Look What Came From
By George S.
Look What Came From
By George S.
Festivals and Holidays.................................16
How to Make Poutine...................................18
Table of Contents
This is a Canadian dollar-coin.
Have you ever heard of a place where they call a dollar coin a loonie? What about a festival called the Calgary Stampede? A place that is the second largest country in the world (by size) yet only home to about 36,000,000 people? Or the fantastic WWE wrestler now actor Dwayne Johnson? Well, they are all in a place located near the top of North America, called Canada. Canada has funny words, cool festivals, awesome celebrities, unbelievable facts, and so much more. Canada is like a frozen wonderland, so why don't we go on a journey, to the wonderful world of Canada.
Actor Dwayne Johnson
This is a Canadian Moose.
Canadians consume a variety of foods. They eat generally a western diet. If you have meat(beef, pork, or poultry), potatoes, rice, and some sort of vegetable, then you have yourself a normal Canadian suppertime meal.
In the olden times, near the Atlantic provinces, they used to eat a lot of seafood. But they don't always prefer a home cooked meal. Sometimes, they like going out to fast food chains. A popular fast food chain in Canada is Tim Horton's.
But, Canada is also a great place for farming. They have over 111.2 million acres of farmland. One of there biggest things they grow is wheat. Wheat in Canada is mostly grown in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba. Canadians also like to eat a lot of fruits, such as apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums, and more. Most of their fruit is grown in the Okanagan Valley.
An example of a typical Canadian suppertime meal.
And, before you turn that page, don't forget one of the things they are most noted for: Maple syrup. Canada is a gold mine when it comes to maple syrup. Maple syrup originated in Canada, 100% pure and natural, and only three out of 13 species of maple trees are used for syrup in Canada. Canada produces 71% of the world's pure syrup. That's a lot of syrup! And, it is made in none other than their province of beautiful Quebec. Okay, now you can turn that page.
Did you know that in 2016,
Canada's exports of maple
syrup was about C$ 487
million ( about $360 million)?
That's a whole lot of money!
This is a pie chart comparing the gallons of maple syrup Canada produced compared to the U.S., and quite possibly the world.
Canadian maple syrup
Canada is a pretty stylish country. But, a lot of the time what they wear has to do with the weather. So a lot of the time, they are wearing things to keep themselves nice and cozy. One thing they wear is a parka. This is a large windproof jacket with a hood, designed to be worn in cold weather. Another thing they wear is called a tuque [too-ke]. A tuque is a small, round, close fitting hat. The outfit is comprised of ear muffs, scarves, gloves, mittens, various jackets and so on. All of these clothes are unisex, so both men and women wear these clothing a lot.
These are Olympians and their clothing collection in 2010. These are Olympians, but average Canadians wear things like this too.
In older times, Canada was very fashionable. A lot of clothes were expensive. The traditional clothing of Canada originated with the Native Americans. There were a lot of tribes, and each tribe had their own special garment, jewelry and style of face painting. Since the tribes were pretty spaced out, they usually were able to keep their own style of clothing. But, when the colonizers started rolling in, they lost a lot of land, and were forced to live closer together, where a lot of their clothing got merged or inspired from other tribes. The popular wearing at that time was feather headdresses, fringed buckskin, and woven blankets. And in the 19th century Native Indians were wearing beaded jackets and shirts, woolen sweaters, Seminole patchwork skirts, ribbon shirts, satin shawls, jingle dresses, broad ribbon applique, and the Cherokee tear dress. But then the Colonial period happened. During this time, a lot of settlers were immigrating to Canada, and most of them were European. And since the people coming in were European, the clothing was mostly men's wigs, rich fabrics and elegant laces. But that was for the wealthy people. The people who weren't so wealthy had much more simpler clothing, and a lot of the time it was made by workers like themselves, but sometimes, they would get pieces of clothing from local weavers or other craftsmen.
This picture is showing the garment of new settlers in the 18th century.
This is a picture of Canadian Native Americans. It's a tribe called Blackfoot, and they are making sweet grass medicine for a ceremony.
There were a lot of fascinating inventions that were made in Canada, and they range from science instruments, to sports known around the world. So why don't we take a look at them.
There were some really famous sports made in Canada, like Basketball. Yep, a sport you probably know and love was made by James Naismith, a Canadian-American physical educator, who created the sport in 1891. Another sport fantasized around the world created in Canada was Lacrosse, and Ice Hockey. Lacrosse was arranged by William George Beers in around 1860 (originally made by Native Indians), and Ice Hockey's inventor was unknown, but it was invented in 19th-century Canada. Way to keep up on today's sports!
