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150 Canadian Things, Places, People & Facts to Celebrate CANADA 150

Whether you are from Canada or not, you have to admit it's a pretty cool country. Loved by many abroad, Canadians tend to be pleasant, polite, respectful, and overall pretty chill. We are like that kid in class that isn't the most popular but somehow seems to be friends with everyone. We get to thank our laid back culture and all those little Canadianisms that make us who we are. Just plain AWESOME.

Here are 150 things, places, people, & facts to love about Canada:

  1. Multiculturalism (First country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy) SOURCE
  2. Maple Syrup (We produce 71% of the world's pure maple syrup) SOURCE
  3. Poutine (French fries with cheese curds and gravy)
  4. Hiking (Trails in every region of the country) SOURCE
  5. Caribou, Moose, and Elk
  6. Lumberjacks (Historically referring to workers in the logging industry, the term lumberjack has become ingrained in Canadian popular culture) SOURCE
  7. Lake Life (More lakes than the rest of the world combined) SOURCE
  8. Caesars (Canada's favourite cocktail)
  9. National Parks (They are bigger than some countries!)
  10. The Rocky Mountains (Notable for having highest peaks in central North America) SOURCE
  11. Tim Hortons (3,468 restaurants in Canada) SOURCE
  12. Hockey (The Stanley Cup is named after former Canadian Governor General, Lord Stanley of Preston) SOURCE
  13. Bryan Adams
  14. The Beaver (Official status as an emblem of Canada) SOURCE
  15. Toques
  16. Polar Bears (Home to nearly 60% of the world's polar bears) SOURCE
  17. Saying Eh (It's true, we say it, and we love it)
  18. Geese
  19. The CN Tower (3rd tallest tower in the world) SOURCE
  20. Beer (Over 50% of alcohol consumed is beer) SOURCE
  21. The Northern Lights
  22. Loonies & Toonies
  23. Plastic Money
  24. Ice Fishing
  25. Saying Sorry
  26. Lacrosse (declared the National Game of Canada in 1859) SOURCE
  27. Bilingual Signs (There are two official languages)
  28. Camping
  29. BC Fruit
  30. Jim Carrey
  31. Montreal Smoked Meat
  32. Pride (Internationally regarded as a leader for LGBT rights) SOURCE
  33. Backbacon
  34. Diversity (about 1/5 of the population is foreign-born) SOURCE
  35. Public Healthcare
  36. BC Wineries
  37. Terry Fox (Athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist who with one leg amputated, embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research) SOURCE
  38. The CFL
  39. The Metric System
  40. Mounties
  41. The Toronto Blue Jays
  42. The Tragically Hip
  43. Double-Doubles (double cream and double sugar)
  44. Tobogganing
  45. Wayne Gretzky, AKA The Great One
  46. The Maple Leaf
  47. Mac & Cheese, AKA Kraft Dinner (Canadians eat 55% more per year than Americans) SOURCE
  48. Inukshuks
  49. Canoes & Kayaks
  50. Banff (the highest town in Canada) SOURCE
  51. Putting Vinegar on Fries
  52. Drake
  53. Parliament Hill (Political and cultural heart of the country's capital city, Ottawa)
  54. Oil (Canada has the third largest oil reserve in the world) SOURCE
  55. Niagara Falls (Three waterfalls that straddle the international border)
  56. Skating
  57. Tortiere (A French-Canadian meat pie)
  58. Adding the letter U to words just for fun
  59. Ketchup Chips
  60. Gun Control (The same year the US reported 8,813 murders involving firearms, Canada reported just 172) SOURCE
  61. The Calgary Stampede (Annual rodeo, exhibition, and festival)
  62. Peggy’s Cove (Famous for the Peggys Point Lighthouse)
  63. Totem Poles
  64. Justin Trudeau
  65. Justin Trudeau's Hair
  66. The Prairies
  67. The Light Bulb (Henry Woodward, a medical student from Toronto, created the first incandescent bulb) SOURCE
  68. Flannel
  69. Crispy Crunch Bars
  70. Cross Country Skiing
  71. Farm Fresh Food
  72. Black Bears
  73. The Vancouver Canucks
  74. Doughnuts (More doughnut shops in Canada per capita than any other country) SOURCE
  75. Margaret Atwood (Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, and environmental activist)
  76. Ice Wine (We may not have invented it, but we have perfected it) SOURCE
