Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Monday, August 17, 2009

Canadian Firsts

  • first Canadian Thanksgiving - was celebrated in 1576 by Martin Frobisher and his English sailors in thanks for a safe journey across the Artic
  • Canada's first Christmas Carol - written by Father Saint Jean de Brebeuf (1593-1649) the Patron Saint of Canada in 1643, titled "The Huron Carol", translated from the Huron Language
  • Canada's first Christmas tree - erected by German Baroness Riedesel, December 25, 1781 in Sorel, Quebec
  • first Prime Minister of Canada - Sir John A. McDonald (July 1, 1867 - November 5, 1873; October 17, 1878 - June 6, 1891)
  • first universities - Université Lavel (French, 1663), University of New Brunswick (English, 1785)
  • first person to traverse the Crowsnest Pass - prospector, trader and HBC employee Michael Phillips, 1873
  • first official Japanese immigrant to Canada - Manzo Nagano, 1877
  • world's first wireless message - received by G. Marconi 1901 in St. John's, New Foundland
  • first Canadian train robbery - Bill Miner, September 10, 1904, British Columbia
  • first man to walk across Canada - John (Jack) Gillis, arrived in Vancouver, BC, 1906
  • first controlled-power flight in Canada - J.A.D. McCurdy flew the "Silver Dart" off the ice of Baddeck Bay in Cape Breton, NS, February 23, 1909
  • first person in Canada to design, build and fly his own aircraft - William Wallace Gibson, September 1910, Victoria, BC
  • first woman elected to the House of commons - Agnes Campbell Macphail, 1921
  • first 'Miss Canada' - Winifred Blair of St.John, NB, 1922
  • first Nobel Laurette in Medicine - Sir Freerick Bating, 1923 for discovery of insulin
  • first commercial satellite - ANIK A1 launched in 1972
  • first Canadian astronaut in space - Marc Garneau, 1984 on space shuttle Challenger
  • Canada's first artificial heart recipient - Noëlla Leclair, a resident of Orléans, Ontario, May 1, 1986
  • first Canadian female astronaut in space - Roberta Bondar, 1992 on space shuttle Discovery
  • first Canadian to walk in space - Chris Hadfield, 2001 on space shuttle Endeavour
  • first Canadian female Prime Minister - Kim Campbell, June 25, 1993 - November 4, 1993
  • first Canadian McDonald's restaurant - opened in 1967 in Richmond, BC


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