150 Things to Love about Canada

As one way we’re marking 150 years since Confederation, here are 150 things to love about Canada and the work we’re doing together to make it even better!

A gender-balanced Cabinet
The Canadian flag
Universal public healthcare
Our national winter sport
The long-form census (reinstated under the Liberal government in 2016!)
National Indigenous Peoples Day
Every year on June 21, we honour and celebrate the cultures and traditions of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples
Politeness (sorry!)
The first-ever Prime Minister’s Youth Council
Baffin Island, Nunavut
Parliament Hill
New tax relief for members of the Canadian Armed Forces
Tom Jackson
A Métis actor, singer, and philanthropist
Harjit Sajjan
The first Sikh to become Minister of Defence
L’Acadie and Acadian culture and history
Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada (1963-1968) and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Celine Dion
Milk in a bag
Lobster (and lobster rolls!)
Keeping BC’s North Coast clean with the oil tanker moratorium
Justin Trudeau’s committment to standing with the LGBTQ2 community for human rights and equality
And he became the first Canadian PM to ever march in Pride parades
We have a feminist Prime Minister
We’re diverse and inclusive
We recognize that our differences make us stronger!
The Great Bear Rainforest
Olympic ice hockey gold medals
We have the most in the world, for both men and women
Our stunning mountains
Invented by Canadian Dr. James Naismith in 1891
Ice fishing
Thérèse Casgrain
A women’s suffrage activist, Senator, and the first female leader of a political party in Canada
Jody Wilson Raybould
The first Indigenous person to serve as Minister of Justice
The Athabasca Sand Dunes in Saskatchewan
The Montreal Jazz Festival
The biggest in the world!
The beautiful prairies
Parks Canada giving free access to our National Parks for Canada 150!
Hawaiian pizza
The Canada Games
Our national anthem: O Canada!
The Group of Seven (Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Franz Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald, and F.H. Varley)
Landscape painters who initiated the first major Canadian national art movement
Buffy Sainte Marie
Singer-songwriter, educator, and Indigenous activist
The Snowking Winter Festival in Yellowknife
Saying eh!
The Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg
Canadian veterans
And the Liberal government is supporting them by reopening VAC offices and supporting veterans mental health, education, and skills training
Butter tarts
Rich Indigenous history, culture, and traditions
We have two official languages, and speak hundreds of others!
Alice Munro
Short story writer and Nobel Prize winner
Oswald Avery
One of the three scientists who first demonstrated that DNA carries genetic material
Bill C-6 protects Canadian citizenship
Because a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian
Nanaimo bars
Le Bonhomme Carnaval
Gord Downie
Ketchup chips
The Confederation Bridge
The world’s longest bridge over icy waters
Snowball fights
Urban parks like Rouge National Park
Which the Liberal government is expanding and protecting
Niagara Falls
A Pan-Canadian Plan for pricing carbon pollution
That will reduce greenhouse gas emissions AND grow the economy
Skating on lakes, rivers, and canals
Anne of Green Gables
Loonies and toonies
Our wildlife
The Rideau Canal
The world’s largest naturally frozen ice rink
Source: flickr.com/freezelight
Wayne Gretzky
The Great One
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Margaret Atwood
Award winning novelist and poet
The Royal Ontario Museum
The Trans Canada Highway
Invented by Canadian Frederick Banting in 1921
The new Canada Child Benefit
Which will help lift almost 300,000 children out of poverty
It’s illegal here to discriminate based on gender identity and expression
William Shatner
“Beam me up, Scotty”
James Cameron
3-time Oscar-winning director of Titanic, Avatar, and many more
Invented by Canadian William Chalmers in 1931
Young women from across Canada filled the House of Commons on International Women’s Day
For Equal Voice’s Daughters of the Vote
Tom Longboat
World champion Onondaga distance runner who won the Boston Marathon in 1907
The CN Tower
Budget 2017
The first ever federal budget to include a gender-based statement
L’Hôtel de Glace in Quebec City
Willie O’Ree
The first black player in the NHL
The Canadian Confederation
That united our country on July 1, 1867
The maple leaf
Peanut butter
First patented by Canadian Marcellus Gilmore Edson in 1884


Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy
Making a difference in the world by empowering women and girls
The walkie talkie
Invented by Canadians Donald L. Hings and Alfred J. Gross in 1942
The Bay of Fundy
with the highest tides in the world
Oscar Peterson
Jazz pianist and composer
The Early Learning and Child Care Framework, helping give more kids the best start in life
The Just for Laughs Festival
Maple syrup
The Northern Lights
Source: flickr.com/Studiolit
We welcome refugees
Terry Fox
National Parks
Leonard Cohen
Singer, songwriter, and poet
The brave Canadian troops who fought in the battle of Vimy Ridge
Canada’s signature on the Paris Climate Change Agreement
Investments in better transit, roads, and bridges across Canada
Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada (1980-1984, 1968-1979)
Investments in new affordable housing
Cirque du Soleil
The Famous Five (Emily Murphy, Irene Marryat Parlby, Nellie Mooney McClung, Louise Crummy McKinney and Henrietta Muir Edwards)
Their activism resulted in the groundbreaking ruling that women are persons, and allowed to be appointed to the Senate
The Great Lakes
The Tulip Festival
The middle class tax cut
The Liberal government has cut taxes for the middle class, and raised them on the wealthiest 1%
The National Arts Centre
Sir John A MacDonald
Our first Prime Minister and father of the Confederation
The Liberal government is set to introduce legislation that will erase convictions for any Canadians ever found guilty of sexual activity with a same-sex partner
Louis Riel
Founder of Manitoba and defender of Métis rights and culture
Polar bears
Canadians Reginald Fessenden and Robert William Boyle contributed to its creation in the early 1900s.
Neil Young
“Keep on rockin’ in the free world”
Canadian bacon
Viola Desmond
Human rights activist and the first Canadian woman on the 10 dollar bill
The world’s longest undefended border
Investments in mental health care to make sure families have access to the services they need
Justice Bertha Wilson
First woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada
Legalizing, regulating, and restricting access to marijuana
Justin Trudeau’s socks
Canada’s new Oceans Protection Plan, which will keep Canadian waters clean and safe for generations to come
Equal marriage
All across Canada since 2005
Justin Trudeau raised the Pride flag and the trans rights flag on Parliament Hill
Mary Pickford
One of the greatest actresses and pioneers of classic Hollywood Cinema
Canoeing Canada’s many lakes and rivers
Maple taffy on snow
The Butchart Gardens in Victoria
The snowmobile
Invented by Canadian Joseph-Armand Bombardier in 1937
The Canada Pension Plan
Which the Liberal government is strengthening!
Canada geese
Our national summer sport
Yes, they’re from Canada!
The longest coastline in the world
Lake Louise
The Calgary Stampede
The people of Gander, Newfoundland
They welcomed 7,000 relocated travelers after 9/11. Their story is depicted in the Broadway musical Come From Away
Celebrating Canada Day with friends, family, and fireworks