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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Monday, January 31, 2011

C is for Canadian

In keeping with my current theme of "destinations" this round, I decided to show you a few things that are very "Canadian." Obviously, I'm one of "them," having been born and bred here in Canada and never living in any other country. Without further ado, we have:

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!

ABC Wednesday is the brainchild of Denise Nesbitt and is now in its 8th round with her ever-changing team of helpers (Cheryl, Donna, Gattina, Helen, Joyce, Natalie, Roger, Sylvia, Troy and moi.) Click here for more info on ABCWednesday. By the way, all the photos are mine except the last two - they're courtesy of Yahoo.

34 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

Great post for our country -- we do have more than mountains and rivers, more than ice and snow! We have Tim Horton's!!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

nancygrayce said...

I agree with Kay....great post for your country and great pictures!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

My aunty and cousin dragged me to Timmy's last year on my visit to Montreal .. my aunty ♥ loves Timmy's . She said " you cannot come to Canada without going to timmys" .. Oh yes I can ... sorry ha ha ha.. I hope D2 does not read this :-)

Jo said...

My favourite store -- Canadian Tire. You can buy everything there from tires to television sets (and TV stands) and lamps ... and everything! :-)

Leslie: said...

YES Josie! Canadian Tire! Perfect choice - how could I have missed that?

Willa said...

I'm not Canadian (yet) but I do leave here in Canada and I love all your C's especially the Chapters, my favorite place in the whole wide world! :D and of course the Coffe,perfect for our Cold weather. :)

Sylvia K said...

What a fun, terrific post for your country and the C Day! Love your photos, as always, Leslie! Would love to visit there one day! Enjoy your week!

Sylvia

Hildred and Charles said...

Great Canadian post Leslie, - a little emphasis on the urban aspects 0f our wonderful country.

photowannabe said...

Love the things you describe about your wonderful country. I have been to parts of it on vacation and to Toronto for work once. I love it and would probably live there if I wasn't firmly planted in Caifornia.

Jingle said...

love these signs with C in it.

Carver said...

Great post Leslie. Fun not only choosing Canada but also showing places in Canada that start with a C.

EG Wow said...

Well, Chapters got my full attention. I enjoy browsing in the one closest to me. Lots of Canadian iconic stores in this post!

Jane and Chris said...

May I add C for the talented Christopher Plummer ?
Jane x

Gigi Ann said...

Bookstores, my favorite place to shop. We have a Barnes and Noble I visit with a Starbucks in it. I'm not a coffee drinker, so spend my money on the books. Great post for C day.

Gunsside said...

Creative, lots of great shots and stories. Thanks for shearing ;))

Starnitesky said...

An interesting post about the Canadian companies, I really enjoyed it.

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Thank you for introducing these fine things. Please have you all a good Wednesday.

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Tumblewords: said...

Cool post - I recognize most of these companies - always thought Chapters was a clever name!

Roger Owen Green said...

well, we DO have some Chevron stations, and a handful of Tim Horton's but mostly Canadian indeed.

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, Thank you! ROG

Wanda said...

What a nice collection of "C" places. I've never heard of Chapters Book Store, but looks interesting. Cheveron gas is the highest in CA I think. I just got gas at Costco.

☺lani☺ said...

What a great post of C this week! Nice to learn some places in your side of the world. Happy Mid-week!

Barbara said...

Great post - really interesting. Did you know a cob is a bread roll in this part of England? In the next county however (just a few miles down the road) a bread roll is a batch. I envy you the book shop!

RuneE said...

Nice advertising for Canada - very tempting.

I think I have tasted the beer, another pint would be just fine :-)

Cheryl said...

Canada is such a beautiful country. Plenty of commodities too. The bookstore looks most intriguing.

Cheryl
ABC Team

Beverley Baird said...

Great Canadian choices - especially chapters (I spend wayyyy too much there!) and Timmie's!
have a great week Leslie!

Mona said...

I wish to visit Canada very soon.. Oops btw, can i have some coffee? Please visit my C entry, thanks.

jabblog said...

That was a nice trip round Canada. I'll know what to look for if I ever visit it.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I really like the idea of having a personal theme for a round. You've taught me a lot just with this one letter. Thanks.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Chapters! Now that's a creative name for a box bookstore. :-)

Rosy said...

Enjoy your post for the letter C here, also thank you very much for coming on over to check out my C is for cactus, I love your comment that you had left me as well.

Shady Gardener said...

Was Chevron gas ever available in the US? (long ago?) This was a nice post advertising your country! An "A" on your "C" (project)! :-)

Liz said...

I've heard of Tim Horton's but that's it.

VioletSky said...

Somehow I missed this one...
I am jealous that your village has a Cob's. So very jealous.

Powell River Books said...

And of course there is Canadian Tire, my favourite store. - Margy