Oh Canada

This one is for all you lovely Canadians.

Thanks Jim Meyer, for this thoughtful topic suggestion and the questions posed: Why Canada? Why not Canada? What should one wear when visiting Canada?

As I have never lived in Canada, I can’t fully appreciate the day-to-day life of a Canadian. However, I have visited Canada—Toronto to be exact–and hope to make it to Vancouver one fine day when we germy Americans don’t pose a public health threat to the world. Also, Montreal.

Canada impresses me—it’s natural beauty from sea to sea, its leadership (thank you Justin Trudeau), it’s food (Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal? No foodie could go wrong!) and of course, it’s people. It’s diverse and wonderful people. C’est magnifique!

There have indeed been moments over the last several years when I wondered if moving to Canada could be an option, but I just can’t with the permafrost weather of its winters. Canada is after all, way north of us and it does get freakishly cold (or so I’m told). I know North Face and Patagonia exist for Canadians in the dead cold and dark months, but the Mid-Atlantic is already bad during winter and I struggle with that.

Putting climate and all aside, I did a little researching and came across a comprehensive list from someone named Chris McBain who has lived in Canada since 2008. I will call him an expert on this topic. The following comprehensive list is his answer to the question, “What is the point of Canada?”

Light bulb

Margaret Atwood

Chris Hadfield

Steve Nash



Five-pin bowling


Artificial pacemaker

Robertson screw


Electric Wheelchair


Cobalt-60 “Bomb” Cancer Treatment

Java programming language

Bloody Caesar


Standard time

Electron microscope



Radio Voice Transmission

Birch-Bark Canoe


Retractable Beer Carton Handle

UV Degradable Plastics

Instant Replay

Goalie mask

Marquis Wheat



Electric Oven

Steam Fog Horn


Alkaline battery

Paint roller

Electronic Music Synthesizer

Weevac 6

Green Garbage Bag


Self-Propelled Combine Harvester

Instant mashed potatoes

Explosives Vapor Detector

Marine Screw Propeller


Key Frame Animation

CPR Mannequin (Actar 911)


Ardox Spiral Nail

Automatic Lubricating Cup

Crash-Position Indicator

Caulking gun

Separable Baggage Check

Hawaiian Pizza


  • Jim Carrey
  • Neil Young
  • Michael J. Fox
  • Seth Rogen
  • Bryan Adams
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Pam Anderson
  • Mike Myers
  • William Shatner
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Kiefer Sutherland
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Michael Bublé
  • Phil Hartman
  • Michael Cera
  • Will Arnett
  • Sandra Oh
  • Tommy Chong
  • Mathew Perry
  • Deadmau5
  • Dwayne Johnson’s dad is Canadian (so is he)
  • Tom Green
  • Elon Musk

Really, what else do you need to know?

Also, to answer the question of what to wear when one is visiting Canada? Ummm, clothes. And shoes. Definitely shoes.

All you beautiful Canadians, what do you love most about your country and of course, what is this list missing?

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