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Canada Day
updated: Jul 01, 2014, 9:00 AM

By M. Greg

What Canada / Santa Barbara connections are there? (Other than Randy and Evi Quaid.)

Are there any Santa Barbarans born in or married into a family from Canada? July 1st is the day our Northern Neighbor, commemorates when three colonies united into a single country called Canada.

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 COMMENT 531979 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 09:36 AM

Canadians are great!!! Happy Canada Day.

 

 COMMENT 531983P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 09:45 AM

My grandmother was born in New London, Ontario. At a very young age, she rode in a wagon with her family to North Dakota. To keep her warm during the journey, my great-grandmother had her wrapped in a buffalo pelt. My dear granny told me that she cried for most of the trip because the pelt had a distinct odor and she thought the animal was trying to smother her. Once in North Dakota she was put in an orphanage for two years until the family finances improved. As a young woman, granny met a wonderful veterinarian, fell in love and lived the rest of her life in the Pasadena area in comfort. No more buffalo pelts for her!

 

 COMMENT 531988 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 09:52 AM

Montecito resident Dennis Miller's wife is Canadian.

 

 COMMENT 531989 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 09:52 AM

I am from Ontario. My first ancestor to come to North America came from France in the 1700's. He fought along side the Indians against the British. To save him from beign prosecuted after the war he was granted property in what is now Ontario.

 

 COMMENT 531990 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 09:54 AM

I'm from Montreal, and have lived in beautiful Santa Barbara for 15 years. My father was a RCAF fighter pilot who fought in WWII. He was down in an area taken over by the allies 15 minutes earlier, but survived and went on to play with his jazz band that evening. Oh, and go Canadiens de Montreal!

 

 COMMENT 531992 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 10:00 AM

We spent Canada Day in Whitehorse, B.C. once. It was a great place with great people.
They had a yellow ducky race down the Yukon river. Everybody bought a duck for ten dollars and they put them all in the river with #rd tags and whomever had the first # across the line about 3 miles downriver won $20k(Canadian).I think they made aboot $40k for the town.
Didn't win of course .
After that, we high-tailed it to Haines Alaska and had 4th of July there. Was weird waiting till midnight to see fireworks on the fourth since the sun hardly sets this time of year that far north.
Would go back in a second if I had the chance.

 

 COMMENT 531999 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 10:14 AM

This Canada Day I'd like to go out for some traditional Canadian cuisine. If there was such a thing.

 

 COMMENT 532000 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 10:14 AM

Poutine?

 

 COMMENT 532012 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 10:33 AM

Eww, that's right! Poutine. A dish as delicious as its name.

 

 COMMENT 532018P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 10:50 AM

Had to look up the definition of poutine - seems unappetizing and unhealthy: french fries, gravy, and cottage cheese?

 

 COMMENT 532020 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 10:50 AM

I'm also from Ontario originally. My parents immigrated to Canada from Germany in the 1950s. Born and raised in the K-W area, I moved to lovely SB 25 years ago. Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canucks!

 

 COMMENT 532026 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 11:00 AM

lost me at gravy

 

 COMMENT 532028P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 11:02 AM

There are many awesome Canadians in this town!

BTW - Poutine can be made in a variety of ways - and is pretty delicious!

 

 COMMENT 532038 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 11:25 AM

French Fries, Brown Gravy, and Cheese Curds (or string cheese) - Poutine!

 

 COMMENT 532039 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 11:26 AM

I'm a big hockey fan. Does that count?

BTW, we need a poutine place. Best late night food ever.

 

 COMMENT 532042P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 11:28 AM

Gratitude = never having had to eat or look at poutine.
Canada, however, am looking forward to travel there sometime.

 

 COMMENT 532048 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 11:44 AM

Right now I am sitting in the middle of Toronto. From SB originally, miss it!
Poutine is really good, but I don't think it would sell well down there, but it is basically Animal stye fries from in-n-out, but with cheese curds, and gravy

 

 COMMENT 532050 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 11:49 AM

My mother was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. Their family lived in the tiny train station, where her father was the station agent. Someday I would like to go there.

 

 COMMENT 532064P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 12:18 PM

A man from Canadialand walked down my driveway one day. We fell madly in love and lived happily ever after. Canada's alright in my book.... but my driveway is way more awesome!

 

 COMMENT 532067P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 12:20 PM

Nice story about the buffalo pelts by Edhat reader, but no poutine for me. Even the sound of the word is unpleasant.

 

 COMMENT 532077 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 12:35 PM

I just boiled up a bag of steak fries with cottage cheese on the side as dip not bad for yum yums

 

 COMMENT 532082P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 01:04 PM

In Ontario, Canada there are over 200,000 lakes; without one named Arrellaga. A tip of the hat to Canadians on Canada Day. Canada is birthplace of a lot of famous people.

 

 COMMENT 532089 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 01:24 PM

I travel to Toronto for business quite a bit - lovely city - clean and especially nice in Winter - some really nice people live there. It's always a pleasure. And hey, Rookie Blue is back on ABC for the Summer...yay...good show with unexpected edge. Happy Canada Day:)

 

 COMMENT 532098 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 02:07 PM

I am from Minnesota--the Twin Cities. My folks used to go to the north shores and lakes for vacation. One year we went across the border to Fort Williams, Port Arthur area and spent some timne at a B&B, in a regular home. We were there the day the then Princess Elizabeth married. There were many happy celebrations.

Years ago the Philadelphia House, which burned down in the Painted Cave Fire, 1990, had been owned by a couple from Canada.

And yes, I LOVE to watch hockey.

