Oh Canada… A Mari Usque Ad Mare – From Sea to Sea!

Oh Canada

So with last week being both Canada Day (July 1st) and Independence Day (July 4th) for our American Friends… it got me thinking about this great nation that we live in. Canada. Sure, we get teased a lot about being nice and polite. We would respond, but you know, it wouldn’t be nice or polite. But truth be told, Canada really is an amazing country.

I mean to start off, we’re huge. I mean colossal. We’re the world’s second largest country (9,984,670 square kilometres or 3,854,085 square miles), right behind Russia. We’re letting Russia have that one, they seem to want it more. At around 2 million lakes, we have more lakes than the rest of the world’s lakes, combined! Heck, our Great Lakes alone contain about 18% of the world’s fresh lake water.

It can get cold here… I mean really cold, with the lowest temperature on record being -81.4 degrees Fahrenheit or -63 Celsius (this was back in 1947). But that’s okay, when it dips down that low, parts of the Atlantic Ocean sometimes freeze, and we play hockey on it.

Speaking of sports… Hockey, while it may be what we are known for is NOT our official sport. That honour actually goes to Lacrosse. But did you know that Basketball was invented by a Canadian? Dr. James Naismith created the sport when tasked with devising an indoor winter sport at the YMCA training school where he taught in Springfield, Massachusetts. He wanted an activity that stressed skill, not necessarily strength… and the rest is history!

But what about food? I mean, this is a food blog after all, right? Well, Canadians love their food! There are plenty of classics, which unfortunately are not kosher, such as peameal bacon, real poutine and Kraft Dinner (boxed macaroni and cheese). But there are plenty of other regional favourites that the kosher consumer can feast upon. So, for the next 13 entries (10 provinces and 3 territories), I will bring you a local dish that celebrates the land that it comes from and all that is wonderfully Canadian!

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