Canada Day: 12 reasons why everyone should be more Canadian – even if it’s just for today

Mounties, maple syrup, Ryan Gosling and more

Today 35 million lucky people in North America will wake up to Canada Day, ready to celebrate being in (arguably) the greatest country in the world on its birthday.

Canada is now 147 years old, and will be shutting down for the national holiday so that everyone can sing “O Canada” together, walk past a Mountie on a moose and tuck into a fresh bottle of maple syrup.

For the rest of us, Canada Day is an opportunity to appreciate what is truly great about America’s northern cousin, from its supremely friendly people to stunning landscape.

Though some regions have struggled in recent weeks with severe flooding, there have also been plenty of news stories from Canada to make us smile – from the mass gay wedding for WorldPride in Toronto to Vancouver’s ingenious shelter-benches for homeless people.

Even just going for a jog in Canada can be an adrenalin-fuelled, black-bear-encountering adventure, as these lucky Albertans discovered last month.

The rugged Canadian landscape remains one of the world’s great wildernesses, and manages to combine fantastic beaches with skiing, polar bears and the chance to see the Northern Lights.

Ryan Gosling and Rob Ford are also both from Canada – and both brilliant for very, very different reasons.

Now nobody mention Justin Bieber.

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