Happy Canada Day! This holiday is on July 1 and there are seven ways we all can celebrate.
We wanted to take the time to celebrate our neighbor to the north and share how everyone can feel a little bit more Canadian. Of course, it wouldn’t be ISV Magazine without sharing a little history about how our friend Canada came to be.
We found this video explaining the history of Canada, the very, very, very, very, very slow way it became independent from Great Britain…well….sort of.
MUST WATCH VIDEO
Ok, so now that you’re up to speed on the history of Canada, let’s all CELEBRATE!
1. Have a cup of Tim Horton’s
This coffee chain was born in Canada by hockey players Tim Horton and Jim Charade in 1964. It’s now the country’s largest fast food service. It’s even bigger than McDonald’s and Starbucks!! That’s big people. There are more than 800 Tim Horton’s in the U.S. so find one near you and have a cup of Tim’s for Canada.
2. After your coffee, drink a bottle of Molson Canadian beer
(If you’re at least 21 in the U.S. of course. In Canada? You just have to be 19 to drink alcohol!)
Molson Canadian is pretty much the king of beers in the country. If you’re on a diet, this beer is only 64 calories per bottle! Thank you Canada! This beer can be found in most U.S. stores that sell alcoholic beverages.
3. Make yourself some Poutine
This is a very common piece of Canadian culture. Take some fries, dump a bunch of brown gravy and cheese curds on it and that’s how you get poutine. Since this dish isn’t that common in the States, you’ll probably have to make this yourself at home. It’s pretty simple, watch this Canadian show you how to make it.
4. Watch a recap of hockey games or a Toronto Blue Jays game
Doesn’t get much more Canadian than watching hockey. In 2013, all four Canadian NHL teams qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs. It was the first time in 19 years for the Toronto Maple Leafs making the playoffs! It’s still baseball season, so if hockey doesn’t tickle your fancy see if there’s a Blue Jays game on TV.
5. Laugh until your stomach hurts by watching Canadian comedian Russell Peters
Russell Peters is one of Canada’s modern day comedians who makes jokes about race relations, multiculturalism, and stereotypes “aboot” Canadians. His jokes mainly center around his family being from India and him growing up as a first generation Canadian. Here he is poking fun about Indian, Canadian, and American accents.
Share you love for Canada by singing songs by famous Canadian artists, such as Alanis Morisette, Justin Bieber, and Drake. You might just feel the love so much you’ll take a try singing “O Canada”, the country’s national anthem. LISTEN TO IT HERE!
7. Try some authentic maple syrup
Canada is responsible for three quarters of the world’s supply of maple syrup. Be sure to check the label when you go to the store to make sure it’s from Canada. Can’t find any? Buy some online. It will change your world.
Happy Birthday Canada from International Student Voice Magazine!