When you think of our neighbor north of the 49th Parallel, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
Why, romance, of course!
I’m not Canadian, but some of my best friends are, and I love to visit their country. It’s the land where a Stampede is a good thing, at least in Calgary, and you buy your coffee and doughnuts at Tim Hortons with “loonies” and “toonies”. Heck, Canadians gave the world Leonard Cohen and for that alone we should all be grateful and appreciative!
Sure, the U.S. invaded Canada once or twice, but that’s all behind us now (I hope), and in honor of Canada Day it’s time to pour yourself an ice-wine and raise a glass to The Great White North.
Canada doesn’t take a back seat to anyone in North America when it comes to romance. To readers in the United States, “Canada romance” means the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, aka The Mounties. In the early 20th C., Nelson Eddy crooning to Jeanette MacDonald in Rose-Marie made women’s hearts go pitty-pat for a man in a red coat. The RCMP, famous for always getting their man (and who doesn’t agree with that motto?), conjures images of Dudley Do-Right with his square jaw, the aforementioned baritone Nelson Eddy as Sgt. Bruce, and lovely lines of red-coated gents on parade.