Friday, June 28, 2013

Happy Canada Day!

 The beaver is Canada's national animal.

The long weekend has started for many and that means travel.  So if you are 'out and about' ride safe or drive safe!  

Canada is 146 years old on July 1st.  We are a country built on diversity, equality, and love our wild and woolly northern identity.  Canada was born July 1st, 1867.  We have 10 Provinces and 3 Territories.  We are the second largest country in the world in terms of land mass.

Our flag is a red and white with a maple leaf in the centre.  

Our head of state is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and our countries political system is based on the British Parliamentary system.  The Governor General is the Queen's representative in political affairs.    We spell things differently and speak the 'Queen's English'.  
          (Betty Windsor & her pooches)

We are famous for our breathtaking scenery, maple syrup,
and Tim Horton's double double (coffee with room for double sugar & double cream) and Canadian Maple doughnuts <-- **Canadian spelling - others spell it donut. Lacrosse is our national sport    - not hockey (although we love it).  Some people think we live in igloos (nope) and that we have winter all year (nope).  

This pic was taken on the Pacific Rim Highway on the way to Tofino.

Our National Police force is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and they are famous for their red serge tunics and the musical ride and they always get their man, ask Snidely Whiplash the villian from Dudley Do-Right Mountie extraordinaire.  

We are a hospitable people with our warm welcoming attitude to those who visit our country or wish to make it their new home.  We are a land of peacekeepers.    We aren't perfect, but who is.

Most importantly Canadian's don't say 'Eh' and we are not Bob and Doug McKenzie........



SonjaM said...

Happy Birthday, Canada. I am glad to be a a part of this wonderful country.

Dar, how did you know I would be traveling ;-) Hope to take out my orange Vespa this weekend.

Have a great weekend yourself.

Martha Tenney said...

Happy Birthday, Canada! God Save the Queen. The US is so lucky to have such a good northern neighbor. Too bad we don't learn anything from it.

Shybiker said...

Happy holiday! Thanks for the information. I've been to Canada twice on my motorcycle and people were so nice I didn't believe it. Much nicer than us rude folks down south. :)

Pam said...

Hope you have a wonderful holiday! I need to get to Canada.

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

HBD Canada and many, many more!

I still may get to Ontario this summer and if I do, I'll sing a few verses in celebration to my dear country friend to the north(once I'm through the border crossing).

Deb said...

Happy Birthday, Canada!


What a cool post!

We are hoping to visit soon as you are our direct neighbor on the north border of our state!

Dar said...

Your travels are much grander than mine. I am loving your new Vespa. Are you missing Canuck land?

Dar said...

Martha we always have your back - we are the quiet little sister, but mess with you and they mess with us ;)

Dar said...

Ally I have met some very lovely American folk in my city and they have always been friendly and courteous . In the late 90's my hub and I were stranded in Florence, Oregon and the towns people were so nice, they help us with our Westfalia, and everywhere we went people kept saying "You are that nice young Canadian couple" how they knew this I am still to this day trying to figure out who we were. Everyone was wonderful to us.

Dar said...

Thanks Pam! I am thinking of doing a long ride on Sunday with a couple if friends.

Dar said...

Always best to commence singing after you cross the border - the only mean people in Canada are the crossing guards - they have NO sense if humour.

Dar said...

Deb I would love if you could come here!

David Drouin said...

Happy Canada Day!

I will be celebrating tomorrow in Ottawa. I don't think I'll be able to get the bike out because the streets will be packed...but there will be plenty of watching and milling about the Parliament Buildings!

Take care, eh?

Scootard said...

Happy Canada Day from Oklahoma. Too bad we'll miss the fireworks, which we watched over Victoria's Inner Harbour last year....Scootard and Scooterchick