Our neighbours to the North: Canada

National flag of Canada the maple leaf.

Photo via WikiMedia Commons under the creative commons license

National flag of Canada the maple leaf.

Photo via Wikimedia under the creative commons license
Secretary Kerry is Greeted by Royal Canadian Mounties Upon Arrival in Iqaluit, Canada.

As a Canadian American, I thought that I would talk about our funny talking neighbors up North.

To start, there are only about four Canadian provinces that are truly North of us.  The rest are Southeast of us. Another thing about Canada is that not everyone uses that funny stereotypical accent; most don’t have an accent. It’s actually more popular with northern states like Minnesota.

Another stereotype that I have heard is that Canadians are all nice.  In my experience, that one is true, to a certain degree. I know some Canadian cousins that aren’t as warm-hearted as the stereotype gives us.

Now that we have that out of the way, here’s a brief history of Canada: Canada didn’t come to life until July 1st, 1887. Until then, Canada was under the rule of the British parliament. Canadians liked the concept of having a parliament, so they created their own form of it. If you are unaware or have forgotten since World Geo. class, the Canadian provinces are Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and finally Prince Edward Island (that’s right we liked a British prince so much we named a province after him). So the next time the topic of Canada comes up again you’ll know some fun trivia!