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Celebrate Canada’s Contribution To Trek July 1, 2008

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On July 1st 1867 the British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada joined together to form a ‘Federation’ and Canadians celebrate this day as a national holiday commemorating the ‘birth’ of Canada. Canada was mentioned a few times on Star Trek, but its greatest contribution is as the real-life birthplace of many Trek stars, including three series regulars.

The most notable Canadian in Trek would be William Shatner, in the video below the original Captain Kirk shows he is a proud Canadian

Here is a list Canadians in Trek (from Memory Alpha)

Some of Trek’s Canadians


UPDATE: Apparently we forgot to mention one of the greatest Canadians of all. Stephen McHattie, who impersonates TrekMovie’s own resident expert, Senator Vreenak

McHattie, Romulan and Canadian

Canadians Love their Trek
Almost 8% of visitors to TrekMovie.com come from Canada (coming in a close second behind the UK for international visitors). Canada is also home to TrekMovie.com’s own Alex Fletcher, our Comics editor. The Space Channel in Canada still plays Star Trek The Original Series, Star Trek The Next Generation, and Star Trek Voyager in regular rotation, something they have done for years. This commercial for the Space Channel from 2001 makes the point well.


Canadian Triva

So to all all our friends north of the border, Happy Canada Day



1. Brian - July 1, 2008

Congrats, I had no idea there were that many Canadian actors in trek! first?

2. Rob Westgate - July 1, 2008

john Llyr formally of Space, is the Man, no one takes a Klingon punch like him.

Happy Canada Day!

Anyone outside of Canada, please find a Canadian Beer and raise a toast to this wonderful country of mine!

Thank You!!!!!!

3. Green-Blooded-Bastard - July 1, 2008

Canadian girls ROCK!!!!!

4. Commodore Redshirt - July 1, 2008

is that north of Seattle?

5. Josh - July 1, 2008

I always knew those Klingons were hoser heads…

6. Charles Trotter - July 1, 2008

I would like to point out that that list may not be complete. ;)

7. Sxottlan - July 1, 2008

I think Eddington was the only known Canadian on the show. Or at least, he had a Canadian coin that seemed to go way back in his family.

Happy Canada Day!

8. DJ Neelix - July 1, 2008

I have never been there, but I like Canada!

9. Lousy_Canadian - July 1, 2008

Thanks for posting this Trek Movie! It’s very interesting and makes me proud when I know how deeply involved our culture is with this great franchise. I know there will be more to come after the new movie comes out and I’ll depend to hear from you guys as you report it as always! Once again, Thank you!

Happy Canada Day from this Puck Slapping Maple Sucker! ;D

10. Jimtibkirk - July 1, 2008

More trivia:

1. The robotic arms deployed on the shuttles and the ISS are Canadian, as is the new ISS robot named Dexter.

2. Lester B. Pearson (Canadian Prime Minister 1963-68) is considered by some to be the inspiration of the Prime Directive concept for Gene Roddenberry. When he was Canada’s External Affairs Minister, Pearson originated the notion of noninterference when he masterminded the first United Nations peace-keeping force in 1956 during the Suez Crisis. For his groundbreaking work, Pearson won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957.

11. Lancelot Narayan - July 1, 2008

Isn’t William T. Riker supposed to be Canadian?


12. Wrath - July 1, 2008

Nah he’s from Alaska.

13. Spoctor McKirk - July 1, 2008

All of the following are Canadian…

AM radio
The telephone
The zipper
The music synthesizer
The electron microscope
Trivial Pursuit
Pamela Anderson (sorry about that one)

14. Charles Trotter - July 1, 2008

#13 Spoctor McKirk

“Pamela Anderson (sorry about that one)”

No worries, we’re still apologizing for Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, Britney Spears, Justin Guarini, and Paris Hilton… among many, many others. :P

15. Spoctor McKirk - July 1, 2008

…and, correct me if I’m wrong, Star Trek TOS premiered in Canada a day or two before it’s Sep.8/66 premiere in the U.S.

Happy 141st birthday, Canada!

16. Lancelot Narayan - July 1, 2008

#12 Of course – hence the beard!

17. David - July 1, 2008

Just a small point – we have a confederation, not a federation. But thanks for the good wishes… :-)

18. cugel the clever - July 1, 2008


Riker’s “Canada connection” is from TNG episode “Lower Decks”. One of the junior officers on Ent-D was Sam Lavelle and Riker was his commanding officer. There was a personality conflict with Riker (he believed that Lavelle was always trying to “ingratiate himself” to RIker) and communications between the two were strained and awkward. One of Lavelle’s grandfathers was from Canada. Lavelle incorrectly believed that Riker was from Canada and in an attempt at small talk with him, Lavelle mentioned the point. Riker rather coldly corrected Lavelle and informed him that he was from Alaska. This was yet another embarassement for Lavelle and further increased his paranoia that Riker didn’t like him.

