10 Things Canadians Are Grateful For

12 Oct 2015

Which Set Them Apart (and Make Them Better) Than Their American Brothers

Happy Thanksgiving Canada

Thanksgiving in Canada marks the 1578 voyage of Martin Frobisher who was traveling from England in search of the Northwest Passage. This gives us, the Canadians, 50 additional years in North America, and 50 additional things to be thankful for. Here are 10 things we are grateful for on this Thanksgiving day, besides our deliciously prepared Canadian turkeys!

  1. Niagara Falls

Our American brothers can boast all they want, but we both know we have the best side of the Niagara Falls. The Canadian views just can’t be beaten.

  1. Peameal Bacon

Another item we both share is Peameal Bacon or as Americans like to call it “Canadian bacon.” Wonder how long it will take them to realize what Canadian bacon is really. Any guesses?  

  1. Maple Syrup

Since we are talking about food, let’s touch upon this subject. Maine can pride in its maple syrup as much as it wants, but it will never come close to the real deal.

  1. Kinder Surprise

Did you know that Kinder Surprise is illegal in US but gun ownership isn’t? What a surprise!

  1. Two Official Languages

While many Americans may think that Spanish is their second national language, let’s get real. Canada has two official languages, US actually has none. Check it out!

  1.  Nature

Canadia has a larger landmass than the US, a much smaller population, and 79 million hectares of protected wilderness. Your Yosemite and Yellowstone are no match!  

  1. Ketchup

Let’s go back to food, shall we? Canadian ketchup is sweater, made with real sugar, and is a potato chip flavor and welcomed topping on Mac ‘n Cheese.  

  1. Spelling

Honour, valour, defence, neighbour, colour, centre and are some of the words we spell correctly. It’s also "zed", not "zee".

  1. Canadians are unarmed Americans with health care

Let’s make it clear, we are brothers and we are competitors and sometimes we are known as the “unarmed Americans with health care.” Sorry that these also tend to be two things that make us better.

  1. US Brothers

All fun and games aside, we are grateful for our American brothers without whom we would not have such healthy and enjoyable rivalry.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of gratitude, appreciation, and thanks for all the wonders, small and big. So, as we spend this Thanksgiving day enjoying all the delightful gifts in our lives, let’s also be thankful for having two Thanksgivings on one continent, as it gives both of these magnificent countries twice the opportunity to take a moment, to reflect, and be grateful. Happy Thanksgiving!

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