Eating Everything at Tim Hortons
If I was to ask you, “What is Canadian?” You’d probably say Maple Syrup, Maple Leafs, Mounties and Hockey. After one trip to Canada you’ll also add…Tim Hortons.
Tim Hortons is a Canadian Coffee and Donut Shop (though their menu is much more elaborate than that). There are Tim’s (as they are called locally), on virtually every street corner. People go to Tim’s multiple times a week. Cashiers at Tim Hortons sometimes know their customers so well that their orders are ready the moment their car pulls into the parking lot. Canadians grew up going to Tim’s. Tim Hortons is the Canadian equivalent of Walt Disney – no exaggeration. There’s a fanaticism throughout the country towards Tim Hortons, their coffee and their donuts. And now they can add an American to the group – me!
- Chocolate Dipped Donut – my favorite
- Steeped Tea – Tea made like coffee - filtered and not in a bag
- Hot Chocolate – add a Peppermint Tea Bag for a real treat
- Apple Fritter
- Dutchie – one of their signature items filled with raisins and glazed over
- Maple Dip – A Canadian Flavor
- Sour Cream Glazed
- Tim Bits – donut holes
- Cranberry Blueberry Bran Muffin
- French Onion Soup
- English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Turkey Bacon Club Sandwich
I’ve become such a fan that I had to visit the very first Tim Hortons store. Store #1, located in Hamilton, Ontario opened in 1964. Tim Horton was a Canadian Hockey Player who wanted to invest in a business. With a commitment to great tasting, fresh food, Tim Hortons was born. There are now 3,500 stores in Canada, the United States (but not yet in Florida), and Ireland.
While the exterior has changed since ’64, the interior preserves the past with a small, interesting museum of Tim Hortons memorabilia.
Gate 166 at the Toronto Airport has a Tim Hortons. So just in case you couldn’t visit a physical store, you have one last chance before you depart to the United States. And that’s just what I did on my last day in Canada. See for yourself in this YouTube video.
Tim Hortons is as Canadian as Apple Pie is American. A trip to Canada isn’t complete without a trip to Tim’s.
What I enjoyed most about my trip to store #1 is it’s simplicity. It all started here. Think about all the businesses in your community; The big and the small. They all started somewhere by someone. Someone who had a dream. Someone who had a passion. Someone who wanted to make a difference in the lives of others.
Each of our communities has stories like these. But they’re often lost in the giant corporate management structures of today. But at least at store #1 in Hamilton, Ontario, that history remains, reminding every customer who visits every day that the coffee and donuts that are now symbolic of Canada had a start by a man with a dream. A man named Tim.
So I’d like to know. Does your community have a story like this? Is there a first store, memorial or marker to the beginning of a dream in your hometown. Comment with your answer.
I’ll see you out there…!