Monday, June 25, 2012

Proud to be Canadian, eh?! #TGCBB

Good morning! Today is a big day, it is the kick-off of The Great Canadian Blog Bash!

I am truly proud to be Canadian.  It is exciting and thrilling to live in such a multi-cultural country, but I have to tell you... when I'm asked what my "background" is?  I mostly just say, "Canadian, eh?!".  I then get asked if I mean "First Nations"... but I don't.  It's just that my family, stretching back to 3 of my 4 great-grandparents, were all born in Canada!  That fourth great-grandparent immigrated to Canada as a small child, too.  I don't feel a connection to any country but this one!  I guess if I dig further in family history, I'm a "classic British cocktail" - Scottish, Irish, Welsh - but mostly, I'm proud to be Canadian!

It was
so challenging to decide what to write about for this post!  

I want to write about my role as a Canadian teacher.  We have so many amazing discussions in my classroom about the beauty of Canada's cultural diversity.  My grade two students and I say hello in many different languages when doing the morning and afternoon attendance - I teach in a very multicultural school.  It's thrilling to be a part of a the rich cultural mosaic of our country, and to help my very young students recognize and appreciate cultural differences.  I love the way we  love and appreciate others, regardless of race, culture, language, or sexual orientation, in this great country of ours.

I want to write about the beauty of our landscape.  I have had the pleasure of travelling across Western Canada (I live in Ontario, just north of Toronto).  My family and I went on a summer road trip when I was seventeen,  we drove for three weeks and stayed in major cities, as well as a few small towns, across Northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.  We saw national parks, Canadian wildlife, amazing fresh water lakes, forests with towering trees.  Witnessing diverse lands, comparing British Columbia's towering grey and white mountains to the yellow of the flat lands through Saskatchewan, was absolutely an experience that I think every Canadian needs to have.

My father planned the whole trip, based on wanting to take us to see Kelowna, B.C. were he grew up for nine years of his childhood (ages 4 to 13) because of his father's job.  He had always wanted to take his family to see this special place from his childhood memories, and so he designed a once-in-a-lifetime cross-Canada-to-the-West journey.  I am so grateful to have ever had that experience, and it will live in my memories forever that I live in an awe-inspiring and beautiful country.  I hope one day to similarly travel by car or RV through the East Coast as well.  It's on my "bucket list".

I want to write about famous Canadian people, famous Canadian inventions, famous Canadian foods!  I want to write about HOCKEY, and TIM HORTON'S of course!  I want to tell you about Canadian historical facts!

So, this is just post number one.  For a country as large as mine (largest coastline in the world, hello! 202,080 kilometres - that's 125,570 miles for my American friends!), it will take more than just this one small post to do it justice!  We are going to continue this Blog Bash throughout the week!  I hope you will come back and visit.  As we lead up to Canada's Birthday on July 1st, there will be lots of Canadian content to come!  Stick around, eh?!

Don't forget to also check out the other participating Canadian blogs throughout this week!  Many are hosting exciting giveaways from a variety of Canadian companies! (The giveaways are open to Canadians only).


  1. Love it! I would love to take a trip across Canada. I grew up in BC and moved to Alberta so I have starte it I suppose! :D

    Thanks for celebrating our great country with us!

  2. ha....totally still call it the Skydome. I doubt it will ever really be known as anything else.

    I would love to do a family cross country trip! what a way to see our beautiful country. We have done Ottawa to Thunder Bay, and that is quite a long trip itself. We're so lucky that all 3 of our kids have a bit of the explorer in them so they don't mind being stuck in the car for a few hours, if they know there's an adventure on the other end.

    nice to meet you for TGCBB

  3. that is so amazing that your dad planned that trip. what an amazing adventure it must have been, I have the west coast on my own bucket list. thanks for linking up to TGCBB

  4. Gorgeous pics and amazing tidbits. Canada is indeed beautiful and I'm so very happy to be Canadian! Thanks so much for participating in TGCBB, we are happy to have you! Drop me a line sometime! :)

  5. I love, love, love your post!! My father also lived in Kelowna B.C, and my mom was in Montreal. My dad drove across Canada with his huge camping trailer to come and pick me up in the beginning of summer, we took our time driving across Canada from Montreal to Kelowna and I will never forget it. I stayed there for 4 years altogether and would love to do the same thing with my husband and my children. Canada is truly magnificent. Thanks for linking up with us this year! Have a super Canada Day Weekend!!


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