It's July 1st, and that means it's Canada's birthday! This year Canada turns 141, and it's my first Canada Day back home in four years so I'm extra excited.
Here's a few random Canadian facts:
- There are 42 national parks in Canada (5 in Alberta). Banff was the first, established in 1885, and still draws in more visitors than any of the others.
- Lester Pearson (Canada's 14th prime minister, 1963) was run over by a London bus while he was stationed overseas during World War II. (I always said you weren't a Londoner until you got run over by a bus and crapped on by a pigeon.)
- Of the 10 provinces and 3 territories, only Alberta and Saskatchewan are landlocked.
- It takes 8-12 birch trees to make a single birchbark canoe.
- Even though we are officially a bilingual country, only 17.7% of people consider themselves English-French bilingual (a rate which has increased over the past 10 years, except in Manitoba and Saskatchewan).
And now, for nostalgia's sake: I AM CANADIAN
Hey, I'm not a lumberjack, or a fur trader....
I don't live in an igloo or eat blubber, or own a dogsled....
and I don't know Jimmy, Sally or Suzy from Canada,
although I'm certain they're really really nice.
I have a Prime Minister, not a president.
I speak English and French, not American.
And I pronounce it 'about', not 'a boot'.
I can proudly sew my country's flag on my backpack.
I believe in peace keeping, not policing,
diversity, not assimilation,
and that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal.
A toque is a hat, a chesterfield is a couch,
and it is pronounced 'zed' not 'zee', 'zed' !!!!
Canada is the second largest landmass!
The first nation of hockey!
and the best part of North America
My name is Joe!!
And I am Canadian!!!