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Happy Canada Day, Eh!

Today is Canada Day and as a tribute to our northern neighbors we thought it would be nice to celebrate what makes Canada great. Canada Day is kind of like our Independence Day, when its Constitution Act joined the provinces together to make one (really big) country on July 1, 1867. At the time, there were only three provinces, but the territory has since undergone some remapping to make the 10 current provinces and three territories that exist today. (Quick: Can you name them all? Scroll to the bottom of this post for the answers.) Canada’s got a lot of great things going for it and today we’re going to look at a few of its finest qualities. <strong>1. Wilderness Sanctuary:</strong> Alaska may be “The Last Frontier,” but if you’re driving to it you’ve got to cross an even bigger frontier to get there. Canada is the second-largest country after Russia yet is ranked only 36th in terms of its population, with just over 35 million people – which places it in the top 10 of the lowest population densities in the world. <strong>2.</strong> <strong>Bilingual:</strong> It’s fair to say everyone in Canada <em>can</em> speak English, but there are large swaths of the population that <em>prefer</em> to speak French, particularly in Quebec. The Quebecois have even entertained the idea of forming their own sovereign nation, which is just one of those quirky things that make Canadians so endearing. <strong>3. Canadian Whiskey: </strong>We might know bourbon – and there’s no undercutting the significance of that fact – but Canadian’s know whiskey. Crown Royal, Seagram’s, Canadian Club, Hiram Walker, Canadian Mist, Black Velvet and Gibson’s are just a few notable labels. <strong>4. Canadian Bacon:</strong> As if getting whiskey right wasn’t good enough, the Canadians have also mastered the bacon situation. American bacon is made from the belly of the beast, whereas Canadian bacon is made of pork loin – a leaner, arguably even more delicious cut. <strong>5. Ice Hockey:</strong> It’s true that humans have been hitting things with sticks and calling it "sports" for a long time, but Canada is generally credited with giving hockey to the modern world. You’re welcome to dispute the claim, but it may be one of the few times you ever see a Canadian get angry; perhaps even violent. <strong>6. Joint Task Force 2: </strong>JTF2 is Canada’s version of the Navy Seals, and they have a reputation for being the most lethal cold-weather combat force in the world. Remember all those rumors you hear about Canadians being so nice all the time? That goes for everyone but these guys, eh. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> welcomes all of you to salute Canada and hug one if you get a chance … unless it’s a JTF2 specialist. They don’t like hugs. <strong>Trivia Answer:</strong> Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland &amp; Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan, plus three territories: Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.
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