I just watched part of How I Met Your Mother this evening. One of the characters, Robin Scherbatsky, is a Canadian (played by Cobie Smulders, also a Canadian) who is threatened with having to leave the United States. She doesn’t want to go so Doogie Howser helps her study for the citizenship test. She has a late night epiphany after getting drunk with a Canadian women’s curling team and waking up in Toronto, and realizes that she is Canadian at heart so she won’t take the test.
Back in the United States, she takes him to a Tim Hortons and they’re given change in Canadian bills. He says, “Why is this five [dollar bill] blue? And there are children playing hockey on the back! It’s like you want us to make fun of you.”
It’s such a silly throw-away line, but it’s also true. I present you with the back of the current Canadian $5 bill, courtesy of the Bank of Canada:
There certainly is hockey, but there’s skating and tobogganing too!