150 Reasons Why I Love Canada

Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday on July 1st and the country is alive with festivities. We may still be a baby but we’re proud!

If you know me, you know that I have a love/hate relationship with Canada. I complain a lot about what we don’t have compared to America, but I know that when all is said and done, Canada is a really neat place to live, and I do love it. For a few months, I’ve had a bit of a rant about Canada in my drafts and was going to post is closer to July 1st, but then I realized that I should be celebrating this nation on its birthday. So over the past month and a half (I’m so glad I started so early), I’ve been completing this list of 150 reasons why I love Canada. So whether you’re Canadian or not, read on and learn a little bit more about Canada and why it’s a great place!

  1. Maple syrup
  2. Our Prime Minister (equivalent to President) isn’t crazy
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  3. “Eh,” which I seriously say very often
  4. People want to move here
  5. Hot summers
  6. Cold winters
  7. Winter happens when it should: from November-March, meaning snow at Christmas
  8. Gay marriage is legalized and has been for over a decade
  9. We have two official languages (though my French is very limited)
  10. Tim Hortons!
  11. And Roll-Up The Rim, aka the month when my Tim Hortons consumption skyrockets because I love to win
  12. And Timbits. They sound so much more appetizing than “Donut Holes”
  13. We usually get TV shows at the same time as America does (and for that, I’m thankful)
  14. We get movies mostly at the same time too
  15. And music. We get that at the same time too
  16. Mountains? Got ’em. Plains? Got ’em. Forests? Got ’em. We’ve got such a diverse landscape.
  17. We have our own currency
  18. We call our single dollar coin a Loonie.
  19. And our two dollar coin a Toonie. I kid you not.
  20. Our $100 paper bills literally smell like maple syrup if you scratch at a certain spot
  21. Mr. D is a dope TV show
  22. CBC and TVO and other Canadian original content networks are pretty cool. Respect for the Canadian programming, even if it isn’t always amazing quality
  23. But there were some amazing kiddie TV shows, a lot of which I was reminded of by this hilarious Twitter thread.
  24. Our curling teams rock! (Pun intended)
  25. We’re decent at all the Olympic sports, actually
  26. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are adorable and if they do compete in 2018, I hope they do another reality TV show thing again
  27. Shania Twain (see below)
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  28. Also Michael Buble (see above)
  29. This whole list could really just be a bunch of singers and actors, so here’s some more: Celine Dion, Ryan Gosling, William Shatner, Matthew Perry, The Weeknd and also Dwayne The Rock Johnson
  30. We’ve got such pleasant stereotypes. Nice people? Heck yes. Igloos? Not true but I’m not offended either. Polar bears? They’re up there.
  31. The nice people stereotype is real. We are nice!
  32. Mounties always looking fine.
  33. No guns.
  34. Harry Potter definitely wants to take Cho Chang up to Winnipeg and THAT’S IN CANADA
  35. We invented insulin. You’re welcome, diabetics everywhere.
  36. When singers and bands go on tour, they usually come here
  37. Provinces AND territories
  38. Learning said provinces and territories as well as their capital cities as a kid is easy because we only have 10 provinces and 3 territories.
  39. The CN Tower is iconic and was, for a while, the tallest building in the world
  40. Our flag is symmetrical
  41. Our flag is also unique and recognizable. That maple leaf is iconic.
  42. A lot of TV shows and movies film here
  43. my favoUrite coloUr is grEy
  44. That being said, since we consume so much American writing, I do prefer some spellings, like theatER rather than theatre, and use them as I see fit.
  45. Speaking of theater, there’s a nice theater scene in Toronto
  46. Saskatchewan is just a really neat shape. So rectangular.
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  47. FanExpo, Canada’s biggest and coolest convention. I’ve been twice and plan to go again!
  48. We have Thanksgiving in October so our Christmas season starts November 1st
  49. Free healthcare. For everyone.
  50. The drinking age is 19
  51. And it’s 18 in Quebec so I got to hear a bunch of wild stories from the kids who went there for a high school grad trip
  52. No government censorship
  53. TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). Never attended but I think it’s cool.
  54. Anne Of Green Gables. (Side note: did you know that in Japan there was an Anne Of Green Gables themed amusement park?)
  55. Canadian music is good
  56. And Canadian Christmas music is amazing
  57. We’ve got bands like Hedley, Marianas Trench, Bare Naked Ladies, and The Tragically Hip
  58. And Canada has a law saying that a certain percent of music played on our radio stations must be Canadian, which is a great rule.
  59. Bagged milk
  60. Northwest Territories’ license plate is shaped like a polar bear
  61. We have the better side of Niagara Falls
  62. Pizza Pizza pizza is the best pizza
  63. Drake. I already listed some famous people but he gets his own spot on the list because he’s so smiley and nice and though I don’t like all his music, I want to be friends with him. He also is always repping Canada and the 6ix.
  64. Canada’s Wonderland
  65. Roots clothes
  66. How I Met Your Mother‘s Robin Sherbatsky is a proud Canadian and not many characters are. Plus, because of her, we have this iconic gif:
