Having lived in Canada all my life, I guess I'm most impressed with Canada as a country of peace. This comes through with great emphasis in Roy Payne's song: "I Wouldn't Take A Million Dollars For A Single Maple Leaf".
The United Nation Peace Keeping Force was first conceived by former Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. He also helped bring in "The Canadian Flag", "The Canada Pension Plan", "Student Loans" and "Government Health Insurance". I doubt if many Canadians even know of Pearson's accomplishments.
- Of equal importance is our scenic outdoors that gives us a chance to get close to nature and quiet down our minds. Places like "Gros Morne National Park" Newfoundland, "Niagara Falls" and "The Canadian Rockies" are sights to behold. Ontario has more lakes than any other country in the world, so it's easy to find a getaway for fishing, camping and swimming.
- Hockey: In 1972, the NHL lined up it first international competition with Russia(They beat them too). Since then international hockey tournaments are held every year including the Olympics. Personally, I've cheered for "The Toronto Maple Leafs" through thick and thin (four Stanley Cups in the 1960s and nothing after that). I love the game and hopefully, they'll win another Stanley Cup before I die.
- Newfoundland: Although Newfoundland was a British colony for 400 years, it didn't become a province of Canada until 1949. Quebec was a Canadian province a long time before that. I've visited Newfoundland many times and I love the rugged coastal scenery and the warmth of people. I've even been "screeched in"(made an honourary Newfie).
- The War Of 1812: Yes, Canada was invaded at that time by the U.S., and our forefathers repelled the attacks. Issac Brock, Laura Secord and the Indian leader Tecumseh were my heroes.
- The CBC: The CBC has done very well in bringing Canadian programing to Canadians. The CBC carrys and has carried diverse entertainment like "Wayne and Shuster" (Rinse the Blood from my Toga), "Hockey Night In Canada", "Little Mosque On The Prairie" and "The Plouffe Family".
There are other things that are good about Canada like our banking system, our natural resources, our health care system, but I wanted people to discover a Canada, perhaps, that they didn't know very much about.