Lemme guess: When you think of Canadian head wear, you automatically think of the touque.
But I bet if you walked into a Timmy’s or a Swiss Chalet right now, you wouldn’t see so many touques, but a whole lot of something else on people’s heads.
That’s because in real-world Canada—not dreamland Canada where the politicians and fashion historians seem to live—ball caps are the true unofficial hat of Canadians. Not touques.
Forwards, sideways, on an angle, heck, even backwards—we wear ball caps in any direction we like, because there are no rules. The way we wear em depends on what angle the sun is coming at us, because us Canadians like to shade our eyes, so we can keep them wide open to spot American celebrities who happen to be filming movies up here in “Hollywood North.”
Ball caps allow us to show our Canadian pride, by wearing the colours and logos of our favourite local teams, like the Canadiens, or Jays, or Canucks, or Patriots.
We’ve even been known to wear ball caps in the winter, when it’s freezing cold out. I’m pretty sure I once saw a guy wearing a ball cap while downhill skiing. I tried to ski closer to the guy, to get a better look, but he was faster than me and I lost him—I tend to take it slow on the moguls, because of my knees. I kept looking for the rest of the morning, but never saw so much as a glimpse of him.
But I’m pretty sure he was wearing a ball cap. Amazing that it didn’t blow off.