While we observe Constitution Day in the Cayman Islands on Monday, 2 July, over in Canada our Canadian brethren will be celebrating their nation’s birthday. With celebrations taking place across the vast country, Canada Day takes different forms in different places but will likely include parades, carnivals, festivals, concerts and fireworks among other things. And why not? Canada has plenty to be proud of – eh!
Here’s just a few of their claims to fame:
Depending on where you draw the line between a pond and a lake, Canada has anywhere between 30,000 and two million of them. Either way, it’s a lot. Not only do they make for stunning scenery and all sorts of water based activities, but they also mean Canada has a wealth of fresh water – so much that they sell it to their neighbours over the border.
You’d have a hard time finding a Canadian who does not live, eat and breathe hockey. It’s a national obsession. In fact, Canadian kids don’t wear shoes, they learn to walk in ice skates. What you might not know is that a Canadian also invented basketball.
Three quarters of the world’s maple syrup is produced in Quebec. The syrup is in fact sap from the maple tree. Holes are bored into the tree in spring time, when the sap is converted to sugar and carefully collected. It is then heated to evaporate the water leaving a viscous, delicious syrup.
Cirque du Soleil
Founded by two street performers from Quebec in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has grown to become one of the most internationally recognised entertainment shows in the world. The spectacular, gravity-defying acrobatics that Cirque du Soleil is famed for will entertain around 15 million people this year.
Chips (or fries depending on where you’re from) swimming in gravy and covered in cheese. Yum. Quebec can lay claim to this one as well. It’s so popular that in Canada you can purchase poutine at McDonalds, KFC and Burger King.
Bay of Fundy
Famed for having the largest tidal range in the world, the water level can drop as much as 50 feet between high tide and low tide, giving rise to spectacular rock formations due to erosion caused by the constant movement of the water.
Arguably the most famous Canadian in the world, the big chested Baywatch star is lusted after by men around the world, and envied by just about every woman on Earth. However, Canada also gave us Keanu Reeves, so it’s not completely one sided.
We’re not averse to celebrations here in Cayman either. Among many events, try the Canada Day Beach Campfire with Smores and hot dogs up at Calico Jack’s from 6pm – you can bring an acoustic instrument if you feel inspired. Or if you’re feeling a bit more frisky, there’s a special Red and White boat party from 2 to 6pm leaving Safehaven in the company of Brooklyn Earick and Canadian DJ Jonesian. Call Aqua Beach at 938-2395 for more on that one.