Happy Birthday Canada

Sunday, July 01, 2007
You're 140? You don't look a day over 125... Yes, today is Canada Day, also known as Dominion Day (or is that no longer correct?). I hate it when people change the name of things and don't let me know. A quick check of the Government of Canada's website tells me that the name was changed back in 1982. Ooops.

Canadians all over the country (and around the world) will be celebrating the creation of Canada as a nation today by hitting the plethora of free pancake breakfasts available out there, barbequeing with family and friends, and staring up into the evening sky to watch exploding balls of coloured light (and hoping no one blows off a finger or hand while creating the loud flashy spectacle). Here in Edmonton, the Great Divide Waterfall on the High Level Bridge will also be turned on.

What am I up to in order to celebrate our nation's birthday? Not a whole lot. Never been a fan of fireworks, my family's either working or been invited to other cookouts, and I can't be bothered to drag myself back to the area near my office for a couple of free, tasteless pancakes. Instead, I made a fabulous mini-stack of homemade raspberry oatmeal waffles for myself this morning, accompanied by a ice cold glass of calcium enriched orange juice. MMMMMM. They were slightly patriotic as pancake batter is white-ish and the raspberries were red. Other than that, I think I might head to the park with a snack, a blanket and a good book and try and get some outdoor reading done. And, just because it's a holiday, that doesn't mean the world stops - there's the usual Sunday round of stuff to do such as laundry, vacuuming, dishes, etc.

Have a safe and happy Canada Day long weekend, everyone (whether you're Canadian or not). If you're going to barbeque you might want to check out The Reflecting Pool's recent post on one of the standard grilling side dishes, Baked Beans. I'll leave you with a few interesting facts about Canada. Happy Birthday!
- Canada (or Kanata) is a Native American word which means village
- Alberta is a rat free province (yep, no rats)
- Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined
- the official stone of Alberta is petrified wood
- the Bay of Fundy has the world's highest tides (tidal range 16.1metres)
- Eureka, Ellesmere Island has the world's lowest tides (tidal range 0.1metres)
- Canada is the second largest country (by landmass) behind the Russian Federation and has a population of 32 million people (in 2006, the state of California alone had 36million)
- Canada has the world's longest coastline
- we invented the baseball glove, basketball, the electric light bulb, the electric range, the electron microscope, standard time, the television, the telephone, the zipper, ski-doos, jet-skis, velcro, insulin, penicillin, zambonis and short wave radios. Oh yeah, and Superman.
- we consume more macaroni and cheese (Kraft Dinner!) than any other nation
- the Hudsons Bay Company once owned over 10% of the earth's surface and is still around as the worlds oldest company (although it's now owned by an American)
- the handles on our beer cases are big enough to fit your hands with mitts on
- Alberta has a dinosaur named after it, the Albertosaurus which is like a smaller T-Rex


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I have a serious desire for some raspberry oatmeal waffles now. Put oatmeal in the name and I am sold.

I did not know that about the beer case handles, but it certainly makes sense. I generally put a beer cap in one eye on Dominion Day, oops Canada Day, for a while to honour my dad, as it would have been his birthday today. That was a little party piece of his - yes, we are an odd family.

Happy Canada Day.

* (asterisk) said...

Happy Canada Day, Karen!

Wandering Coyote said...

No free pancake breakfasts around here - though I'm not into getting out of the house early enough to attend one! I'm going to take it easy and read, perhaps grill a burger on the old George Foreman.

Karen said...

Barbara: sorry that should have read raspberry oatmeal PANCAKES not waffles. Either way they were still delicious. I'm not a fan of the blueberry and strawberries belong on top of a pancake not on top or in a crepe. Hence the fabulous raspberries...sure they turn the batter an odd colour but mmmmmmm.

*A - Thanks :) Where's my present?

WC: I'm not much for celebrating today either. Typically it's usually just dinner with the family but this year, nice and quiet. Enjoy your burger outside if the weather's nice!

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