favourite canadian things

November 14, 2012 | 48 Comments

Moose in a snow globe

I’m curious? What are some of the things that you love about Canada? You know, besides me.

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  • Peach

    Everything I know about Canada I learned from South Park. I know. I’m so ashamed. What’s that aboot?

    • http://hellofisher.com Steve Fisher

      That’s okay. I think you should blame Canada for your lack of knowledge of Canada. ; )

    • Shannon

      No shame: Everything I know about the US is from every TV show/movie ever made. I love that you guys are always saving the world and hanging up without saying goodbye.


  • http://justinjackson.ca Justin Jackson

    Oh man. I love “Canadian things”. I started a Tumblr with my collection:

    • http://hellofisher.com Steve Fisher

      @justin that is AWESOME! Tagged and saved.

      • katie

        oh man, socks in bed…so…painfully canadian…!

        • Shannon

          NOOO! Is that true? Can’t be.

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  • http://joat.es @joates

    HRH Queen Lizzie on yor wonga!
    (i dropped a ‘u’ to re-balance the universe ;-)

    • http://hellofisher.com Steve Fisher

      I don’t understand but I love that you paid special attention to the ‘u’!

    • https://twitter.com/julianoates @joates

      on a more serious note, i do have something to contribute..

      a) an abundance of clean fresh air, so many trees, love that!
      b) stunning mountain scenery, some of my relatives refer to BC fondly as “God’s country”, so very beautiful.
      c) the cleanliness and feeling of safety that exists even in the heavily populated urban areas, a wonderful community.
      d) the friendliness and politeness of the inhabitants.

      When i visit i always leave with the impression that Canada and Canadians are proud of themselves and their country, which translates into respectability and traditional values.. seemingly a rare commodity indeed in these modern times. I was last in Calary 2001, i need to find a reason to re-visit soon.

      FYI: wonga = currency

      • http://hellofisher.com Steve Fisher

        Shan grew up in Calgary and that is where we spent the first few years of our marriage. Great city. You should visit Vancouver! That’s where we are now. : )

      • Shannon

        I agree about the safety. I feel very safe here. Even in Vancouver’s blood alley.

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    • Shannon

      And THE BEST chocolate bars.

  • katie

    And….(I might get hurt for this)….I love the winter. I totally and completely love snow. I love snowsports (and I hate sweating!) I love super clear sunny skies, I love bars and dinner parties when there is a threat everyone could get stranded….I love it.
    Montréal and Halifax. Winnipeg and St. John’s….Fall. And the fact that we have currency named twonie. That’s just brilliant :)

    • http://hellofisher.com Steve Fisher

      It is so weird for me to live in a part of Canada where it is green all year and people have palm trees in their front yards. Those people are reaching…

    • Shannon

      Sweating. Phewph. I thought you said swearing and I thought this friendship had to end.

      I love the beauty of the snow… and it ends there for me.

      I love our toonie, too.

  • http://splatospheric.blogspot.com MizYank

    Due to my woefully limited time in Canada, I’ll go with Waterton. Loved that town. In the summer, that is, as opposed to “The Shining” season.

    • Shannon

      I had a step-brother who worked in Waterton and we would pick him up. That was the only time I saw it until I took a road trip with friends and we camped there. Gorgeous.

  • Lynne

    I just love how proud we are to be Canadian. I find it’s different than the whole American ‘U-S-A! U-S-A!’ thing and it’s sort of hard to put your finger on or articulate properly. Canadians have a sort of humble pride and humility and even though we vary so greatly culturally/ethnically there is still a common kinship I always find with other Canadians. We’re proud but we’re not arrogant. We’re the same yet we love that we’re all very different. During the 2010 Games here in Vancouver this was especially apparent and I LOVED it. I had been super cynical going into the Olympics but by the end I was nearly bursting with pride and would pretty much burst into tears of joy whenever I saw a little kid waving a flag or guys dancing Bhangra in the streets in celebration. It was kind of embarrassing :)

    I also love our weird Anglo/French Canadian lexicon, words like ‘serviette’ and ‘toque’, or when we refer to electricity as ‘hydro’. How we say ‘Zee’ instead of ‘Zed’ and overuse the letter ‘U’. I love when American friends point out these quirks or are confused by them :)

    • Shannon

      YES. This is so perfect. I love all of those things, too.

  • http://murphywritinglife.wordpress.com A. Mary Murphy

    When I lived in the Czech Republic, my daughter sent me a box of Cheezies. Number one junk food choice. I love that in Canada we often vote candidate instead of party. I love that we’re quiet until somebody really pisses us off. I will cling to zed and correct everybody until I die.I love that we strive toward multicultural tolerance.I love Canadian humour. Tim’s. Gun control. Junior hockey. I could fill this space.

    • Shannon

      These are great. I love all those things, too. Except maybe Junior Hockey. I don’t pay attention to it enough to love it. Although, I suspect attention wouldn’t have me loving it. Hockey isn’t my thing. Gun control is though. Wow.

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