ABC’s of Canada

Happy Birthday Canada

As Canada turns 150 years old, we are one of the younger developed countries. Canadians around the world are finding their patriotism and celebrating with fellow Canadians and Canadian-wannabes. And who wouldn’t want to be Canadian, between the Timmies and the Hockey… I kid. There is plenty more to Canada than those old stereotypes that keep being passed around. While many of us love Hockey and have Tim Hortons running through our veins, not everyone does. Heck, Hockey isn’t even our National Sport – it’s Lacrosse. And Cheese Curds are only available in Quebec; sucks but true.

Here are our ABC’s of Canada, inspired by my daughter’s board book – by the same name.

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A is for

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery (published as L. M. Montgomery). Written for all ages, it has been considered a children’s novel since the mid-twentieth century. It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town. – Wikipedia

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

photo care of Amhandashambles

 

B is for

Bears – on Vancouver Island

When tides are low the black bears of Clayoquot Sound search the shores for rock crabs. The guides took us out on the water in inflatables and we were able to spot baby bears with their mothers. We even got close enough to see the bears crunching the crabs!  It was the most memorable moment of our stay.

– Map and Family

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

C is for

Casa Loma

While not technically a castle, this Gothic-style mansion was commissioned in 1911 and is now a popular tourist attraction and film set.

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

D is for

Donut holes – aka Tim Bits

Tim Hortons is the unofficial National Coffee Chain, timbits are any road trippers snack of choice. Be sure you make your selection known before the barista leaves your site or you will find yourself with an assortment of “unwanted” timbits. What the what is an Old Fashion Plain anyways?

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

E is for

Equality. Since 2005

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

F is for

Flag

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

G is for

Geese.

These little buggers are everywhere and they are not friendly.

H is for

Halifax Harbour

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

I is for

Inuksuk

An Inuit landmark used as a point of reference. Since the creation of Nunavut in 1999, it has also become a symbol on their Territorial flag and Coat of Arms

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

J is for

July 1st  – Confederation

The great day that Canada came together and signed Confederation. Unlike many of England’s colonies, we achieved independence from via negotiations, not war.

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

Confederation Bridge – between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island

K is for

Keith’s Beer and Brewery

Founded in 1820, Alexander Keith’s is a brewery in Halifax, Canada. It is among the oldest commercial breweries in North America. Keith emigrated from Scotland in 1817.

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

L is for

Lake Louise

Beautiful lake within Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, known for crystal clear waters.

– Amhandashambles

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

M is for

Military members.

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

N is for

Niagra Falls

Sharing the falls with the Americans is never an easy task but many believe we have the better view.

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

O is for

Ottawa

Our Nations Capital.

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

Rideau Canal. oldest continuously operated canal system in North America

P is for

Pier 21

Pier 21 was an ocean liner terminal and immigration shed from 1928 to 1971 in Halifax, Nova ScotiaCanada. Over one million immigrants came to Canada through Pier 21 and it is the last surviving seaport immigration facility in Canada – Wikipedia

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

Amhandashambles

Q is for

Vieux Quebec city

The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to Chateau Frontenac, Les Plains D’Abrahams and our very own Bonhomme Carnaval during winter festivities.

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

R is for

Robotics?

The “Canadarm2” or Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (SRMS) is Canada’s contribution to the International Space Station in 2001

S is for

Santa Claus Parade

The first parade has been part of the Canadian Christmas Tradition since 1888 and has been filling up the streets of Downtown Toronto every year since.

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

T is for

Terry Fox

Lost his leg to Cancer and began his famous run across Canada, Marathon of Hope, in 1980, for Cancer Research. Sadly. Terry was only able to complete 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi)in 143 days when he was forced to end his run in ThunderBay, Ontario. Cancer took his life before he was able to continue his journey. Every year, Canadians hold a local race in his name, making long lasting developments in the field of Cancer Research.

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

U is for

Unknown Soldier

The monument holds the remains of an unidentified Canadian soldier who died in France during World War I.

– Amhandashambles

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

V is for

Vacation

It may be expensive to fly domestically but we still love our vacations. I think Ryan Air needs to create a sister-company for Canada. Just Sayin’

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

W is for

Waterton National Park on the border of Montana in Alberta, Canada is our very favorite spot in the country. From hiking Bear’s Hump, Cameron Falls and walking through Red Rock Canyon, the whole area is a wonder to behold

Wanderlust Crew

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

X is for

Xmas. 

Having a white Christmas is the best feeling in the world.

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

Y is for

YukYuks

Canada’s National Comedy Club.

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

Photo/logo care of https://www.yukyuks.com/

Z is for

Zonkey

Oaklawn Farm zoo has a Donkey-Zebra hybrid, aptly named “Zonkey”

ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada

Inspired by the great ABC of Canada – for kids book. Available here on Amazon.


 

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ABC of Canada - inspired by the children's book by the same name, is celebrating Canada's 150 birthday by showing off a few lesser known parts of Canada