-800-O-CANADA.

Well-known pop singer Bono is famous for once saying, “The world needs more Canada” – and we believe it.  But there are some things we enjoy that can only be found here. Let’s treasure our uniqueness this summer and affirm the sentiment of Wilfred Laurier: “Canada First.  Canada Last. Canada Forever.”

 

The post above was a contribution of mine to the Wortley Villager magazine in celebration of Canada Day 2018.  It’s a tribute to our marvellous uniqueness as a country.