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  67. Basically every sport ever is played here. Even Quidditch.
  68. Margaret Atwood, probably our most famous author
  69. Captain Canuck…I don’t know anything about him, but just the fact that he exists is cool.
  70. Also Deadpool and Wolverine are Canadian
  71. We’re very diverse
  72. We have some hilarious comedians
  73. Just For Laughs is also held in Montreal, which is a big event that I think would be cool to attend one day (as an audience member, not a comedian)
  74. Our fast food is healthier and are served with realistic proportions
  75. Our government is pretty chill
  76. Don Cherry’s suits
  77. Some Europeans came to Canada a long time ago and found some new land so they called it…Newfoundland
  78. We didn’t ban Kinder Eggs
  79. Terry Fox, a Canadian hero
  80. Poutine
  81. Canada Dry Ginger Ale
  82. Our national anthem is nice
  83. We invented the telephone and the first smart phone (suck on that, Apple)
  84. We’re patriotic within reason
  85. Sometimes we make Canadian versions of American TV shows
  86. Canadians are so nice and welcoming, there’s a musical about it (Come From Away)
  87. Though we only have one team (the Jays), Canada is part of MLB
  88. We welcome refugees
  89. As proven by Border Security, we take safety seriously
  90. #BellLetsTalk every year
  91. Dragon’s Den came long before Shark Tank. We’re not always the copiers.
  92. The Marineland theme song
  93. American slaves came here for freedom
  94. The Junos are alright
  95. Cash Cab
  96. They’re not as popular as America’s network upfronts, but CTV does hold upfronts in June every year
  97. Our Smarties are candy coated chocolate. They’re SO GOOD.
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  98. But we have Rockets (the powder candy things Americans call Smarties) too
  99. Beaver Tails
  100. And actual beavers. They’re dope. And our national animal.
  101. We export so many things to the whole world
  102. And we have a lot of farmers, which I think is neat
  103. We’ve had a female Prime Minister (though she was only in office for a few months)
  104. We don’t have crazy large spiders or insects
  105. We don’t have many hurricanes or tornados
  106. Our National Parks are really nice
  107. We have that train that goes cross-country
  108. A lot of companies are celebrating Canada 150, which is so fun and positive
  109. And a lot of packages of food and whatnot have a funky new red/white design
  110. We hosted the winter Olympics in 2010 and there were no major issues
  111. Olympic quarters were also released and collecting them was fun
  112. Air Canada is by no means a perfect airline but they have not physically removed innocent passengers
  113. Netflix Canada isn’t as bad as it could be (but it’s still pretty bad)
  114. The Calgary Stampede, aka every cowboy’s dream event
  115. .ca is a nice looking top-level domain
  116. A lot of websites have options for Canadian users
  117. No countries have beef with us
  118. We’re the second largest country
  119. But we have the largest coastline (so colouring in maps in school is a PAIN…all those northern islands…)
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  120. I have a birthmark shaped like British Colombia
  121. Winterlude, a celebration of cold Canadian culture
  122. Nunavut was formed in 1999 which is fascinating to me because I’m older than a territory!
  123. The West Edmonton Mall is the largest indoor theme park. I’ve never been but I totally want to.
  124. We use Celsius
  125. Canada is one of the top educated countries
  126. We have some important but little known laws for people with disabilities
  127. The whole country got famous when Toronto’s old mayor had a drug scandal
  128. I really like how every second letter in Canada is an A
  129. The government has programs where they give companies money to hire summer students
  130. McDonalds has blessed us with all day breakfast
  131. Canada has the same time zones as America which makes TV watching pretty easy.
  132. Except for Newfoundland, which has it’s own timezone
  133. We take part in space exploration and development. Case in point: Canadarm
  134. Bigfoot is rumored to be spotted sometimes here
  135. Also Ogopogo in British Columbia. Ogopogo could and would take Nessie in a fight.
  136. Santa Claus is Canadian because in Canada, if you write a letter addressed to the North Pole with the postal code H0H 0H0 you get a letter back.
  137. Also, calling them postal codes rather than zip codes makes a lot more sense
  138. We invented basketball
  139. Beer. We make and drink a lot of it. And ours is stronger than America’s.
  140. Americans have to fight for a female on their currency but we literally have the Queen of England on all our coins and on the $20 bill
  141. That ‘Canadian accent’ that most of us do NOT have (it’s mostly found on the east coast and in some smaller, rural cities) is a nice sounding one.
  142. The Canadian Mint is making special Canada 150 glow-in-the-dark coins
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  143. There’s a town in Saskatchewan called Eyebrow. Can you imagine telling someone in all seriousness “I live in Eyebrow.”
  144. We banned the Westboro Baptist Church
  145. Canadians can order a picture of Queen Elizabeth II and it’ll be sent for free. My brother and his roommates ordered one and it apparently resided in their kitchen.
  146. A lot of Aboriginal names, places, art
  147. We actually differentiate between University and College
  148. And our school system makes sense unlike that of the UK or France
  149. Canada is young enough that a list of 150 reasons to love it is doable
  150. It’s my home

