July 1 is Canada Day and I thought it would be good to test the boys on their Canadian facts.
According to the 8 year old:
Canada Day is Canada’s birthday which means it got alive that day. It’s 100 years old and before that it was a whole bunch of different cities. The boss of Canada is Prime Minister Bob Kevin (he’s very clear that Bob is his first name, Kevin is his last name). Canada is the second biggest country in the world. We speak French and English. The only difference between the US and Canada is that the US is more famous.
As most countries do, Canada has it’s share of ethnic foods, including ice cream, yogurt, lemonade, olives, pickles, and pickled corn (coincidentally, all of the 8 year old’s favourites).
Canada’s national animal is the beaver, but it is also famous for polar bears, squirrels, spiders, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. Canadian money has a beaver, a loonie, a caribou, a maple leaf, and a boat. Our money also has the Queen of England on it. The Queen is the boss of the Prime Minister, in case you were wondering how that all worked.
As far as famous Canadians go, we’ve got the Toronto Maple Leafs people*.
In Canada you can do anything, like swimming.
A little geography lesson: Ontario is a province, there are ten in total. There are three territories. Territories are cold, provinces are not.
If you’d like to double check any of these facts, click here for verification.
*The six year old chimed in that we also have Don Cherry, you know, “The hockey guy that does stuff, just talks. He’s
old and that’s it.” I was saddened that they did not know about Megan Follows or Anne of Greengables. Also disappointing was that David Suzuki was overlooked. When questioned further, eight year old said, “he’s the guy that’s on Daddy’s shirt.” (See “So, I Married David Suzuki” for more on this famous Canadian and his connection to our family.)
The four year old’s session was more question and answer.
What is Canada Day? I do not know.
What should we do on Canada Day? I do not know.
What is Canada? I do not know.
Where is Canada? I do not know.
Where do you live? With you
Where do I live? With me!
What can you find in Canada? Don’t know
Who is Don Cherry? I do not know.
Who is Megan Follows? I do not know.
What is the Littlest Hobo? I do not know already.
What’s the Canada song? Waving Flag.
Do you like Canada? NO ONE likes Canada.
Do you have any interesting Canadian trivia to share? Any questions about Canada? Ask away, we’re pretty polite.
*Click here for the follow up interview
12 thoughts on “Oh, Canada!”
I’m surprised the six year old did not insist we speak Dutch as well as French and English.
I think it’s part of his master plan for when he takes over the world.
The guy on Daddy’s t-shirt .. I love that one! Thanks for the smile! 🙂
Thanks for dropping by. Glad you enjoyed it. Guess we better make the boys watch more CBC.
Too bad CBC isn’t more “kid-friendly”! 🙂
Yeah, they really should revamp their programming 😉
Try having them sing or recite the words of “O Canada”…that should be good for a laugh!
I totally will.
I have no moose jerky handy. What’s the next best way to celebrate my neighbors to the north?
Tie on your snow shoes and do the Maple Dance.