There’s plenty of reasons to love Canada, it’s pretty much the best place on the planet! Universal health care, diversity, good old Canadian charm and politeness, are just a few of the things that make the great white north a stellar place to live. Here’s 6 reasons why we’re proud to be Canadian!

We Invent Awesome Stuff

We invented ski-doos, jet-skis, velcro, zippers, insulin, penicillin, zambonis, the telephone and short wave radios. You’re welcome world.

Our Food is Awesome

Crispy Crunch, Coffee Crisp, Aero, Smarties, Ketchup Chips, Poutine and the best maple syrup in the world. Also, Tim Horton’s owns Dunkin Donuts any day.

We’re Diverse ‘n All That

Canada is accepting and tolerant of everyone, no matter their race, culture and sexual orientation. It’s something to be proud of, no doubt!

We Dominate Hockey

Stanley Cups aside, hockey is still Canada’s game. While the percentage of Canadians playing in the NHL has declined since the 1980s, Canadians still make up more than 50 per cent of all players in the league, compared to Americans, who account for just one-quarter of players.

We Can Brave The Cold

Our climate is colder and our population smaller, but relatively fewer of us succumb to the cold. Where Canada has 5,644 excess winter deaths (relative to average non-winter deaths), the U.S. sees 108,500. We’re pretty sure there’s a correlation between being able to brave Canadian Winters and surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, #Winning.

We live Longer

Canadians born today will live an average of three years longer than Americans (81 years in Canada versus 78.7 south of the border). Not only that, the gap between life expectancy in the two countries is widening with each passing decade—it was less than a year in the late 1970s.

Happy 148th Canada, we adore you!

Sources: MacLean’s