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    Published: June 30, 2016

    Celebrate Canada Day This July 1st!

    On July 1st, 1867, three separate colonies united together to form one glorious country, Canada. Now celebrating it’s 149th “birthday,” Canada is as proud, agreeable, and hospitable a country as ever. Originally called “Dominion Day,” this holiday is a perfect opportunity for Canadians across the globe to relish the creature comforts of home.

    For Canadians who have relocated to the States, it may seem that celebrating your country’s formation isn’t quite the same without a stroll through Vancouver or a dip in one of the nation’s pristine lakes. But Pelican Water has cooked up several activities, confections, and beverages to make you feel right at home on July 1st.

    • Host a Cookout – So you can’t attend the Montreal Jazz Festival or cut loose at the Calgary Stampede. There’s still plenty of fun and revelry to be had right at home! July 1st is about community and celebration. Host a barbecue cookout and treat your friends and neighbors to the scrumptious foods from every province.French fries with gravy and cheese curds are an excellent Canadian staple. If you live near the coast, cook up a delectable batch of lobster rolls or friend clams to show your American friends how it’s done. Other classic dishes include baklava, hotdogs and hamburgers, and pretty much any recipe involving syrup (maybe taffy pulls for dessert).
    • Add Syrup to Your Breakfast – Maple syrup is almost a religion in Canada, and there’s no better way to begin July 1st than with a classic pancake breakfast, extra syrup. Remember, the fluffier the better!For those built with an iron stomach, take your syrup celebration to the next level. After breakfast, cool down with a smoothie featuring a hint of syrup. Stick to this recipe:
      • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
      • 1/2 pint of vanilla ice cream
      • 1/2 teaspoon of maple extract
      • 1/2 cup of milk
      • 2/3 cup of frozen wild blueberries

    Be sure to blend all of your ingredients until smooth. Share with your entire family!

    • Dress Up – Wearing patriotic garb is a terrific way to show your unbridled Canadian spirit. We may not all have a red and white hockey jersey, but there are plenty of ways that you and your family can sport the red and white on July 1st.Canadian flag hats are increasingly popular, and if you feel like really getting festive you can invest in cheap red and white hairspray. Extra points if you can make a maple leaf shape in your hair!

    In America the heat continues to grow more sweltering by the day. If you travel to a park or are simply outside hosting a barbecue bash into the night, be sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. A sports bottle is a smart way to cut down on plastic waste and keep fresh filtered water within arm’s reach.

    Happy Canada Day, from the Pelican Water team!