So, in no particular order, here's my own personal list of what I believe to be the 6 best things about Canada...
1. British Columbia
The vast majority of my father's family lives in British Columbia, and I have visited that province numerous times in my life. I believe that on an overall basis, B.C. (as it is regularly called) has the most spectacular scenery in the country.
Joffrey Lake, BC. Photo taken in 2005.
We could easily spend six months exploring just British Columbia.
2. Rick Mercer
If you're not Canadian, you've probably never even heard of Rick Mercer. But this Canadian comedian and television personality is hilarious, and he's not afraid to speak his mind.
Watch Rick's latest rant here...
3. Maple Syrup
Yes, we brought this up just the other day. We love maple syrup, and Canada makes more maple syrup than any other country in the world. Like, 80% more! There is no syrup unless it's maple syrup. It's a Canadian thing.
4. Health Care
I wasn't even going to open this can of worms because there is so much wrong with our system. But it is indisputably better than almost every other option we've seen in the world. And no, it's not "free".
5. Our relationship with Cuba
Yes, one of the best things about Canada is Cuba.
This Latino island nation is one of the most popular spots for Canadians to go to escape our six months of horrible weather. We get extremely cheap prices on these one or two week all inclusive vacations.
One of the very few things we can thank our late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau for is his friendly relationship with Fidel Castro, which opened the doors for a touristy, inexpensive escape from the Canadian winter cold.
Taken during our 2002 vacation to Cuba. Our daughter and her husband are headed here next week!
6. We recycle
Every community in Canada has a fantastic recycling program. If you follow the program, you hardly need to put out any trash. Paper, metal, plastic, and glass are all collected aside from your regular trash, and beer wine and liquor containers are all part of a deposit recycling system.
So there you have it. Remember, this is my own personal opinion. I'm sure that there are probably hundreds of things that are important to different people, but in my mind these are what I think are the best things about Canada. I was actually striving for a list of 10 items, but I knew I was struggling when I thought about putting Shania Twain as number 7!
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