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A Canadian Love Affair

Updated on September 28, 2012
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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.


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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.

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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.


Current Day

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!!!

Hub Nomination

My hub has been nominated for a hubnugget for new writers. If you feel so inclined to vote for me, it would be much appreciated. Here is the link: http://hubpages.com/topics/food-and-cooking/1491

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That's too bad - I have heard that from others too and it is not good. I still seem to be a loyal Tim Horton's fan - maybe it's because I'm not much of a strong coffee drinker, or maybe it's just habit. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting with your take on things. : ) I do "not" like their new panini though!!!

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      Laura Brown 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I wish they would pay more attention to their actual coffee. I have given up on Tim Horton's unless I'm asked to meet someone there. I haven't had a good coffee at a Tim Horton's for a few years. I do give them a try now and then, mostly on road trips when Tim Horton's is the only coffee shop in the area. If possible I prefer a local diner, they usually have better or on par coffee with whatever Tim Horton's would be serving. Hortons staff are pouring old pots of coffee in with the fresher pot rather than tossing out the old coffee. They are not supposed to do that - but I've seen it done. That's most likely why the coffee isn't good any more.

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Beata - it was fun to do especially since it started in my city. And neat that this was nominated for a rising star and won. Yay!

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      An interesting hub, enjoyed it a lot:)

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Epi - did I say you were a "masher"? I'll change that to charming! You have a great Thanksgiving weekend down on Erie. : )

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Makc - Tim's was always a big part of my husband's and my life so I really wanted to do this piece and I am so happy that it won the hubnugget and now I am a "Rising Star" : ) Who knew? Even though my husband is no longer here, I often go for drives just like he and I did - with that cup of Tim's to go.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      .....and you're still the most beautiful woman ever to reach the shores of lake erie - and I didn't need a 'double double' in order to say that. lol

      lake erie time 2:15am

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      MAKC 5 years ago

      You have a great way with words. Both stories were uplifting. Nice job on Tim Hortons. You added some very interesting pieces of this history of Tim's coffee in Hamilton.

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Steve for your positive comments - and if you are ever up this way - check out Tim Horton's. : )

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      Steve West 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

      I enjoyed your hub and the way you put the page together, nice work. Good luck.

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for visiting glassvisage - and for your comments. It is so neat to be nominated!

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      glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for sharing this Hub! I learned a lot about Tim Hortons and its beginnings. I saw it for the first time when I went to Canada last year and was charmed by the little coffee shop. And congrats on being nominated!

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much Gail - appreciate it very much. And we Dunkin donuts in Canada too. So many things for so much competition - you wonder how they all survive! Thanks again for the vote.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Very interesting hub about a donut shop chain I never heard of before, but that reminded me of the American Dunkin Donuts chain which made "munchkins" out of the holes of donuts.

      I'm an avid hockey fan so I enjoyed the hockey tid bits that were in this hub.

      Congrats on your Hub Nugget award and good luck in the competition.

      Am voting this up and will share.

      Hub Hugs,

      Gail

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      Ellen 5 years ago

      Well done....love all the information and the photos

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh I didn't realize they were down in Connecticut too. I knew they were into New York State , Ohio and Michigan. Too bad it went out - ut I've seen 5 Guys Burgers up here too - athough I haven't yet been in it - will have to give it a try. Thanks for your comments.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      I really enjoyed this Hub. For about 10 years we had a Tim Hortons in my town in Connecticut in the U. S. When they went out of business a few years ago we were all sad. The building is now a 5 Guys Burgers and Fries Restaurant, but I still miss Tim Horton's.

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      Tonika 5 years ago

      Loved your story craiglyn, with the title I expected it to be a bit more saucy, lol. but loved it....very welll written.

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ah - what a wonderful story that would make Epi - or a poem of course. How neat is that! thank you for your comments. : )

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      .......well I just voted with extreme prejudice (as they say) for your wonderful hub presentation here especially for the Canadians here at the Hub who have grown up with 'Tim's' ...... and I have a fantastic story for you too - back in 1968 (it should the correct year) I was ten years old and the 2nd Tim Hortons opened up on Plains Road in Burlington and the entire Leaf team were there for the grand opening and I remembered getting autographs from Tim Horton, Frank Mahovlich, Dave Keon, Johnny Bower, Allan Stanley etc. etc.

      And Tim Horton's to this very day is still a big part of my night shift life - we drink 'his' coffee to keep awake and for me to get home safely in my hourly commute after work

      sending you warm wishes from daybreak and now the sunlight at lake erie time 7:39am

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you very much nmdonders. I enjoyed your Canadian facts too. : )

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      nmdonders 5 years ago

      I love the Roll Up The Rim game although, like you, I have only ever won a coffee or something small. It's still a joy to win! There always seems to be a Tim Horton's nearby when you're in Canada. I'm thankful for that. A great hub and well written :)

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Anne. You are right; I always feel good especially when things are being done for children. That tugs at most people's hearts, and you can always find some money to contribute, no matter how big or small. Yay, for Tim's.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Lynda. You know what I really liked about this hub . It´s the fact that the founders of this donut empire actually thanked their customers for their support, and give back , both in a charitable way to underprivileged kids..and their customers..How many business empires do that ? Great write up Lynda. Voted up and 3 + :)

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh thank you Jack - that is a wonderful compliment. And I do hope you come one day to indeed try out a Tim's. : )

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      Jackson 5 years ago from Denver

      You are a great story teller! Should I ever find myself in Canada, I will be sure to track down a Tim's.

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you once again whonunuwho. I had fun doing it. And I have to say that it truly was always a fav of my husband's and I -and I was going to share a story about Tims, in Craig's last days, but then decided it was not the appropriate time to do it. I think he whispered in my ear and that helped me make the decision not to - : )

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      This was so well done and really entertaining and informative about another, yet interesting spot in Canada.Thanks for sharing this story and about Tim, who seemed like a really good fellow. I'd like to try some of those donuts, myself. That "special place" is a part of all our lives and one to be revered.