  77. John Candy
  78. Whale Watching
  79. Winnie the Pooh (Inspired by a bear named Winnie, named after Winnipeg)  SOURCE
  80. Igloos (Snow huts some Americans think we live in)
  81. Weather Extremes (Canada’s lowest recorded temperature was -63 C (-81.4 F) in Snag, Yukon. That is as cold as Mars!) SOURCE
  82. Robin Sparkles (Fictional Character From How I Met Your Mother)
  83. Ice Fishing
  84. Red and White
  85. Jasper (Popular tourist town amid the Canadian Rockies)
  86. Friendliness
  87. Celine Dion
  88. Environmental Awareness
  89. IMAX (Developed in Canada in the late 1960s) SOURCE
  90. Snowmobiling
  91. Don Cherry
  92. Renewable water resources (We got a lot, eh)
  93. Michael J Fox
  94. Basketball (Invented in the US but by a Canadian) SOURCE
  95. Cabins
  96. Butter Tarts
  97. Road Trips
  98. William Shatner
  99. The Yukon
  100. Trivial Pursuit (Invented by a Canadians) SOURCE
  101. Maple Fudge
  102. The Underground Railroad (A secret network of abolitionists who helped African Americans escape from enslavement to free Northern States or Canada) SOURCE
  103. Ginger Ale (Created by Canadian John McLaughlin) SOURCE
  104. David Suzuki
  105. Boreal Forest
  106. Walled City (Quebec City is the only walled city in North America) SOURCE
  107. Bison
  108. Dog Sledding
  109. Neil Young
  110. Superman (Character was co-created by Canadian artist Joseph Shuster) SOURCE
  111. Canadian Thanksgiving
  112. Garter Snakes
  113. Ryan Gosling AND Ryan Renolds
  114. Overpasses made for wildlife
  115. Vancouver's Polar Bear Swim
  116. Ogopogo (In Canadian folklore, Ogopogo is a lake monster that lives in Okanagan Lake)
  117. Olympic Gold Medals (Canada set a record for most gold medals won by a country in a single Winter Olympics) SOURCE
  118. Education (More than half of the population has postsecondary) SOURCE
  119. The Telephone (Yup, invented here)
  120. Mike Myers
  121. Wide Open Spaces (Fourth lowest population density in the world) SOURCE
  122. Mike Weir
  123. In Flander’s Fields (A war poem written during WWI by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae SOURCE
  124. Insulin (Discovered by a team at the University of Toronto) SOURCE
  125. Beavertails (Fried dough pastries hand stretched to resemble a beaver’s tail)
  126. The CBC (The national public radio and television broadcaster)
  127. Snowshoeing
  128. Curling
  129. The Snowblower (Of course, invented Canada) SOURCE
  130. Stem Cells (Discovered by James Till and Ernest McCulloch at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto) SOURCE
  131. Nanaimo Bars (The tasty dessert is named after the city of Nanaimo in BC)
  132. Alan Thicke
  133. The Goalie Mask (Invented by Montreal Canadiens goalie, Jacques Plante) SOURCE
  134. Canada Day in Ottawa
  135. The Cabot Trail (Famous scenic roadway that takes you around the greater part of Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island)
  136. Biking (From coast-to-coast, Canada has amazing bike routes)
  137. Green Gables (The setting for the popular Anne of Green Gables novels)
  138. East Coast Seafood
  139. Roll Up The Rim (Countrywide Tim Horton's contest where we roll up coffee rims in hopes of winning cars and other prizes)
  140. The Junos (Canadian music awards)
  141. Two-four (Canadian slang for 24 pack of beer)
  142. Real Cheese (Where Americans typically serve processed cheese, Canadians expect and prefer the real thing)
  143. The Zipper (First manufactured in Ontario and was called the “separable fastener”) SOURCE
  144. Canada Goose Parkas (The ultimate cold weather gear)
  145. Lululemon (Founded by Chip Wilson in Vancouver) SOURCE
  146. Keanu Reeves
  147. The Big Nickel (The world’s largest coin in Sudbury, Ontario)
  148. Named By Mistake (French explorer met with local Natives who invited them to their ‘kanata’ (the word for ‘village’). The party mistakenly thought the name of the country was “Kanata” or Canada.) SOURCE
  149. World’s Longest Coastline
  150. We are celebrating 150 years this year!

If you have more Canadian things to add, please add them to the comments! We'd love to hear them.

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