19. Captain Hackett - July 1, 2008

Thank you very much!

I am going to downtown Ottawa to celebrate with my fellow Canadians for beer and firework display tonight!

20. CanuckLou - July 1, 2008

Wow! Thanks TrekMovie for the birthday wishes! Yes we are big Trek fans up here and are very proud of our participation in Trek.

@13 guess hockey wasn’t mentioned because its a given, he? ;D

21. Captain Hackett - July 1, 2008

Oh you forgot to add Stephen McHattie. He played a Romulan senator who screamed “IT’S FAKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!” in DS9. He is from Nova Scotia.

22. Janice - July 1, 2008

I loved that commercial, LOL.

23. Scott - July 1, 2008

I’m an American with deep respect and affection for our neighbors to the north. Canadians are awesome.

Does anyone know if Bill Shatner has retained his Canadian citizenship, or has he converted?

Scott B. out.

24. EM - July 1, 2008

More Canadiana!

Sir Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best developed insulin at the University of Toronto in 1921 – 1922.

The world’s first wireless message was received by G. Marconi in 1910 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Canada’s first Train Robbery happened on September 10, 1904. One of the robbers was Bill Miner, a well known U.S. stage-coach and train robber.

Manzo Nagano became the first official Japanese immigrant (1877) to Canada.

On December 9, 1775 the first Post Office in Canada opened in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

James Naismith, a Canadian, created basketball at an American university in 1891.

Oh yeah, Joe Shuster is Canadian.

Happy 141st to Canada!!!!

25. Dr. Image - July 1, 2008

And then there’s STNV’s elusive Ron Boyd….

26. JeFF - July 1, 2008

Canada ROCKS.

Toronto is one of my favorite cities ever…

AND, Battlestar Galactica is filmed in Vancouver, and MANY of the stars of the show hail from various parts of Canada.

Happy Canada Day!

27. Trekdude - July 1, 2008

Has 17.David Say we have a confederation, not a federation

May be in a few years we will have the federation of planet BUT not yet…..

Happy CANADA day…….

28. British Naval Dude - July 1, 2008

it puzzled me that Starfleet adopted the Mountie uniforms for many of tha’ films… looked good… I wear a replica o’ it for formal events aboard ship… got a maple syrup stain on tha’ coat’s white flappy part…

then there wuz tha’ time the USS Celine Dion was attacked by a space moose… turns oot it wuz a Rommie ship but Ensign Hanson couldn’t see tha’ radar correctly as his eye wuz swollen from a puck ta’ tha socket…

I feel all warm and sticky wrapped in the bonny maple syrup o’ Canada… but ye’ can keep yer “bacon”… sorry, mates…

ain’t Quebec City aboot ta’ turn over ta’ 400?


29. CmdrR - July 1, 2008

Anne Murray would make a great Klingon.

Paul Schaeffer should be the Vulcan science officer on Farran Tahir’s ship.

And… Harry Ballz as the Beaver.

30. Dave in RI - July 1, 2008

Interesting that the actresses who played the Duras sisters are both Canadian.

Small nit: I don’t think Quadrotriticale itself was supposed to be invented in Canada, but that it was derived from a Canadian grain. I believe the episode states that…”the root grain, Triticale, can be traced back to 20th century Canada…” .

31. Eric Cheung - July 1, 2008

13. Basketball is from Springfield, MA. Just one town from where I grew up. It was invented by James Naismith at the YMCA as an off-season sport for the football team. Originally they used peach baskets instead of hoops. The Basketball Hall of Fame recently went under renovation and perhaps besides Dr. Suess, is the thing folks from Springfield seem most proud.

32. Chris - July 1, 2008

Thanks for the bloopers its been a long time since I’ve seen those and it made me laugh.

33. Demode - July 1, 2008

I’m Canadian (from Toronto). Love Space Channel. I just wish they would start showing DS9 again! I can’t find it on any Canadian channels.

