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A Canadian Love Affair
Okay, now that I've got your attention, let me explain. Hopefully Hubpages has not knocked me off it's pages for my racy title, and if you are reading this, then I guess not.
There are many things that get Canadians going, I suppose just like any other group of people who feel so passionately about - well I suppose that someone, or that some thing!! There are many things we feel passionate about, besides our loved ones that is, and I guess to name a few: Love of country, Love of snow (well maybe not), Love of Hockey. There we are! There's probably where our love affair started, with a fellow named Tim Horton - a Canadian hockey player, who played defence in the National Hockey League through 22 seasons starting with the Toronto Maple Leafs, then the New York Rangers, the Pittsburg Penguins and ending with the Buffalo Sabres.
For sure my ex-husband loved Hockey, except sadly enough not for any of those teams, but for the Montreal Canadiennes. He always did have to be different.
Back to Tim Horton. In 1964 Tim Horton opened his first donut shop in Hamilton, Ontario - right smack in the same year that I was coming out of High School and starting my working career, not that this had anything at all to do with it. The year hit me and I just had to mention it.
So back to Tim Horton's business venture and his first shop in my own fair city. This shop sits on Ottawa Street and bears a plaque boasting of it uniqueness.
And now you know that the great Canadian Love Affair is none other than Tim Horton's coffee and donut shops.
The early years
By 1967 Tim Horton had gone into business with an ex policeman, Ron Joyce and together they ended up making the start of a very successful business venture. They started out with coffee, of course, and two signature donuts, the Dutchie and the Apple Fritter. These are stll popular today.
Unfortunately in 1974 Tim Horton himself was killed at all too young an age in an automobile accident while going back to his Buffalo home, after a game in Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. It had been just ten short years since he had this dream of a coffee and donut shop and now the chain would be carrying on without him. The years went along and things expanded with shops opening up in nearby locations, near to Hamilton and on into other Canadian cities, big or small.
Eventually other varieties of donuts were added and then one day they got the bright idea that we should eat the hole too. And so the "Tim Bit" was born. Today there are over 30 varieties of these little bite sized nuggets. This is great, because somehow you don't feel so bad if you eat four of these rather than one big donut. I think I may be fooling only myself though when it comes to this. Eventually muffins were added to the mix; and then cookies, croissants, tea biscuits., soup and chilli, sandwiches - and on and on - well you get the picture.
Tim's Has A Heart
One of the great things that Tim's does is support a camping adventure through the Tim Horton's Children Foundation, a fun filled adventure for kids in economically disadvantaged families. Much of the funding comes from Store Owners and affiliates, besides donation boxes that are visible in all Tim Horton locations in the summer months.
And for 26 years now they have been running a contest "Roll up the Rim", starting sometime in February for a period of weeks - where rolling up the rim of the coffee cup could find you wining huge prizes, such as a TV or other digital equipment -and best of all a car. Sadly all I have ever won is a donut or a coffee. But hey, it's something and it is always fun to participate.
These days there are thousands of Tim Horton's locations across Canada and in some of the United States. There are several more big kids on the block in the way of competition. There has always been Second Cup and MacDonalds to name a couple and in the last few years Starbucks has dared to venture into our territory bringing all of their fancy coffees, capuccinos, lattes and mochachinos. But in True Tim's fashion they have stepped up to the plate and are holding their own, offering some of the same things. And through all of these years, my husband and I have never wavered from good old Tim's, well maybe once in a while, but for the most part Tim's was always our great Canadian Love Affair - whether it be dropping in to sit with a coffee and a snack, or to pick up a coffee in the drive through and take that traveler with us on our journey.
And to think it all started in Hamilton!!!
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