Timbit Nation: A Hitchhiker's View of Canada

By John Stackhouse

After spending years vacationing via a few of the poorest countries of the area, searching out the people's tale, award-winning journalist and bestselling writer John Stackhouse turns his prepared eye towards his personal country.

Most those who commute throughout Canada start their trip at both finish of an impressively lengthy strand of nationwide street. yet Stackhouse, thumb out and knapsack in hand, chooses Saint John, New Brunswick, as a launching element, the place his ancestors arrived within the overdue 18th century as refugees of the Loyalist uprising. From there he heads east to Newfoundland, north into Labrador and immediately west to Vancouver Island, curious to find how Canada has replaced in his lifetime -- because the introduction of the superhighway, an international tradition and continental economic climate have taken carry. Is Canada able to final a unique nation?

Following the course of the explorers, Stackhouse endures rain, insects and gale-force winds, but additionally meets a few significant personalities, each one with their very own interesting anecdotes and infrequently incredible social and political statement to boot. as soon as and for all they dispel the parable that Canadians are a bland and complacent lot. considering a Timbit in a Tim Hortons at the street -- a very Canadian adventure -- leads Stackhouse to mirror on our final differences from our neighbour to the south. american citizens could have perfected the doughnut as a fast-food staple, however it took Canadians to determine tips to actually take advantage of the hole.

A wry and perceptive examine our kingdom within the current, Timbit kingdom has the entire necessities of
good go back and forth literature: a forged of colorful characters, humorous, informative writing, and a panorama of super beauty.

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