BEHOLD, Americans... I bring you the wonder of Canadian Tire: www.canadiantire.ca
Canadian Tire is not just a place to get tires (though I did once get a flat tire near Kingston, Ontario and had it replaced at Canadian Tire). It's a land of plenty - from hockey helmets to milk pitchers, camping gear to ice fishing augers. They even sell TV's.
It's the store that pays you: every time you buy stuff you get Canadian Tire money: actual pieces of paper with different denominations. You can use it to buy stuff at Canadian Tire and.... AMAZING - the local video rental chain I joined last night accepts Canadian Tire money same as cash.
I've got 35 Canadian Tire cents already. Woo!!
One of these days I'll tell you all about President's Choice brand. I'm still investigating what it's all aboot.
Speaking of video rental... We rented Dogtooth last night. Ummmm, it was kind of ummmm..... It was nominated for an Oscar last year for best foreign language film (Greek). We'd also seen Incendies (Canadian) which was also nominated. Both dark and a bit twisted. I thought they were both good, and interesting, but definitely not for everybody.
One more Canadian culture tidbit: today we visited Peggy's Cove. Home of Canada's most photographed lighthouse, according to one of the informational signs. It was SO foggy today, so I stole some photos from Wikipedia:
Not much going on there in January.