A famous science tool made in Canada was called the electron microscope. The original light microscope was made in 1590 by an intelligent man named Zacharias Janssen, instead of the electron microscope made in 1937 by Eli Franklin Burton, Cecil Hall, James Hiller, And Albert Prebus. The light microscope used visible light to see trough, but the electron microscope uses beams of electrons instead. Pretty neat if I do say so myself.
Creator of Basketball James Naismith. He made the game in Springfield, Massachusetts, but he was native to Almonte, Canada.
George Klein working on the electric wheelchair in 1952.
Joseph-Armand Bombardier with his latest model of the snowmobile.
Canadians also invented some revolutionary modes of transportation. One thing was the Snowmobile. It was invented by Joseph-Armand Bombardier in 1958, and has remained a main form of transportation ever since. Another thing that revolutionized the world was the electric wheelchair, made in Hamilton, Ontario by George Klein to help World War II veterans. But that changed the world. Think about all the people who couldn't use normal wheelchairs on their own because they could barely move. With this invention, so many people were able to not only get the help they needed, but they were able to help themselves.
Canada is pretty into music. Not only that, they have a lot of popular singers from their big Northern North American country. Let's see who they are.
Trivia time: name the singer who made his debut song in 2009, but ultimately became famous after his hit song "Baby" in 2010, and kept growing and growing in popularity? If you guessed Justin Bieber, you are right. Justin Bieber was born on March 1, 1994 in Ontario, Canada. Over his years of fame, he's gone from being one of the most hated musicians of that era, to one of the most known and popular in the world.
Another singer who has recently climbed in popularity is Shawn Mendes. Shawn was born on August 8, 1998 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. After his hit song Stitches, Mendes has kept growing in popularity, and won't be stopping any time soon.
Did you know that one of Canada's favorite music genres is Rock?
They are also home to the fabulous Rock singer Avril Lavigne.
But besides those pop singers, Canada is really into Rock music. They listen to several different types of rock, such as Pop Rock, Progressive Rock, Country Rock, Folk Rock, Hand Rock, Punk Rock, Metal and Indie Rock. There are also a lot of famous rock muscicians such as Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion, Joni Mitchell and so much more.
Another music genre popular in Canada is Canadian country music. There are some popular singers such as Paul Brandt, Bret Kissel, Tim Hicks, Neil Young, Johnny Reid, Jess Moskaluke and so much more.
Michael J. Fox
Keanu Reeves in The Matrix.
There were a lot of cool famous people from Canada. Ranging from comedians, to wrestlers. So lets take a look at some of them.
Let's see some of their actors. What about the actor who starred in the 1999 film that was known around the world because of how ground breaking it was? The star of The Matrix, Keanu Reeves. Keanu Reeves was actually born in Lebanon, and was also Chinese and Hawaiian, but finally moved to Ontario, Canada when he was about 15 years old.
Keanu Reeves is cool, but what about an actor who stared in the trilogy starting in 1985, where he played a young boy time traveling? Well, it's no other than Michael J. Fox. Michael was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He was diagnosed with Parkinson Disease when he was just 29, but that didn't stop him. He kept going, and starred in more movies such as Doc Hollywood, Stuart Little, The American President and so many more.
Lets talk about some Canadian athletes. How about one of the greatest Ice Hockey players of all time? That's Wayne Gretzky. Wayne was born on January 26, 1961 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He started playing in 1979 for the Edmonton Oilers. He then played played for the Los Angeles Kings in 1988. Then the St. Louis Blues in 1996, and finally the New York Rangers from 1996 to 1999. And from year one, he has proved to earn the title, of one of the greatest Ice Hockey players of all time.
And last but not least, we have the former WWE star now actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He was born in Hayward, California in 1972. Though he was not born in Canada, his father was born in Nova Scotia, where he moved to Toronto when he was 16 to pursue wrestling, which encouraged Dwayne to get into wrestling. Johnson was in the WWE from 1996 to 2004. Then, he went into the wonderful world of acting. He has kept his rein as a WWE legend, and a phenomenal actor.
Famous People (Continued)
There were a lot of toys invented in Canada. But why don't we go over some of the really cool ones, that are known around the world.
