Happy Canada Day, eh!

I never really got to celebrate Canada’s national holiday when I lived there. Canada Day commemorates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the British North America Act, which united Canada as a single country. But in Montreal, and Quebec overall, July 1st coincides, perhaps not unintentionally, with Quebec’s traditional Moving Day. In Montreal, all rentals run from July 1 to June 30 of the following year, so instead of attending Canada Day festivities, Montrealers are usually driving u-haul, carrying heavy furniture up spiral staircases or (my personal fave thing to do on Moving Day) wondering the alleys behind residences for free and up-for-grabs furniture. Hey, don’t judge me, I was a college student!

I was excited this year to celebrate Canada Day the way it is meant to be celebrated in Washington, D.C.: at the Canadian Embassy with “barbeque” and sangria with maple syrup. The Canadian Embassy did a wonderful job hosting the lunch time event for American friends of Canada and Canadian expats (and people like moi… technically a non-American friend of Canada).

My favourite part of the celebration? Well, the sangria with maple syrup was interesting… but the two mounties they had riding around the Embassy would have made anyone LOVE Canada today!

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