34. Ian MacCallister - July 1, 2008

Actually Alexander Graham Bell was a Scotsman who moved to Canada when he was 18, so credit cannot be given due to geography,

Scottish inventions;
-adhesive postage stamps -anesthetics -antisepsis -artificial diamonds -reaping machine
-Bank of England -latent heat -Brownian movement -Buicks -chemical bonds -penicillin
-the decimal point -documentary films -Encyclopedia Britannica -engineering sciences
-fax machines -first cloned mammal -flailing machines -geosciences -golf -historical novels
-hypodermic syringes -Kelvin scale -percussion powder -logarithms -Maxwell’s equations
-marmalade -mackintosh raincoats -macadamized roads -microwave ovens -colloid chemistry
-breech-loading rifle -tubular steel -quinine -Sociology -pneumatic tires -hollow pipe drainage
-Peter Pan -radar -paleobiology -polarization -cure for scurvy -Halloween -refrigerators
-Neptune -Bakelite -iron bridges -solitons -the steam engine –telephones -thermos flasks/dewars -the telegraph -television -the stereotype -sulphuric acid -the steam-hammer
-cure for insomnia -paraffin -Sherlock Holmes -Jekyll and Hyde
-Whisky -US Navy-(founded by John Paul Jones) -Chilean Navy -Economics -Cloud Chamber

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Canada. I LIVE in Canada.
Canada rocks!

35. Selek - July 1, 2008

Just a small point – we have a confederation, not a federation. But thanks for the good wishes… :-)

Actually, we’re a constitutional monarchy. God save the Queen and pass the maple syrup!!

Happy Birthday, Canada. You’ve been a great home to me!

36. Selek - July 1, 2008

I think Eddington was the only known Canadian on the show. Or at least, he had a Canadian coin that seemed to go way back in his family.

Happy Canada Day!

It’s called a loonie and is worth a dollar. Great Canadian touch on that show.

37. Mark Lynch - July 1, 2008

Didn’t Canada invade America once and win? Why did they give it back? :-)

38. Jared - July 1, 2008

From Beautiful Victoria ,British Columbia, Canada…


We also invented time zones thank you very much!

And even though this will mean nothing to people not from Canada we are also the home of one Mr. Tommy Douglas!!!!

And as a Victorian I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Grammy winners and giant recording stars David Foster and Nelly Furtado and the NBA’s multiple MVP award winning Steve Nash

39. Eric Cheung - July 1, 2008

34. I think he may have been referring to Elisha Grey, also a Canadian. There was a long dispute and legal case about who was the proper inventor of the telephone. But as far as Bell, if you were to discount his native geography, then you must credit where he actually developed the telephone: Boston University.

Oh, and in addition to basketball, Massachusetts also invented volleyball, in Holyoke.

But yeah, Canada’s great. I love Montreal and Toronto seemed cool too.

40. Trekdude - July 1, 2008

Here the video the shat was inspired…..


41. Harry Ballz - July 1, 2008

#29 CmdrR “And Harry Ballz………as the Beaver”

CmdrR, now how did you know my nickname back in high school???

It’s very nice of all our Trek friends to remember us Canadians on our national holiday! Thanks!!

42. Paul-Fitz - July 1, 2008

Happy Canada day, I would love to go there some day…

43. EM - July 1, 2008

Kind of funny – The Shat.


44. boJac - July 1, 2008

Blame Canada!

45. The Man from Saskatoon - July 1, 2008

Happy Canada Day from Saskatoon!

46. Cow Town Rick - July 1, 2008

By the way, Wesley Crusher took a ski trip to my home town of Calgary, as mentioned in the episode The First Duty, I wonder if The Stampede will still be going on?!

47. Plum - July 1, 2008

Happy Canada Day from the birthplace of confederation… Prince Edward Island! Which is where I am right now, beer in hand. Every summer the population here doubles or more. There’s a massive cruise ship I can see from my backyard, people are eating ice cream and wandering around Charlottetown enjoying the sun.

36. Selek – the ‘canadian coin’ Eddington had was what he called a “lucky loonie”. We call our $1 coin a ‘loonie’ because of the bird on it.

48. Captain Pike - July 1, 2008

Last I heard Bill was still Canadian because “he was too afraid to take the citizenship test.” I don’t remember where I heard him say it, but I recall him being asked that in an interview sometime in the last few years.

49. Spoctor McKirk - July 1, 2008

#41 – Didn’t know Harry was Canadian. That’s a good thing. With our winters we need Harry Ballz!

50. Tim Lade - July 1, 2008

I am so glad that Trekmovie is celebrating the awesomeness that is my country! Go Canada Go!

51. Capitaine Picard Jr - July 1, 2008

Thanks Trek Movie for the Canada Day Tribute!
Raised in Montreal, huge Trek fan, and living now in sunny Belgium, I can only say Star Trek is a great way forward for how mankind could be in the future and your site helps us keep that dream alive…
Mu favorite Trek quote:
Capt Picard: “Merde!”

