Happy Canada Day!

5 Things Canadians Do Best

  1. Snack foods
    From Nanaimo bars and butter tarts to poutine and donairs, Canada is home to some of the best snack foods out there. Our chocolate bars are also second to none. In fact, Coffee Crisp, Smarties, Mr. Big, Aero and Caramilk can only be found on Canadian shelves. Additionally, dill pickle and ketchup chips are unique to Canada. 
  2. Comedy
    What do Eugene Levy, Mike Myers, Samantha Bee, John Candy, Catherine O’Hara and Jim Carrey have in common? They all hail from the Great White North and are prominent names in the world of comedy. 
  3. Hockey
    This sport is an inarguable part of the Canadian identity. Professional teams have won more championships than any other country, and national teams regularly top the world rankings. 
  4. Cottage country
    Canada has more lakes than any other coun­try in the world. When combined with ocean coastlines, mountain ranges, unique deserts and abundant wilderness, Canada provides more opportunities to get away from it all than just about anywhere else. 
  5. Slang
    In addition to their regional accents, Canadians use terms and idioms that’re all their own. Where else can you say, “I’m going to put on my toque, drive a few clicks down the road and pick up a two-four”?

Fun Facts About The National Anthem

You may have sung it in grade school and still hear it before hockey games, but what do you really know about “O Canada?” Here are some fun facts about our national anthem. 

It was originally written in Quebec
“O Canada” was first commissioned in 1880 by the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec for Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day. The song’s music was composed by Calixa Lavallée and the lyrics were written by poet and judge Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier. 

It wasn’t translated until 1908
The English version was originally written by the Honourable Robert Stanley Weir. Since then, it’s undergone a few changes, including the addition of a fourth, more religious verse in 1926 and another change to make the anthem gender neutral in 2018. 

The English and French versions are nothing alike
Aside from the words “O Canada,” the lyrics to the English and French versions of the anthem are completely different. The French lyrics make reference to the Catholic religion and refer to Canada as a land of ancestors. The English version is a simpler affirmation of love and service to the nation. 

It wasn’t official until 1980
“O Canada” didn’t officially become the national anthem until 1980. Before then, “God Save the Queen” was sung at important events and it remains the royal anthem of Canada.

Happy Canada Day!

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