9 Things That Are Undeniably Canadian

Oh Canada!

Our neighbors to the North also take great pride in their heritage and culture. On July 1, 1867, also known as Canada Day, the British North American provinces united as a federation under the name of Canada. So similar to our Independence Day celebrations, our Canuck friends will enjoy a day off from work, and party with friends and family. 

And Canada really is home to a lot of great stuff that is not always readily available in the United States. Today we honor the best of everything under that red and white maple leaf flag.

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Canadian Snacks

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Ketchup potato chips. Bubbly chocolate Aero bars. The amazing invention of french fries covered in gravy AND cheese (poutine). Canada is no slouch when it comes to unique, but tasty snacks. 

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Mounties

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, also affectionately known as "Mounties," are a symbol of strength and bravery in the Great White North. Much like the National Guard or CIA, the mounties are Canada's national police force. And they have the best outfits: red jackets, navy jodhpurs, brown boots, and a great ranger hat. 

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"Eh"

Every area has its own dialect. There's the Southern drawl. The Boston accent. California surfer chat. Even though most Canadians speak English, there is also a charming sublanguage. Saying "eh" (sounds like a long A), is the equivalent of teens saying, "you know" or "right?" Example: "Bobby pitcher didn't do so great in that game yesterday, eh?" or "This pie is some kind of wonderful, eh?" Delightful.

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Drinking Age

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If you grew up living close to the Canadian border, you are well aware that the drinking age in most of Canada is 19. If you are in Alberta, Manito​ba, or Q​uébec​​, it's even lower at 18. Many nights were possibly spent waiting in traffic to cross the border bridges to descend on the land of underage milk and honey (aka beer). 

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Canadian Beer

And while we're on the topic of frosty beverages, Canadians are very well known for beer. Most famously known for Labatt, Moosehead, or Molson, Canada is actually home to an increasing number of microbreweries. And Canadians are known for drinking rabid amounts of the stuff. According to Beer Canada, in 2014 Canadians consumed more than 581,178,513 gallons of beer! Cheers!

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"Hockey Night in Canada"

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No matter where you are, if you are a fan of hockey, you more than likely know the name Don Cherry. Cherry, the flashy co-host of the TV program, "Hockey Night in Canada," is known just as much for his loud suits as well as his commentary. Cherry is basically a national treasure thanks to this highly-rated program that has gone strong since 1952. 

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FREE Health Care

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America has made strides within the past few years towards a national health care plan, but it is still not free for the majority of the country. Canadians may pay their fair share of taxes, but they can walk into any doctor and see them without paying a dime. There are occasionally some hiccups, like long waits for certain specialists, but when you consider how much medications and procedures cost without insurance, it's worth it.

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ALL of the Days Off

Canadians love their time off. Having a baby? You can have up to one year of maternity leave, with a portion of it paid. And almost every month of the year has at least one national holiday. These are called STAT (statutory) holidays. Every month except for March and June have one. Some include Family Day, August Civic Holiday and Victoria Day. 

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Milk in a Bag

So much for drinking milk out of the carton. In 1967 the milk bag debuted in Canada. The dairy industry loved it because there was less hassle with bags than breakable glass bottles. Bags cost much less to produce than typical cartons or jugs, therefore allowing the milk to cost less as well. And does it taste any different? Well, it's purely Canadian.

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