Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day!

In honor of Canada Day I thought I'd make a list of what I love about my country. Notice there will be no mention of igloos in this post. I have never even seen one. And I bet you 75% of Canadians never will. I just wanted to clear that up!

#1  The People Two words: kind and polite. Don't be surprised if you hear three "please"'s and two "thank you"'s in the same sentence while speaking to a Canuck. I do it often. Can't help it. It's in our blood!

#2 The Rocky Mountains

 Banff National Park (about 4 hours away from where I live)

#3 Public Health Care

 #4 Poutine (Pronounced "poo-teen")

 French fries, gravy and cheese - a heart attack in a bowl! But so yummy. We eat it with a fork of course.

#5 Hockey!

Canadians looooove their hockey. And we're good at it too! Both our Men's and Women's Olympic teams won the Gold in Vancouver this year : ). Oh yeah, and we love to drink. The legal limit for consuming alcohol is 18 in my province and Manitoba but 19 for the rest of Canada. Boo-ya!

#6 The Wild Life

 Canadian Deer


My parents and my brother own a buffalo farm so I see quite a few of these massive beasts on a regular basis. The babies are really cute.

Insert story here: Above is a pic of my brother's dog (who has since passed - Harley we miss you!) and a baby buffalo named Davey in his backyard when he lived in the city. The baby had a twin but the mom was only feeding one so my brother transplanted the other one from the farm to his backyard and bottle-fed him until he was strong enough to be on his own. Insert disclaimer here: I am a Vegetarian. I do not agree with the slaughtering of animals and have never eaten buffalo nor will I ever! K, thanks : )

 #7 Vancouver, B.C.

One of the most breathtaking, beautiful cities in the world. The ocean, the mountains, the beach - all in one place. So much to do, so much to see, so many amazing restaurants to stuff your face at. I was lucky enough to live here for a couple of years in my early twenties. I miss it dearly.

#8 Alberta Wheat Fields

photo by Jay Parkinson. These legs do not belong to me.

#9 Homegrown Talents such as Joni Mitchell, James Cameron, Rachel McAdams, Celine Dion, Sarah McLaughlin,  Ellen Page, Ryan Reynolds, Chantal Kreviazuk, Eric McCormack, Hayden Christiansen, John Candy, Jim Carrey, Kim Cattrall, Ryan Gosling, Drake and oh yeah: Justin Bieber (had to mention The Biebs), to name a few. Plus amazing and successful models such as:

Coco Rocha

 Jessica Stam

Daria Werbowy

#10 FREEDOM! Don't take it for granted.



My Republic of Fashion said...

I would love to go to canada one day. That Poutine looks dangerous, would love to try it though!:)SarahD

v [ hobovogue ] said...

amazing! #4 poutine looks incredible. the heart attack is probably worth it. hehee

have been to vancouver and it's really just gorgeous/stunning. the scenery is soo beautiful. unforgettable...

and of course the models! daria is one of my favs :)

<33 [v] hobovogue

Ashley said...

Lovely! I live relatively close to the Canadian border, but I just haven't made it there yet (kind of pathetic, really). I was in Seattle a few summers ago but never got to Vancouver, which disappointed me because it looks absolutely amazing! I WILL get there soon, though. What time of year would you recommend visiting?

Lena said...

HAPPY CANADA DAY to my fellow Canucks!!!!

Lena xoxo

Marie Z. said...

Ashley: I recommend visiting Vancouver in the summer. Definitely. The rest of the year it rains quite a lot, especially in the winter. The city is so much more beautiful when it's sunny and warm and you're not stuck under an umbrella!

Anonymous said...

I love this post! The rockies look amazing and a buffalo farm, well that is SO interesting. I've got to try the poutine!!!

NaomiDee said...

i didnt know ryan reynolds, hayden sexgod christensen, jim carrey, kim cattrall and ryan gosling (basically all the people you mentioned lol) are canadian. canada and maybe australia have definitely produced the best models, i love jessica stam! it looks like a very beautiful country!

happy canada day to you! :)

Becca. said...

i would love to go visit canada that national park looks beautiful!

Anonymous said...

i miss canada! love vancouver.

xx come visit!

City Cinderella said...

Vancouver is the best!!

Miss*Kimmy said...

Awwww, I LOVE that baby buffalo!!
It looks so cute! Are buffalos very docile?

Marie Z. said...

Kim: I'm not sure if they are docile or not. The full-grown ones on my parents' farm are not. You don't want to get to0 close to those ones, They could trample you! Have you heard of Bailey The Buffalo though? Google it!

J. said...

Thanks for the Happy Canada Post-what a great tribute!
Was away in Spain on Canada day, but my husband and I sang the national anthem at the beach for all to hear!

The Backseat Stylers said...

Great post!! Especially agree with poutine and Daria! I would like to have poutine with Daria.

Style ninfa said...

Sounds nice :P
I want to go.
xoxo. Angie

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