Look What Came From Canada

By: Blake R.

 By: Blake R

Copyright © 2017 by Blake Rappaport

 

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LOOK WHAT CAME FROM CANADA

By: Blake Rappaport

Table of Contents

Cool Canada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4

Holidays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5

Clothing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6

Places of Interest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Animals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Famous People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Inventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

Unusual Things . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

A Recipe From Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
How to say…? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20

Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21

 

          Although very similar to its northern neighbor, the United States, Canada has its own culture, traditions, and heritage. For example, because most of Canada is in the northern portion of North America, winter sports such as Ice Hockey, are more popular there than in its southern neighbor.  There is an often told joke in Canada that the country only has two seasons: cold and colder.  Also, if you like water activities, Canada is a great place to visit because its land area touches three oceans, the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Arctic, as well as the Great Lakes of North America. If you enjoy mountain climbing and skiing, there are many opportunities to do these exciting activities in Canada’s Rocky Mountains and other wilderness areas.  In Canada, most of the population speaks English but some people speak French.  If you want to relax by a fire while sampling waffles and pancakes smothered with delicious, freshly tapped maple syrup, Canada is definitely the place for you.

 

Cool Canada

Holidays

          One of the most important holidays in Canada is Canada Day, which is celebrated on  every year on July 1st.  This particular holiday celebrates Canada becoming a self-governing dominion of Great Britain and a federation of four provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec.  On Canada Day, most people have pancake breakfasts, parades, carnivals, firework shows, and concerts.  Canada’s national flag, the Maple Leaf, is proudly displayed and many people paint their faces red and white which are the colors in the flag.  Also, Canadians wear these two colors in their clothing to commemorate this national holiday.

 

          Remembrance Day, which is also a national holiday, is observed to remember those Canadians who lost their lives while serving their country in war.  Specifically, families remember those soldiers who died in World War I and World War II.  Families visit cemeteries to put flags on the graves of lost ones to show their appreciation of their service to their country.  This annual holiday takes place on November 11th and workers are entitled to be paid even if the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday.                       

 

This is a picture of a banner hung up on Canada Day.

Clothing

          In Canada, since it is often cold,  it is important to dress warmly. However, doing so will require wearing many different types of clothing. Canadian men usually wear insulated denim jeans, boots, tightly fitted jackets, thermal underwear, gloves, and knitted caps. Women wear similar winter garments but they are often lined with fur.  If you plan to visit Canada, get ready to bundle up.

 

Pets also need to protect themselves from the bitter cold. As a result, it is common to see dogs wearing human-like clothes such as jackets, shoes, snow pants, and sweaters.  Even though their fur offers a warm layer of protection it is important for pets to wear the appropriate clothing in this Canadian cold climate.

Places of Interest

          Canada has many breathtaking places to visit.  The Ice Hotel, a live-in snowglobe located in Quebec, is one of the most unique places to stay overnight.  It has been open since 2001, and is rebuilt every December because it only has a 3 month life span that ends in April.  

 

          When you walk into the hotel there are different colored lights that reflect off the ice fixtures in the room.  This create a dazzling spectacle and guests know they are in for an unusual experience.  All hotel furniture, including the beds, are made of ice.  In addition to guests rooms, there is a grand hall, a chapel, a bar, and a grand ice slide.  The bar even serves drinks in glasses made of pure ice.  About 43,000 guests stay at the Ice Hotel every year and 1 Million tourists have visited the location since it opened.  The Ice Hotel (Hotel De Glace) is considered a romantic spot and as a result, nearly 300 weddings have been celebrated there.

 

          The most famous tourist attraction in Canada is probably NIAGARA FALLS which straddles the border between Canada and the United States.  This marvelous place was formed during the last Ice Age.  

 

          Niagara Falls is actually made up of three waterfalls, the largest of which is called Horseshoe Falls. After dark, floodlights illuminate the Falls and there are also underground walkways leading into observation rooms. This gives you the illusion of being inside the falling waters.  

 

          In addition, the Falls can be seen from the Skylon Tower, an observation tower which is several hundred feet above the Falls.  If you do not enjoy being around tourists, avoid visiting the Falls because there are crowds of people at this popular attraction.

 

These are pictures of rooms in the Ice Hotel 

Animals

          Canada has some unique animals that you won’t find anywhere in the United States of America.  The Canada Lynx is a mamal which is often mistaken for a domestic cat even though it is twice the size.  It has small antler like projections out of its ears and dense long fur to protect it from its cold habitat.  It is 18-24 pounds and stands 19-22 inches tall.  The Canada Lynx is an exotic creature that can be kept as a pet.

        

          The Wolverine is another animal found in Canada.  This animal makes their home inside deep snow tunnels.  The Wolverine has a lifespan of 5-13 years and it also has a large nose used for sniffing prey.  Due to global warming, the population of the Wolverine is decreasing because there is a lack of snow.  Without the Wolverine it would be uppseting not being able to enjoy the beauty of this animal.

 

Canada Lynx

Wolverine 

Famous People

          Canada has many well-known film actors such as Ryan Gosling.  Gosling was born on November 12, 1980 in Ontario, Canada. Ryan always loved to watch movies and decided to become an actor at the young age of 13.  

 

          His first screen appearance was in 1993 on the Mickey Mouse Club, a television show.  Ryan Gosling is now 36 and has appeared in many popular movies.  In January 2017, he earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in the movie La La Land.

 

          Ryan Gosling began dating Canadian actress RachelMcAdams when they met on the set of The Notebook. Like Ryan Gosling, McAdams discovered her passion for acting at age 12 by also watching movies.  

 

          After she appeared in Mean Girls, (2004) she became a world-famous actress.  Since then, she has received many awards from MTV, the Teen Choice Award, and the Screen Actors Guild.  She has now been in approximately 20 movies and is still continuing her acting career at age 38.  Rachel McAdams makes her home in Toronto, Canada.  

