Canadians here mark their country’s birthday today

Today is Canada Day, a major holiday for that much overlooked country to the north of the United States.

Even in Costa Rica Canadians seem to keep a lower profile, although they can be found in many businesses and activities.

Cameron MacKay, the Canadian ambassador here, is hosting what is called a traditional Canadian breakfast for diplomats and fellow Canadians this morning. He is expected to outline Canada’s contribution to Costa Rica, which extends much further than the 100,000 or so tourists who visit each year.

One of the principal expat organizations, the Association of Residents of Costa Rica, has Canadian roots. Other Canadian firms make up significant segments of the economy.

In a Canada Day message, MacKay promised to work to make relations with Costa Rica closer and better.

In Canada, Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Catherine, are in Ottawa, the capital, for their first overseas tour as a married couple, according to wire service reports.

The royal couple arrived in Ottawa Thursday and attended a wreath-laying ceremony at a war memorial. Their presence sparked screams of delight from thousands of onlookers. They are expected to attend Canada Day ceremonies.
North, wherever you gather to sing “O Canada,” I wish all Canadians a safe and happy Canada Day celebration.”

Despite the closeness, survey after survey shows that U.S. citizens known little about Canada. Many expect pine trees and lumberjacks if not igloos and eskimos.

The Canadian Embassy did not release a menu for the private traditional breakfast today. The scope of Canadian cuisine is as broad as the multi-cultural population. But a good start would be maple syrup and bacon along with some thick Canadian bread fried in bacon fat. The calorie count is sure to be much higher than coffee and gallo pinto to the delight of the Costa Rican guests.

Then the diplomats can jog over to the U.S. Embassy’s Independence Day celebration in the afternoon for another round of boca and spirits.

Meanwhile Canadians here will be preparing their own private celebrations, probably with barbeque. The Canadian community had a Canada Day picnic last weekend.

Canada Day marks the 1982 legislation that made the country independent.
In the United States Hillary Clinton, the secretary of State, had words similar to MacKay’s:

“As Americans, we cherish our close relationship with Canada. In these days of challenge and opportunity, we will continue to work closely together to address our common challenges of the 21st century. From Cape Spear to the Queen Charlotte Islands to the farthest reaches of the North, wherever you gather to sing “O Canada,” I wish all Canadians a safe and happy Canada Day celebration.”

Despite the closeness, survey after survey shows that U.S. citizens known little about Canada. Many expect pine trees and lumberjacks if not igloos and eskimos.

The Canadian Embassy did not release a menu for the private traditional breakfast today. The scope of Canadian cuisine is as broad as the multi-cultural population. But a good start would be maple syrup and bacon along with some thick Canadian bread fried in bacon fat. The calorie count is sure to be much higher than coffee and gallo pinto to the delight of the Costa Rican guests.

Then the diplomats can jog over to the U.S. Embassy’s Independence Day celebration in the afternoon for another round of boca and spirits.

Meanwhile Canadians here will be preparing their own private celebrations, probably with barbeque. The Canadian community had a Canada Day picnic last weekend.

Canada Day marks the 1982 legislation that made the country independent.

This entry was posted in Costa Rica News. Bookmark the permalink.