This week's edition of Travel Tuesdays takes us to our northern neighbor, Canada, in honor of Canada Day on July 1st. Canada has a long and rich history that is both intertwined with American history but separate from it. Though a northern country, its large size allows for many different landscapes, which is one of the reasons it is frequently used for filming locations for both TV and movies.

Five more Canadian facts include:

  • Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories that are spread over 6 time zones.
  • The official languages of Canada are both English and French.
  • Hockey is considered the most popular sport in Canada, but Canadians enjoy a variety of sports that also include lacrosse, Canadian football (different play rules than NFL), baseball, Formula 1 auto racing, and more.
  • Canadian traditional music has high use of fiddle/violin and has several notable varieties, including Maritimes style, New World Celtic, La Belle Musique and Acadian fiddling. In addition to fok and traditional music, Canada has several notable rock, country and jazz groups. [Visit our Freegal music service to explore more music options from Canadian or other music artists.]
  • "Almost all mid-range and luxury hotels will have Internet access. Your hotel may have Internet access in each room, or only in a common area in the lobby. If you access the Internet in your room, you may be charged for it, but if you access it in the lobby, it will often be free."

    For more Canada facts, check out our online travel resource Global Road Warrior.

    Language learners can use Mango Languages to learn Canadian French.

    For an example Canadian recipe, try Nanaimo Bars

    Nanaimo bars are layered pastries akin to a Napoleon or an American "smore," except with nuts and coconut. There are many variations on this original recipe.

    Recipe Serving: Serves 16

    Ingredients
    Bottom layer:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) butter
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
  • 2 cups (480 ml) graham crackers, crushed
  • 1 cup (240 ml) coconut, shredded
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) walnuts, chopped

  • Middle layer:
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) butter
  • 2 cups (480 ml) confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) vanilla custard powder
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) milk

  • Top layer:
  • 4 oz (120 ml) semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) butter
  • Instructions

  • Grease a 9-inch (23 cm) square cake pan.
  • Combine 1/2 cup (120 ml) butter, sugar, cocoa, egg, and vanilla in a heavy sauce pan. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens.
  • Add graham crackers crumbs, coconut, and chopped walnuts, stirring to combine. Press the mixture into the greased pan and press down.
  • Beat together 1/4 cup (60 ml) butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla custard or pudding powder, and milk, until the mixture is creamy.
  • Spread over graham cracker base in the cake pan. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Melt semi-sweet chocolate and 1 tbsp (15 ml) butter. Drizzle over the contents of the chilled pan.
  • Return to refrigerator to chill for 1 additional hour.
  • Cut into squares and serve.