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

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Maple Syrup Montreal: Spring 1927 to 1933

Maple syrup time is a special time in Canada so I have very fond memories of the maple bush as a child in Ontario, Canada. Searching for a video I came up with the following video and liked the write-up enough to do a direct quote with due credit. In the video they are making snow taffy. Snow taffy is just a pure Canadian delight! Once the sap is boiled down it is poured onto freshly fallen snow where is hardens to be enjoyed as nature's candy. Notice too how in the video despite snow on the ground there is a lack of heavy clothing. Maple syrup time signifies the real start of spring in some areas of Canada. The maple bush is a wonderful place to be when the sap is running. Here's the intro to the video:

"Every year with the beginning of the spring thaw, Peter Ewart, with father Clarence and neighbour Bev LaBaron, trekked into the woods, a healthy distance from their homes in Montreal (N.D.G.), to tap the sugar maples and boil the sap down for syrup. This "sugaring off" process was an event enjoyed over the course of several days.
Here you see the process from the first drip of sweet sap into the can, through collection and evaporation, to the sticky syrup and taffy after it was boiled down over an outdoor fire. Clarence, Peter's father, is the primary photographer. The woman is Peter's mother. Peter is the boy with all his teeth and Bev is the boy in the leather cap. You can see the time-lapse between the different clips. In some Peter is c 9 years old, and in the others he is 13 or 14 or even older."

-source ewartstudio


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