This list took me forever and a day to compile and complete but it’s my contribution to this wonderful country, and if I managed to teach even one person about how cool Canada is, then it’s been a success. There are so many more reasons to love Canada, but these 150 matter to me. With that said, I’d love to know other reasons why you love Canada, whether you live here or not.

Here’s to you, Canada. Happy 150th Birthday, and I can’t wait to celebrate on July 1st.

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28 thoughts on “150 Reasons Why I Love Canada

      • I have seen theatre in three countries, but experienced musicals in two : the US and England are those where I saw musicals. I only saw a play in Costa Rica.

        One theatre experience I hope to do and I honestly do not know where is to somewhere find a way to catch a Spanish language production of Les Mis. Some people think I am crazy for that because they assume I will not understand what is going on. Well a) I have been learning the language and b) they are fully unaware of how much I already know about Les Mis.

        And now you have me thinking about maybe going to Canada and seeing a production somewhere. Who knows.

        • Come From Away is returning to Toronto in February and that’s the new epitome of Canadian theater!
          Oooh I think a Spanish Les Mis would be really beautiful.

          • I think there is something wonderful about Les Mis that would be awesome to watch in Spanish.

            I got the idea starting in 2014. I saw a play in Spanish in Costa Rica and I could not understand what was going on. I was like, I enjoyed it, but I really wanted to understand what was happening. So two years later, I began to think I honestly hope to see another show in Spanish, but I want to understand what is going on. I went for Les Mis because of the large amount of knowledge I already gained of it and the nature of the show itself

  1. lol actually wrote my own post/list like this for next week so it’s interesting to see how our lists compare xD

    • Thanks! Yes, Timbits are now a staple of any social event. Classroom party? Timbits. Intense study session? Timbits. Potluck at work? Timbits. Donut holes? No thanks.

  2. As a proud Canadian with a “glowing” heart,” I love this post! Great job! There were some things I didn’t recognize, likely because I’m in nearer Vancouver and not Toronto, but it did make want to visit there! I’ve been close, never actually made it yet. And now I’m wondering where you go to order a picture of the Queen… 😛

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