Some facts about Canada attack those misconceptions

You are absolutely correct. Canada is not pine trees, lumberjacks, igloos, Eskimos or freezing cold.  Are these not all items you can find in the U.S. and the state of Alaska?

Thank you for remembering us.

As a Canadian, residing in Costa Rica, it still amazes me how little is known (by Canada’s neighbours to the south) about a country as vast as Canada.

Geographically Canada is larger than the U.S. Yes we have only 10 percent of the population of the U.S.  France has a larger population than Canada and is smaller than most of Canada’s 10 provinces; i.e. France is less than half the size of Ontario.

Not sure what a typical Canadian breakfast is. However, as a first generation Canadian, I have NEVER eaten bread fried in bacon grease. The thought makes my stomach queasy. YUK!!!  Mostly, I think, it is usually the breakfast prepared by your mother, based on her heritage.  Mine was Danish and that special breakfast would have been pancakes. (full pan size and thin like a crepe). My grandchildren now call them Bestemorpancakes, [using the Danish work for grandmother]. Canada is inhabited by many regular, kind and good people as is the U.S. and like our neighbours in the U.S., we all came from somewhere else, unless we are of native (aboriginal) descent.

Canada is a beautiful country encompassing all weather types. There are snow-capped mountains and sandy beaches.  For instance, last winter, while the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. was hammered with storms, the Toronto area had no snow and moderate temperatures.

This is information that our neighbours to the south would probably know, if weather maps on U.S. television didn’t stop at the border. In all fairness, they cut out Mexico also. The only time, Canada is ever mentioned is when “There is a cold front coming down from Canada.” Makes me crazy, people in the U.S. seem to know more about Iran, or a small island in the Caribbean, than they know about Canada!

The most southerly portion of Canada is Pelee Island in Lake Erie, which is on the same latitude as the northern border of California. Some parts of California have more snow than many parts of Canada.

There are even a few deserts in Canada!

Yes, Canada is getting much press this Canada Day, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge being guests at our 144th Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill. What a cool couple!

My family along with hundreds of thousands of other Canadians were on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, July 1, 1967, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. This is what we celebrate on July 1st.

Quote, ‘Canada Day marks the 1982 legislation that made the country independent’, end quote.  NO, it does not.  July 1, 1982 was the day the name, ‘Dominion Day’ was changed to ‘Canada Day’.  On that date we repatriated our constitution and, therefore, no longer required Britain to ratify any changes to our Constitution. It was not Independence Day. The major benefactors, of this change, was the huge influx of lawyers who now have lucrative careers fighting constitutional law!

July 1, 1867, saw the enactment of the British North America Act of 1867. The BNA united Canada into a country with four provinces. There are now 10 provinces and 3 territories stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic Oceans.

Ellen van Dyk
Grecia, Alajuela

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