Chapters - the Canadian big box book store created when Coles and SmithBooks, two of Canada's largest book chains merged in 1994. I buy most of my books online but never fail to drop in occassionally to see what else they're carrying at the time. Most Chapters have a Starbucks Coffee in the store and you will always see lots of people enjoying a cup while reading a book or using the Internet.
Chevron Canada - is one of the world's leading energy companies. Besides being your local gas station, its goal is also to develop, produce, and market crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. It also refines, markets, and distributes fuels and other energy products. I don't know what I'd do without my local Chevron Canada mechanic!Cobs Bread - a successful company in Australia and New Zealand for over 30 years, Cobs spread into Canada in 2003 and has become well known for its delicious creations. My sister retired from the insurance industry last year and then joined Cobs' main office in Vancouver to handle their payroll. For more info on the company, click here. Naturally, I was thrilled when my village opened a franchise!Cineplex Odeon Cinemas - is the largest motion picture distributor in Canada, operating 130 theatres, 1,347 screens, and serving over 70 million guests annually. It's also the largest exhibitor of IMAX, digital, and 3D projection technology in the country.
Coffee - aka Tim Hortons. Click to read the story about how this chain was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario, and how it has expanded into the rest of the country. Its drawing card is its coffee, but it also is famous for its donuts, bagels, cakes, pies, etc. D2 and her BF are frequent customers at our local "Timmy's," as it's known, and received a Christmas gift from me of a giant can of coffee plus a gift certificate - best Christmas present EVER, according to them.
Canadian Beer - Molson, to be specific! Although I'm not a beer drinker, having overdone it at university many years ago (and that's a story for another time), Molson Canadian is the most popular beer in the country. It's brewed with Canadian water and the highest-quality hops and barley. They say it's "the true taste of Canada."
So there you have it...some of the quintessential Canadian companies and products that make my country special. Come on up for a visit - fill up with Chevron gas, drop by a Cobs Breads for their special creations, take in a movie at a Cineplex Odeon, and afterwards stop off for a Tim Hortons' coffee or a Molson Canadian beer. You'll have the time of your life!
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