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Beavers and Beer, oh my!

It's Canada Day up here in the Great Northern Tundra and there are few things more important to a Canadian than our national day of pride.

Okay, there are lots of things more sacred (hockey, beer, a good toque and God Himself being just a few of those things) but for today, the day we all wear red and white with pride and bleed maple syrup we focus on the patriotic pride.

There are a lot of reasons to love Canada. We have universal healthcare and no matter what American pundits would have you think, this is a good thing. Especially when you have a chronically ill handicapped child who likes to enjoy our local children's hospitals as a vacation destination.

We Canadians aren't so very different from Americans. Sure we think that any beer with less than 6% alcohol is for sissies and the elderly, but really. Isn't it? Yes, we design our kids halloween costumes around their snowsuits, and we trot them out to go trick or treating in a blizzard, but that just makes us a hardy people.

Up here in Canada, where our money looks funny and we say Zed instead of Zee, we treasure our national animal, the beaver. We regularly go beaver hunting and let me tell you, stroking a beaver pelt is one of life's true pleasures.

The beaver. It is a noble beast. Heh.

We gave the world Wayne Gretzky, William Shatner and Micheal J. Fox. Of course, we also are responsible for Celine Dion and Justin Bieber but I like to think the musical contributions of Nickelback more than makes up for those atrocities.


From sea to shining sea, we are a people united by junk drawers everywhere filled with Canadian Tire money. We may have two official languages but every English speaking child has an extensive education in bilingual cereal packaging. They all know the French equivalents for 'free, prize and no sugar added.'

And no matter what language you speak up here in Canada, either French or English, there is always the universal phrase, 'Eh.' It's a conversational device that allows us to turn any phrase we say into an opinion poll without seeming pushy. Which works well with us Canadians being such a nice people, eh?

The things I'll have photoshopped for my country.

Don't get me wrong, it's not like Canada is perfect. We have our foibles. Our politicians are boring, our politics are polite and our weather is harsh.

But there is nothing better than watching hockey on a cold winter's night and cheering for Team Canada, the greatest hockey team in the world while humming the theme song to Hockey Night in Canada.

And if that doesn't keep a Canadian warm during our long winter nights as the aurora borealis dances in our skies, then watching our American friends serenade us with our national anthem after losing a hockey bet certainly will.

It's good to be Canadian.

Happy Canada day to all my readers. Here's to Canadian beavers and our beer. Cheers.
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Reader Comments (36)

Happy Canada Day my friend!

I wish America would get the Universal Healthcare, it is a good thing.

My beer is 5.5%, is that ok? I love me some hockey so the bonus points should make up the .5% right? ;)

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHockeymandad

Happy Canada Day, have a good one!!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ from Ireland

The military boys will be pinning that photo of you in their helmets there is no end to your patriotic endeavours. You just keep on giving. Can't wait to see the mapletastic pasties

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhabanerogal

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Happy Canada day to you as well Tanis! You look marvelous in that bikini by the way ;)

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Happy Canada Day!!! I'm in Ottawa and the festivities have begun. :)

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkristine

Happy Canada Day! We'll hoist a Molson with dinner, eh?

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjennielynn

Happy Canada Day to you!

I am down in WA state, but not ALL that far from the border. I went there once when I was 20 to drink. So Canada was good back then too, eh?!


July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoie

i wish you and all the redneck family a happy and proud Canada day from a neihbor from the province to the east. enjoy your summer tanis

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpeter

Haha! I love it! I did a little Haiku serenade to the GWN (that would be Great White North, to the uninitiated!), and mentioned a few of the same points. :)

Happy Canada Day!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCorrie

LOL! love the video of Outnumbered singing random songs!..... Happy Canada day... what do you get up to on Canada Day by the way? (Soz, I am an ignorant British person!)