The sport Ice Hockey was invented in Canada. But did you know that the table top version that everyone can play was also invented in Canada? It was invented by Donald H. Munro is 1932. Because this was the time of the depression, it was hard to find Christmas presents. So, he built a prototype from scavenged scraps of metal and wood for his kids.
Do you remember when you were a kid, playing with those big, soft, Lego-like blocks called Mega Bloks? Well, those were also invented in Canada. They were created in 1985 by Mega Brands, Inc. They were a smash hit around the world, and they were sold in more than 100 nations. It was known as a one of Quebec's greatest success stories, but they are still trying to recover from a brush of bankruptcy in 2010.
Donald H. Munro with his invention.
There are a bunch of fascinating animals from Canada, ranging from a ferocious whale, to a tiny beaver. Here are some animals to come from Canada.
One animal is the goose. There are a bunch of types of geese, such as the Anser, the Grey goose, the Domestic goose, the Orinoco goose, the Egyptian goose, the South American sheldgeese, and a bunch of others.
Another cool animal is the moose. Moose are the biggest of all the deer family. They are herbivores, and weigh about 1,800 pounds. Moose are so tall that they prefer to browse higher grasses and shrubs because lowering their heads to ground level can be difficult.
Canada has some pretty strange words in their vocabulary, While some of it makes sense, others sound like completely gibberish. So let me elaborate on what they mean.
One Canadian word is "Eh." A lot of people use it in ways that aren't right, making fun of it. But what it actually means is to form something into a question. Say you said, " the sun is gorgeous today." But if you added eh to the end, it would become a sentence. So instead of it being a statement, it would be " the sun is gorgeous today, eh?"
Another cool Canadian word is double double. As you know from my chapter on food, one of Canada's favorite fast food places is Tim Hortons. And when you go to Tim Hortons and get an over sized coffee, you have yourself a double double.
And a word known around Canada for they use it from day to day, the loonie. A loonie is a Canadian dollar coin. When it was made in the early nineteen hundreds, they knew they couldn't call it a dollar bill, and a dollar coin didn't sound right. So, after they realized that it had a picture of a loon (bird), they called it a loonie. Same with when the two dollar coin came out with a polar bear on it, instead of calling it a polie or a bearie, they called it a toonie, because it ryhmed with loonie.
Canada has some pretty cool and fun holidays and festivals. It can be celebrating a person or event, to just doing it for a fun time. Here are some of Canada's holidays.
One fun Canadian festival is called Winterlude. Winterlude is a festival that goes from Ottawa, all the way to Quebec. It's really what the name sounds like; a festial celebrating the cold times in winter. Some of the activities include skating on the world's longest ice skating rink, making igloos, going on the world's biggest ice playground, and seeing lighten up sculptures in Confederation Park. And when you go to Jacques Cartier Park in Quebec, you'll see it transformed into "Snowflake Kingdom Park."
Another holiday from Canada is Victoria Day. Victoria Day celebrates Queen Victoria from England on May 24, the day she was born. It has a bunch of cool things such as parades, fireworks, camping, and more. The reason Victoria Day is celebrated is because before Queen Elizabeth II broke the record in 2015, Queen Victoria was the longest reigning queen in English history. She was born on May 24, 1819, died in 1901, and reigned for 63 years and 216 days. Ever since her accomplishment, people have been celebrating it from then, to now.
Festivals and Holidays
A picture of ice sculptures during Winterlude.
I hoped by reading this, you learned some new things by reading this book. Maybe you learned that Justin Bieber came from Canada, or an oversized coffee in Canada is a double double, maybe even that Canada is a rock type of music country. Or maybe you already knew all of this, and just read to be informed, or for enetertainment. Either way I hope you had fun learning about the wonderful world of Canada.
1. One quart of vegetable oil.
2. 10 1/4 ounce can of beef gravy
3. 5 medium potatoes, cut into fries
1. Heat oil in a deep fryer or deep heavy skillet to 365 F (185 C).
4. 2 cups of cheese curds
2. Warm gravy in sause pan or microwave.
1. Heavy Skillet
3. Paper towel lined plate
4. Serving platter
I'm gonna show you how to make a classic, fun, delicious Canadian food simply and easily.
How to Make Poutine
And there you have yourself some delicious Poor-Man Canadian Poutine!
5. Place the fries on a serving platter, and sprinkle the cheese over them.
6. Ladle gravy over the fries and cheese, serve immedietly.
4. Remove a paper towel lined plate to drain.
3. Place the fries into the hot oil, and cook until light brown, about 5 minutes.
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