 

          Because of these two Canadian actors, the whole world can enjoy award winning movies that were made famous by their talent and hard work.

 

Rachel McAdams

Ryan Gosling

Inventions

          Many of the great inventions we are familiar with today were made in Canada.  One example is peanut butter, a universal comfort food.  It was invented by Marcellus Gilmore Edson in 1884 who thought it would be a good food for people who had difficulty eating or chewing.  Because of this creation, people all over the world can enjoy this delicious creamy treat.

 

          In addition, another great Canadian invention was the odometer. Invented by Samuel McKeen in 1854, this device allowed people to know how far they had traveled in their cars.  This was an important invention because it paved the way for other systems of navigation.   

 

         One of the most helpful inventions we use in life is the egg carton which was created in British Columbia in 1911. Because eggs are so fragile and can be easily broken, inventing a safe way to store them was necessary.  

 

          The egg carton is conveniently partitioned into twelve parts and can hold the eggs without causing damage.  Nothing is worse than cleaning up the mess of  broken eggs.   Because of this clever invention, life in the kitchen is now easier.

 

Peanut Butter                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odometer                                                     Egg Carton

Unusual Things

        In comparsion to the United States, Canada has many unusual ways of doing things.  For example, Canadians sell their milk in bags which is different than the containers here in the United States.  They do not use the milk from the bag. Instead, it is poured into a special container and stirred for about 20 minutes.  This seems to be a very inconveniente way to enjoy your favorite beverage.

 

 

      For example, the Canadian factory that makes Swedish Fish produces different flavors of this candy other than the red flavor we are accustomed to having here in the United States.  Some of these flavors include cherry, raspberry, fruit punch and the more exotic lingonberry.  If you like Swedish Fish you might want to go to Canada to try these other flavors.

 

          

Milk in a bag

          Canada is a huge country with different types of delicious foods to choose from. For example, an unusual food is Poutine which is like Elvis Fries found on menus in New York and New Jersey diners. This food originated in the 1950’s and now is one of Canada’s main dishes. Poutine is served with a peppery meat and  gravy on the side. 

 

          Another food that is unique to Canada is Ketchup chips. This unusual red colored snack is almost equivalent to Doritos. When you eat these chips, they will most likely leave your hands dyed red.  Ketchup chips are low in sodium, but they are considered an unhealthy snack.  A trip to Canda is not complete until you have tried Poutine and Ketchup chips.

 

 

Food

Poutine

Maple Syrup

A Recipe From Canada 

            Mac and Cheese is everyone's favorite food because people love the taste of melted cheese.  In Canada, they add lobster to this classic food. A great thing about making this delicious dish is that you can add as much cheese and lobster as you like.  Now go ahead and start making one of Canada’s best tasting foods.

 

 Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe

 

Equipment

 

1. Cheese shredder

2. About 10 bowls

3. 1 Measuring cup

4. 1 Set of measuring spoons

5. An oven

6. Cutting knives

7. Cutting board

 

 

Ingredients

 

Bechamel (cream sauce)

¼ cup butter

3 and ¼ tablespoons diced onions

¼ cup flour

4 cup whole milk

1 lemongrass stick

½ cup whipping cream (heavy cream)

Salt and pepper

Mornay sauce

4 cup thin bechamel

⅒ cup Grano Padano cheese or Parmesan

¼ cup shredded gruyere cheese

Lobster Mac & Cheese Assembly

1 (16 ounce) package Torchietti or macaroni

2 oz lobster meat

Truffle oil

1 Tbsp butter

Truffles slices or peeling (optional)

¼ tsp salt

⅒ tsp ground pepper

 

 

A Recipe From Canada (Continued)

Directions

Bechamel (cream sauce)

1. Melt butter in a thick bottomed pot.

2. Add onions and saute for 2-3 minutes.

3. Add flour and form roux, cook for 2-3 minutes, until light golden colour (not too dark).

4. Add milk 1/3 at a time stirring constantly.

5. Add a stick of lemongrass and let cook for 10-20 minutes or until raw starch taste is gone.

6. Add cream and reduce sauce.

7. Salt and pepper to taste.

 

Mornay sauce

1. In a pot, heat all ingredients until melted.

2. Cook for 4-5 minutes.

Lobster Mac & Cheese Assembly

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.

2. Add the pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes or until al dente; drain well.

3. In a pan mix 1 cup of cooked macaroni with ½ cup of Mornay sauce, sauté.

4. In a different pan warm up lobster meat with butter.

5. Place pasta in a serving dish, add a drizzle of white truffle oil and slices of truffle (optional).

6. Put lobster meat and the lobster infused butter from the cooking pan on top of the pasta.

 

How to say...?

People in Canada speak French.  Try saying some words in French for yourself.

 

English                                     French                         Pronunciation              

 

Hello……………………………Bonjour…………………..bon-jour

Goodbye……………………….Au Revoir………………..au-rev-oir

Please…………………………..S'il vous plaît…………...sil-vous-play

Thank You……………………...Je vous remercie……… je-vous-remercie

Chocolate………………………Chocolat………………...cho-co-lat

Dog…………………………….Chien……………………..chien

Cat……………………………..Chat……………………....chat

Music…………………………..La musique……………….la-mus-ique

Flag…………………………….Drapeau………………….drap-eau

 

Conclusion

          Canada is the second largest country in the world whose land mass extends to three oceans.  This is why it’s Motto is “From sea to sea.”  Because of its outdoor beauty, friendly people, diverse English, French, and First Nations heritage, Canada is a fascinating place to visit.  While Canada is often thought of as the big white space above the USA, it is actually a dynamic society with many things to admire, taste, and see.