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie (Lady M) x

Happy Canada Day, Tanis! We are celebrating our Canadian Beer, and our national languages over here too, eh. :D

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

he he he, you said beaver. sorry, i'm sure i have a much more grown up answer in me somewhere...

Err, yeah, Happy Canada Day

Beaver. *snigger*

Happy Beavers and beer.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharles

Patrick Roy? How how how could he be forgotten?

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna Riley

Beavers and beer are both winners in my book! Happy day, Tanis.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegs

Happy Canada Day!

PS - You can take back William Shatner at anytime now! And Justin Bieber.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Happy Canada Day !!!!! from the East Coast, NS, to be exact. What a beautiful day here....good bbq, good weather(sunny, and 20) and GREAT BEER (blue here), and our Canadian Beavers Rock....which I will show hubby in a lil bit...heheh.....

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoberta

Happy Canada Day! I think this is the greatest country in the world and I'm eternally grateful to have been born here.

I heard yesterday that Michael J. Fox is going to be awarded the Order of Canada; so happy for him. He's definitely one of my favourite Canadians. Glad he was on your list. :)

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVera

Happy Canada Day! Hooray for beavers! (hic) and beer!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIrish Gumbo

Dude. One fucking goal and I'm the moron for all eternity. Amazing...

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOut-Numbered

I'm sorry to have missed Canada Day..I'd have blogged about it as well!

And the Queen was there! I'm jealous, me loves the Queen!

I'll keep my mouth shut about Celine!

Beer, ah no!

Beavers, now that's another story!


July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUP

Cool blog! Mind if I re-post this on the Guinness facebook page to let people know?

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersandy

Here's to gorgeous Canadian beavers! Cheers!

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Happy Canada Day to all our north of the border commrades. I do have to admit, when I teach world politics and talk about world neighborhoods, we have a pretty awesome neighborhood - two oceans and Canada. Not bad at all. Of course, Mexico is our neighbor but eh.

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Happy Canada Day!

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJean

I think you mispronouced "beers" :P or maybe i'm just a bit too EASTERN!(you know further east then Quebec eh?)

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKyooty

Going to listen to Nickelback today in (late) honor of Canada Day. And, oh, that bikini? Brilliant.

July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen at Momalom

I always find CT money all over the frickin place. I really need to have one place to keep it. I bet I have enough to buy a tire by now! or maybe just some bread.

July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Tennessee native here. Beer in general is for sissies and old people. This is Jack Daniels country ;)

July 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterame i.

I friggin LOVE Nickelback!! Canada did good, there!! You, Nickelback and Micheal J Fox. Can't wait to see Shatner in S#$% my Dad says!! I hope it's good! Happy Canada day & Happy 4th to USA, from your US friends!! We love ya!! Heathcare would be great for our CITIZENS, who love and protect our country, not for everyone who lives here. We can't afford the coverage we give out, now. We have issues...haha!!

July 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrhonda

Aw, Ah fergot ta menshen ya'll tawk funny uh-up they'er ;)

July 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterame i.

Sounds awesome. . although I admit I like the sissy beer (can't help it I'm from Milwaukee).

July 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteradhocmom

As a Canadian living in the USA...thanks for the trip down memory lane...I tried to explain Canadian Tire $ once to an American and they just looked at me like I was nuts

July 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteph I

I'm so glad you mentioned Justin Gerber and Celine Dion...I'm not sure that Nickelback can make up for it although it is pretty cool that the lead singer looks like the white version of Snoop Dog.

Stroking beavers and drinking beer. My husband is going to want to move, I just know it.

July 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Loomis

I have no problem with anyone knocking the watered down mass produced beer made by the U.S. (or formerly U.S.) beer conglomerates. HOWEVER, in all fairness, the three top beers in Canada are: #1 Labatt Blue (5% ABV), #2 Coors Light (4.2% ABV), and #3 Molson Canadian (5% ABV). My point being that, by the numbers, Canadians are also guilty of drinking and producing sissy beer.

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersumo

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