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TOC: CANADIAN SITES
TOC: CANADIAN SITES
Canada Rocks The World
THIS WEEK IN CANADA: September 17
THE TOUR: Updated September 17th
"A Taste of Canada" - like CANADA itself - is a work-in-progress. It is a loving tribute to a beautiful nation which we are privileged indeed to call Home. The site is called a "taste" because that is all it truly can be. We want to share with the world a glimpse of what this country is all about. We also hope to promote a Canada that is MORE THAN. More than we have even dared to dream of. More than M. Lucien Bouchard and his stale posturings would have the world believe. More than a referendum away from being "gutted and chopped up" like a carcass. More than the sum of its parts. More than its founders could envision back in 1867. (Besides, the Unity Minister, Stephane Dion, shouldn't have to do all the work by himself!)
The Essential Links (to the left) will be maintained and expanded. As we add what we regard as essential links, we also hope to take you on a special tour of this great land - the True North, strong and free.
FROM OUTER SPACE
NEW LEGS OF THE JOURNEY
Uniquely CanadianToronto is not Canada. Halifax is not Canada. Vancouver is not Canada. Montreal is not Canada. The same can be said for all other locations within this broad and lusty land. But ALL of these places TOGETHER are Canada. Canada is more than a place, more than a name, more than an idea. It is a people, a dream, a season of the heart. It is maple syrup and hockey, igloos and oil wells, fiddleheads and lobster traps, the Mountie and John Candy, the Arctic Circle and Point Pelee, Edmonton Mall and Notre Dame Cathedral, Banting and Best and Alexander Graham Bell, Gaelic and Iroquois, Gaspe and Vancouver Island. It is tourtiere and L'Acadie, Carnival and St. Jean Baptiste, the Calgary Stampede and the Highland Games, perogies and borscht, wontons and Sechuan, Canadian Club and Moosehead Beer, church and mosque and temple, Mount Allison U and U of Alberta, the Klondike Gold Rush and Churchill Falls. Canada - "our village" - our home and native land.
Oddities abound here from caost to coast. In Ontario, creek is pronounced "crick." Brown bread is wholewheat in Ontario but a whole other thing in the Maritimes where it is an oatmeal and molasses bread served with the ubiquitous Saturday night treat of Baked Beans AND Molasses. In Ontario they like baked beans in tomato sauce. Salt pork is a staple in Maritime kitchens (at least it can be found at the grocery store) but not so in Ontario. "You betcha!" is a common phrase in British Columbia but little heard elsewhere. Outside Toronto people pronounce it as "Trono." If you weren't born and bred in the Maritimes, you're "from away." People in the Maritimes and in BC feel sometimes that they live in an abbreviated Canada. Newscasters will speak of Eastern Canada, only for us to discover that they mean Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces have disappeared somewhere. While in BC they always "know" how the rest of the country has voted before they even finish. They always feel like the outcome has been decided without them. Quebec has its own take on "belonging" which isn't surprising considering that the rest of us often feel "left-out" too. Not so surprising in such a large country! Maybe if we all talked with each other we'd discover that WE ARE NOT ALONE!
You might want to take the test: Am I A Canadian?.
Canadian HospitalityOne of the nicest ways to travel in our country is to stay at some of our Bed and Breakfast establishments. From charming older homes to working farms, they all include good food, comfort and great hosts.
Noted and Talented Canadians
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