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Canada Day Ode to Tim Hortons

by Mary Chong
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On July 1st Canadian’s everywhere will be celebrating Canada Day.

What exactly is Canada Day you ask?
It’s Canada’s Birthday!

I thought that in honour of Canada Day, I would also profile another Canadian – Tim Hortons.

Tim Hortons (or Timmies/Tim’s to us Canadians) is a coffee and baked goods chain founded in Hamilton, Ontario in 1964 and is named for its founder Tim Horton, a Canadian Hockey player. There are more than 3,000 Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada.

You can get a Starbucks anywhere in the world but you can only get an original* Tim Hortons in Canada.

* I say original because in 1995, Tim Horton’s merged with Wendy’s International and is slowly moving into the United States with locations in the North Eastern States.

Tim Hortons is such a Canadian icon that it had a major role in the Canadian themed episode of the television show “How I Met Your Mother”.

Sure we have other coffee chains in Canada like Second Cup, Timothy’s and Coffee Time but for me, when I’m driving across the border into the United States I have to get my one last Timmie’s fix before I get my passport stamped.

In honour of Canada Day and Tim Hortons I thought I’d ask my friends the following questions:

1. What’s your Timmie’s order
2. What are your plans for this Canada Day


Tim HortonsCalculated Traveller Kim

How I like my Tims: Coffee – regular (1 milk/1 sugar)

Photo taken: chilling in the backyard, just after a 5k run

Plans for Canada Day: ” No plans at this point. Probably sitting in our backyard watching fireworks. We can usually see at least 3 different displays from our backyard.”


Tim Hortons

Alyssa R at 7 months old

How I like my Timmies: Coffee – Medium Double Double (2 milks/2 sugars)
(of course, it’s really just water in a cup)

Photo taken: At lunchtime at her neighbourhood Tim’s

Plans for Canada Day: “Visiting the tall ships in Hamilton, Ontario”


Tim Hortons

Calculated Traveller Martin

How I like my Timmies: Large Green Tea

Photo taken: sunset in Nova Scotia

Plans for Canada Day: “…likely be doing yard work and then I might try to capture some fireworks for my collection”


Tim Hortons

Vanessa of Turnip Seed Travel

How I like my Timmies: My Tim’s order is a French Vanilla cappuccino and (since it’s usually in the morning) a bacon/egg/cheese breakfast sandwich on English muffin. BUT if I’m flying, I always, always, always get a Tim’s bottled apple juice and a chocolate chip muffin.

Plans for Canada Day: “This Canada Day, I think we might avoid the chaos of downtown for a backyard barbecue”


Tim Hortons

Alouise of Take Me to the World

How I like my Timmies: “Today it’s really nice outside so I’m enjoying a small Ice Latte (this one has a hazelnut shot). My regular drink of choice at Tim Horton’s is usually just an extra small black coffee, but when summer is here I’ll go for an iced drink.”

Plans for Canada Day: “I just finished doing a big trip across part of Canada, as well as part of the United States so for Canada Day I will be finding something to do a little closer to home in Edmonton. There are always lots of festivals and activities throughout the summer in Edmonton. I might check out The Works, which is an arts festival downtown or feats, which is a dance festival. There’s also a good firework display down by the Alberta Legislature building in the evening.”


Tim Hortons
Calculated Traveller Mary

How I like my Timmies: Steeped tea with milk and sugar

Photo taken: at home – using my limited edition Timmie’s mug

Plans for Canada Day: ” Fireworks, ya’ gotta go out there and see the show”


Here’s wishing you a Happy Canada Day – no matter where you are!

Are you a Tim’s Fan? What’s your drink order?

Do you have a drink/food that you absolutely must have when you get home from a trip? I’d love to hear about it.

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4 comments

Anita Mac July 25, 2013 - 9:37 am

Love this! I was so excited to find a Timmies when I went to Rochester…only to be so sad to see it closed on the weekend! What….do they not get it??? Confirmed Tim Horton’s drinker, although my bevvie of choice is steeped tea! Nice tribute to a Canadian institution!

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noel July 1, 2013 - 3:30 pm

never had a chance to try it yet, maybe someday in Hawaii….although there is a Wendy’s here now

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Heather Hepplewhite July 1, 2013 - 8:05 am

I used to love Tim Horton’s, and I’m pretty sure me and my family were the ones who kept our local Timmy’s in business. While I’m now turned off by the Tim Horton’s aftertaste of the coffee, and I avoid the unhealthy donuts (every donut on the menu), I still love that Tim Horton’s is a national icon. It makes me proud to be Canadian. Even my guests from England had to stop and get a Tim’s as soon as they arrived at the airport. What souvenirs of Canada did they take back with them? Tim Horton’s hot chocolate powder and a Tim Horton’s travel mug. Happy Canada Day!

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Mary Chong July 1, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Love that your family had to bring Tim’s back to England with them!

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