Monday, 23 September 2013

The Canadian Holy of Holies

Yea verily, hear ye the words of the Gospel of the Great White North:

. . . and on thy sacred pilgrimage, proceedeth thou to Ottawa Street in the holy city of Hamilton in the province of Ontario. Feareth not neither Tiger Cats nor the United Steelworkers Union nor yet even Sheila Copps, for the Lord Stanley shall protect thee on thy journey.


And lo, on Ottawa Street shalt thou findeth the Sacred Way revered by all true Canuckians of faith and lovers of donuts everywhere.


O thou unworthy one, behold the sacred shrine -- hallelujah, the very first Tim Hortons store in all of Canada! Shield thy eyes, cover thy head and kneel before its glory! For 'twas on this holy spot that Saint Tim himself trod in his hockey skates of fire. Yea and here createth he the very first Timbit, like unto the manna of heaven that did sustaineth the Israelites during their exodus from Egypt.


And the hand of the Lord Stanley did cause this plaque of bronze to appear on the front of the holy shrine, so that all who come may marvel at and worship at this sacred spot.


Yea verily, drinketh thou thy double-double and eateth thou thy maple glazed donut, symbols of all that be sacred and holy in this great land from sea to sea to sea.

Here endeth the lesson, eh?

[All photos by Debra She Who Seeks, May 2013. And a special thank you to Lois of Mid Life Fibres who told me of this sacred spot and how to get there this summer while in Hamilton!]

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44 comments:

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Yet another thing I have never heard of before. I suppose they will be everywhere soon.

Anne O'Leary said...

A friend of mine swears by their coffee and can't live without it.

I'm watching this programme called "Bomb Girls" about the women who worked in munitions during WWII and I just love it. It's nice to see some of your country. So pretty.

mxtodis123 said...

Something I've not heard of before. I wonder if they will come to the states.
Mary

gal artist said...

Mmmm donuts...now I'm hungry.

DEZMOND said...

you know I've never tried anything maple related, since we don't have it here....

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Wondering if they are as good as my toasted breakfast bagel with three citrus marmalade on top that I just ate.

Ken said...

AMEN, Sister! :)

heartinhand said...

Mmmmm! Just had an idea for a road trip. To buy a Timbit in as many Tim Horton's as possible across our great land!

Laurie said...

we visit the shrine I mean coffee shop everyday, my husband is hooked on the coffee and I of course am hooked on the dough nuts, in this small city we have six Tim Horton's ,,, just to keep everyone covered!My husband will sit in the drive through waiting for his next fix I mean coffee for 30 minutes yet he won't wait in a store for ten, explain that for me,

Jim said...

You're a genius, Debra! Loved this tribute to the shrine of shrines here in Canada!! Bet that Tim location is jam-packed 24/7!!

A Beer For The Shower said...

We don't have any of those here, but I've heard nothing but great things about their coffee. At least you can't miss what you've never tried, right?

Jeanne said...

Love it! :0)

Suzanne said...

Interesting....I've never heard of the place. Thank you for sharing

Linda Wildenstein said...

OMG that was amazing....eh? Oma Linda

Magaly Guerrero said...

I, though unworthy, tasted Saint Tim's blessed glazed circle of sweet goodness (that sounds rather questionable...).

I swallowed my piece fast, and because my companion's love was true (and I was probably looking at his holy pastry with longing) he fed it to me.

Sometimes a dream about it... and drool ;-D

SUZY8-TRACK said...

Never heard of this place, but your post was very funny!

Mary said...

Yummy! And great post. Lol. Alas, Tim Horton does not exist here in Oregon, but when sweetie and i venture home to Maine, we get to partake! Enjoy!

Leeanna Henderson said...

I've heard of Tim Horton's. They have awesome donuts as I've been told.
I love the way you did this divine blog entry. Too cute.

Sparkless said...

We will be worshiping at our local Tim's today even though it's not Sunday. Amen

jaz@octoberfarm said...

and i haveth a dent in the back of my car from backing into a dumpster in tim's parking lot in nova scotia!

Vanessa Morgan said...

Now that looks interesting. Never heard of it before though. Have a great week.

Jenn said...

Most excellent post!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

"Saint Tim..." Bahahaha.... Only in Canada :O

Loved this!

Guillaume said...

I used to like Tim Hortons, when they were making (seemingly) fresh doughnuts. Then they let themselves go and I doubt there is one franchise in Qu├ębec where the doughnuts are fresh. My brother once ripped one apart, it looked, sounded, smelled and tasted like cardboard. And then they started serving more muffins, third grade bagels and coffees than doughnuts, and their advertisement became subject of ridicule too. So I was very happy when Tim Hortons closed down on Mont-Royal Avenue.

missy said...

We don't have those here..Stuck with Starbucks!!

Magic Love Crow said...

Great post!! I love Saint Tim ;o)

Adam said...

I hear TH is in the USA now, but I haven't seen them here around my area.

Riot Kitty said...

This is hockeyspeak, yes?

JACKIESUE said...

Uh...kay!

Hindustanka said...

Debra, thanks for taking us a long :) Loved your narrative style :)

sophie...^5 said...

My world used to start with a DOUBLE DOUBLE please and oh please HURRY!!

The Spooky Whisk said...

I like the jalapeno bagels. Almost stopped there yesterday for one, along with hot chocolate and a little writing time. Only I ran out of time.

Miss Val's Creations said...

What a fun background of Tim Hortons!

Fundy Blue said...

Thank you for sharing this, Debra! I did not know the history! Every time I am in Canada, I have to got to Timmy's for coffee, a timbit, and a maple glazed doughnut! It's quintessentially Canadian! With more soul than Starbucks! Take care!

Elsie said...

I could go for one of those right now!

LL Cool Joe said...

Tim Horton doesn't exist in the UK. :D Well I'm sure there are a great many of them actually, but they probably have very little to do with donuts.

Robin Larkspur said...

Timmy's!!!! His timbits have spread to the South, to the humblefolk of New York, and has enlightened us with pumpkin muffins and maple bacon paninis, yea, verily.

Cheryl said...

I hang my head in shame as I have never tasted the deliciousness that is Tim Horton's donuts. I will take your word for it being a superior product.

My Grama's Soul said...

Oh be still my heart.....what IS NOT TO LOVE ABOUT A DONUT!

Jo

klahanie said...

Okay, eh. I celebrated the B.C. Lions winning the Grey Cup, the Vancouver Canucks winning the Stanley Cup, with a bunch of coffee and doughnuts from Tim Hortons, eh.

Then I woke up....

Dexter Klemperer said...

What!? No pictures of the doughnuts? I guess they were probably eaten too fast! :-)

CraveCute said...

We gave your Target, can't you give us Tom Hortons!

CraveCute said...

I meant TIM Hortons....

laughingwolf said...

last i heard, joyce was alive and well, living in nova scotia....