Hospitable neighbors

It's always lovely to visit new countries, but to hop over the border (well, before COVID) and be greeted with such friendliness is a blessing. Even more than that, visitors are always impressed by the hospitality of Canadians -- they are quick to make you feel at home.

Pristine beauty

The country has an incredible range of beautiful and diverse landscapes just waiting to be appreciated. From the ocean playgrounds of the east to the breathtaking mountains of the west, Canada offers so much beauty and unspoiled nature.

A fine example

Canadians are known throughout the world for not just being kind and hospitable, but for their impeccable manners and sense of civic duty. They're a great example of what a society can achieve with kindness and a strong sense of community.

Ice hockey

While the roots of hockey lie in Europe, the contemporary version of the sport that's become popular in the US actually comes from our northern friends. On March 3 in 1875, the first organized game of ice hockey was played in Montreal, and since then the sport has brought pleasure to many across the world.

Maple syrup

What would our pancake stacks be like without a healthy serving of maple syrup? Our northern neighbors actually produce over 70% of the world's maple syrup (with the majority coming from Quebec).

Peanut butter

If maple syrup weren't enough, the first peanut butter paste was patented by a Canadian, Marcellus Gilmore Edson, in 1884. Since then it's become a household favorite, with the PB&J sandwich being the ultimate comfort food for hungry kids and adults alike.

Peaceful peeps

We often take our neighbors for granted, but Canada is a peaceful nation and can be relied on when in need. While there will always be a bit of neighborly teasing, we can be sure that our northern friends will remain just that.

Basketball

The NBA may never have existed had it not been for a Canadian phys-ed instructor and theology graduate, Dr. James Naismith. A native of Ontario, Naismith was living in Springfield, Massachusetts, when he sought to find a game that could be played indoors during the cold winter months. From there basketball was born, and millions of people have been shooting hoops ever since.

Discovery of insulin

In 1921 a team of medical professionals in Toronto, including Sir Frederick Banting, Charles Best, and JRR Mcleod, discovered insulin. A year later James B Collip purified the substance, and the team went about saving the lives of the kids in their care. To this day, millions of lives have been saved thanks to their discovery and dedication.

Inspirational saints

Canada has offered us a myriad of holy men and women -- from the 17th-century Canadian missionaries who were martyred for their faith, to St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, who brought Christian education to Canada, and Kateri Tekakwitha, who was ostracized by some of her tribe for deciding to convert to Christianity and refusing marriage proposals.