 

 COMMENT 532109P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 02:54 PM

Hopefully dining on poutine involves a fork. Or is it a mainly a guy food, eaten with the fingers? Have you ever seen poutine offered in the USA? Am trying to think of which restaurant in Santa Barbara might offer this Canadian dish.

 

 COMMENT 532113P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 03:09 PM

When McDonald's in Canada introduced poutine on their menus last winter, there were tears of joy. Somehow I prefer to keep happy, healthier images of Canada. Happy Canada Day; very few of us in the USA know much about Canada.

 

 COMMENT 532115 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 03:10 PM

I lived in Montreal (Pointe Claire) in 5th and 6th grade and took Canadian history and geography. I now claim to be the only American who knows anything about Canada --this is approximately true. One of my sisters lives in B.C. (no, not long ago), another sister was born there. My father went to Canada in 1961 to escape the draft--he was 55 at the time. I played hockey, started a roller hockey league here (GHL), and both my sons have hockey genetic defects--they play also.

 

 COMMENT 532123 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 03:32 PM

Cool, let's all go on a roadtrip!

 

 CARPSTER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 04:06 PM

Traders had poutine a couple of months back. It was frozen I think. Tried it out of curiosity but it didn't become a favorite. Maybe it doesn't travel well? Maybe I nuked it wrong?

 

 COMMENT 532130 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 04:23 PM

Q: If Justin Bieber and Celine Dion got into a huge fight, who would win?

A: We all would.

Happy Canada Day, eh?

 

 MOUNTAINMAN4865 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 04:41 PM

Well, I am proud to say I am from Canada, and it was I who walked down the driveway of 064P, and I have to admit, her driveway is pretty awesome. (although not as awesome as she is, sigh, swoon).
Born in Nova Scotia eh, and then lived in Toronto for 30+ years eh, and then moved to Santa Barbara in '85 eh. Thanks to the US for allowing me to live here in this also beautiful country.
Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!

 

 SHAKEY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-01 07:34 PM

I was born in Toronto, my parents came to Santa Barbara on their honeymoon and loved it here. So when I was 2 we all moved here,that was 57years ago !! My family my grand parents who came from Glasgow Scotland and all my uncles came too. In 64 my parents became US Citizens and we became naturalised citizens. I have to say it's been great, thanks SB and a Big THANKS to the USA for having us.

 

 COMMENT 532183 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-02 07:26 AM

When I drive by Oak Park and see nothing going on, I think "Oh today is the day of the Canadian Festival!". I'm Canadian so I can say this!

 

 COMMENT 532185P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-02 07:35 AM

My husband is Canadian and became a US citizen a few years ago after coming here on a work Visa. We are both from the easy coast and somehow found each other on the west coast in beautiful SB.

 

 COMMENT 532197 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-02 08:16 AM

My mother was born in Nova Scotia and came to Seattle with her parents when she was an early teenager.

We could always tell when she had played bridge with her Canadian friends because when we came home from school we could notice a faint Canadian accent that would last until the next day.

Don't think it's the same weather wise now but I remember a picture she had taken circa 1915 of their house in Nova Scotia and the snow was covering the bottom floor and the attic window was fully open so they could get in and out of the house.

 

 COMMENT 532208P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-02 09:08 AM

Lyrics to Oh Canada [ All 4 Verses ]

O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land, glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee;
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada! Where pines and maples grow,
Great prairies spread and Lordly rivers flow!
How dear to us thy broad domain,
From East to Western sea!
The land of hope for all who toil,
The true North strong and free!
God keep our land, glorious and free.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!

O Canada! Beneath thy shining skies,
May Stalwart sons, and gentle maidens rise.
To keep thee steadfast thro’ the years,
From East to Western sea.
Our own beloved native land,
Our true North strong and free!
God keep our land, glorious and free.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!

Ruler supreme, who hearest humble prayer,
Hold our Dominion, in thy loving care.
Help us to find, O God, in thee,
A lasting rich reward.
As waiting for the better day,
We ever stand on guard.
God keep our land, glorious and free.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!

 

 COMMENT 532224P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-02 09:48 AM

thanks for the lyrics , 208P. Interesting.

 

 COMMENT 532230 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-02 10:08 AM

I remember that in 1979 that Canada helped saved 444 hostages from captivity in Iran. Thank you Canada!

 

 SJLSB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-02 11:06 AM

983P, your grandmother's story is very interesting -- and similar to my grandparents. My Grampy came over from England in (maybe) 1903 to leave the servant trade and follow his dream to become a veterinarian; he went to Canada to go to veterinary school and met my grandmother who lived near Toronto. They moved to North Dakota and he was the country vet for three counties -- oversaw all the cattle brandings and took care of every kind of animal, big and small. He was once gored by a bull when he had to give it a shot. They lived out their lives in Dickinson, ND, and I've always been proud of my Canadian ancestry.

Happy Canada Day!

 

 COMMENT 532298P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-02 01:33 PM

Canada may sign on the TPP treaty, being negotiated between the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and other Pacific countries -- making it nearly global in scope. Another way corporations have a coup over our democracy. Have a nephew, son, grandson who is being educated for a job? A wish for better stewardship of our planet? Learn about the TPP.

 

 COMMENT 532306 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-02 02:00 PM

Only been as far east as Calgary but the scenery between there and British Columbia is fantastic. Vancouver Island is nice too. We camped there and the loggers dumped wood at the entrance of the campground for your fire. You could burn as much as you liked if you could get the green wood to catch fire.
Vancouver is also infamous as being the home of the marine park where Tillikum (sp?) the Orca killed his first person before repeating it in Florida. (From the documentary Blackfish).

 

 COMMENT 532323 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-02 03:09 PM

When Canada floods, what do you do? Drink Canada Dry.

 

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