52. MONGO - July 1, 2008

Kim Cattrall great Canadian contribution. Mongo think she fine. Play great mannequin.

53. Vinceman - July 1, 2008


As a born and bred Canadian, thanks for the good wishes everybody. I really am quite proud of my country. It’s an amazing place.

There was an episode of VOY, I remember Harry and Tom walking down a corridor fully dressed in hockey equipment and uniforms. I think there are other hockey references in VOY.

Hey, had to throw in my Twonie (Canadian two dollar coin)


54. Wes - July 1, 2008

Canada= Andoria
U.S= Federation
The Middle East= Coridan (from TOS)
Demiliatrized Zone near North Korea= Neutral Zone

55. thisguy - July 1, 2008

It should be noted that through Confederation, it was rather a DOMINION that was formed….

Just a word. And a warning.

56. Thomas - July 1, 2008

37. I don’t know about that, but the United States made several incursions into Canada during The War of 1812.
Anyway, Happy Canada Day! I don’t drink, but I think I’ll watch “Strange Brew” with Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas.

57. WannaBeatle - July 1, 2008

I was up in Montreal last summer (almost exactly a year ago) at the same time Bill Shatner was there for some reason. It’s a shame I was soooo close but, so far.

I think that would have made my trip up there a lot less heartbreaking than it came out to be. I proposed to a girl, then came home a lot more earlier than planned (she did say ‘yes’ though) But, I did end up visiting the hotel where Lennon did his Bed in for Peace, though.

58. Robert J. Sawyer - July 1, 2008

Re: #23. I had the very great pleasure of working with Bill Shatner a few years ago on a project, and I asked him that very question (whether he was still a Canadian citizen). His answer was yes.

59. thisguy - July 1, 2008

The Original White House was burned down by British Forces (likely including many Canadians) during the War of 1812. Much of Washington was damaged from what I remember.

60. Joe Schmoe - July 1, 2008


Dude, you must be pretty darned old to remember that!

61. thisguy - July 1, 2008

Hey Joe

What I remember from my history book.
The ones they have in Canada.

62. Scott - July 1, 2008

#48 & #58: Thanks for confirming. I wonder if it’s to avoid paying US taxes… ;-)

Scott B. out.

P.S. #60: El Oh El.

63. LodownX - July 1, 2008

This is an unexpected and appreciated tribute.

Happy Canada Day from Windsor Ont… (across the river from Detroit – ya’ll).

64. Falvoant - July 1, 2008

Lets not forget Ron Boyd….

65. Edgar Governo - July 1, 2008

Happy Canada Day!

Other people have noted a lot of additional information on Canada and Trek, so I’ll just note that Star Trek: Enterprise is also still in rotation on Space: The Imagination Station…

I love the Space clip you posted, but would really love it if you could find the one with the same older woman teaching remedial Klingon. :)

66. Wes - July 1, 2008

this guy:
Hey, I am a History Major, and from what I recall from my History book, we were 1 town away from taking Canada from the British during the revolution! As for the War of 1812, I think you guys and the British cronies lost? Maybe I am living in a temporal paradox and we are communicating through an inverse tackyon pulse and I am shifting through time!:)

67. Harry Ballz - July 1, 2008

You’re shifting through SOMETHING!

68. Marky Mark - July 1, 2008

# 31 – James Naismith was a Canadian that moved to the States.

69. thisguy - July 1, 2008


I doubt the United States was ever “one town” from taking Canada from the British. That’s just astoudingly unreasonable. The American offensives into British North America were only moderately succesful at first, but eventually all failed (horribly on some fronts). I think Benedict Arnold was the commander for one of the invasions, actually.

The American revolution essentially secured independence for the .13 colonies. The British hold on Canada was never truly under threat.

As for 1812, it’s generally regarded by historians on both sides as being a stalemate. Though some will argue against that on both sides. I believe after the war, lands were redistributed to pre-war borders. Except for some island in new york. The end of the war actually lead to new diplomatic efforts which made the U.S and Britain increasingly friendly, and helped forge both Canada and the U.S. into the countries they are today.

70. thisguy - July 1, 2008

So yea, Im thinking inverse tackyon pulse for sure.

71. Treleth - July 1, 2008

#66, During the American Revolution, the US never actually tried to take Canada. Actually, over 65 000 Americans left the Thirteen Colonies for Canada, due to their loyalties.

