It’s your birthday. For your birthday, I am dedicating a post to you.
Living elsewhere I have realized that people generally react in distinct ways when you tell them you are from Canada, they either (1) gush and say “I have family there! I went on a holiday once and it was brilliant! ” or (2) sort of go really quiet then say “Ohhhhhh…. It’s really cold and snowy there all the time isn’t it?”. When I hear #2 response, I think “Ahhhhhhh…. This is awkward.”
One benefit of living elsewhere is you begin to appreciate all of the amazing things to come out of where you are from…Sometimes we poke fun at Canada and act like the only two good things to come out of Canada are back bacon and maple syrup (as well as beaver pelts, those cool Hudson Bay blankets and Pamela Anderson too of course) but in reality there is so much Canadiana in abundance that a post here could hardly do it justice. Here is a round up of some of my favourite (spelled favOURite not favorite dontcha know) Canadian things in no particular order.
The interior of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) designed by Frank Gehry – the Canadian wood, the design, the smoothness, the experience of feeling like you are in the belly of a canoe = amazing. Spotted here.
Unique Canadian flavours, like Montreal Smoked Meat from Schwartz, spotted here.
Architecture that nods at its early influences while integrating their new identities in a young country, spotted here.
Canadian made products that are pretty damn awesome, like this vintage style wallpaper by Roll Out.
We adore making fun of ourselves….Spotted here.
Ever heard of the Canadian tuxedo? Well this is it. Denim on top and bottom. Oh ya. Spotted here.
Lots of amazing writers are from Canada, including one of my besties, author Leigh Nash.
Our geese are so cool they are world travelers, spotted here.
A rather funny quick guideline about the average Canadian (or Canuck, but I hate that term), spotted here.
Canadians love their cottages. In fact, most Canadians live for their weekends at the cottage. Me? I love Algonquin Park and would kill for a cottage there. Spotted here.
Canadians love local beers. Spotted here.
We have a wealth of AWESOME food. Spotted here.
This started out with lots of home related stuff and ended with not so related home stuff, oops.
Happy Canada Day friends.