During the War of 1812, nearly 12 000 Americans died compared to only 8,500 Canadians. Canada also skillfully repelled American invasions at Queenston Heights, and Quebec City (admittedly, America did raze York). Benedict Arnold’s army was severely devestated.

72. Newman - July 1, 2008

Thanks so much to TrekMovie.com for this article! I wondered if you guys were going to post anything for Canada Day. I really hope these posts don’t turn into a Canada vs. USA argument, because that is so un-Trek. Star Trek is something that transcends borders, and Trek’s popularity in Canada (and Canada’s contribution to Trek) really highlights this.

Thanks again Trekmovie.com for sending this shout-out to us Canadians. It makes us feel that much more welcome and appreciated.

PS Senator Vreenak is from Nova Scotia???? That’s so cool!!!!!

73. Xai - July 1, 2008

4. Commodore Redshirt – July 1, 2008
is that north of Seattle?”

Eh, no, it’s north of Minnesota, Land of 10,000 lakes and 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 mosquitos.

74. Newfoundland Inkslinger - July 1, 2008

Another one for Canadian Trivia:

The USS Gander was a Danube-class Federation runabout in service in 2375. It was stationed at Deep Space 9, and taken by Lieutenant Ezri Dax to search for Worf, who had been reported missing in action. The Gander was attacked and destroyed by two Jem’Hadar attack ships near the Goralis system. (DS9: “Penumbra”)

This ship was named after a river (Gander River) near the town of Gander, Newfoundland, Canada. Gander was a major aviation waypoint before the jet age, as the island is the closest point in North America to Europe.

The original name of the runabout was actually Ganges, until the writers remembered that the USS Ganges had been destroyed back in “Armageddon Game”. The line was dubbed in post-production but appears as Ganges in close-captioning.

(From Memory Alpha)

75. Uncle Rogi - Denali - July 1, 2008


13th colony?
Aren’t we croosing over into other territory now?


76. thisguy - July 1, 2008

Time is cyclical.

77. [The] TOS Purist aka The Purolator - July 1, 2008

Hail Canada, birthplace of The Shat!! :)

78. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - July 1, 2008

I’d like to send out my “All Hail!” to the Lord Nelson Hotel in Nelson British Columbia. If you’ve ever been there, you know why.

I also had my first ice cold pitcher of Kokanee there. And my second and third as well.

79. Jai1138 - July 1, 2008

I am a Canadian and I think on maybe three occasions in my life I’ve heard someone pronounce “about” as “aboot”.

But we all do take part in lumberjack activity and play hockey and drink beer constant;y — there are reasons why some cliches are true.

I do love the ST VI Canadian connections of Shatner and Plummer — and Doohan and Kim Cattrall, of course (sexier as a Vulcan extremist then she ever was on Sex and the City).

80. Montreal Paul - July 1, 2008

Happy Canada Day from the birth place of William Shatner.. Montreal!

note: There is a building at McGill university in Montreal named after William Shatner…

81. Captain Hackett - July 1, 2008

No. 33

I have lost my interest in watching the Space Channel because this network has showned alot of horror movies on the weekends lately. They should show much more movies like the 1950s classic science fiction movies.

82. Captain Hackett - July 1, 2008

To no. 74 Newfoundland Inkslinger

It is great to see another Newfie here! :) I am a Newfie living in Ottawa. I have kept wondering if I was only a Newfie who has taken part in reading and posting comments here.

In this case you wonder where on the Rock I am from. I grew up in a tiny village near Corner Brook. :)

83. Jamziz - July 1, 2008

Happy Canada’s Day from Toronto – great to see that we’re being recognized!

84. penguin44 - July 2, 2008

Of course the Snowmobile was also invented here in the big C.

Hockey, Plexiglass, The Canadarm and Canadarm 2 and Dextre on the ISS.
Green plastic garbage bags!
Java *programming language and app*
Standard Time
Electric Lightbulb
and many other wonderful *and not so wonderful* inventions!

85. Harry Ballz - July 2, 2008

Okay, Canada Day has come and gone so it’s time for us Canadians to stop bragging!

86. neal - July 2, 2008

I think it’s “confederation” in Canada, not “federation”. Anyone canucks here able to explain the difference?

87. Zip - July 2, 2008

To 82. Captain Hackett and . 74 Newfoundland Inkslinger
You’re not alone. I’ve been reading and sometimes posting here since it’s conception in July 2006, that’s before people started to say “first” in their posting.
Been a Fan since the 60’s, yep, the originals back in Sept, 1966. I’m alive and well in St. John’s, NL Canada.
Happy Canada Day, but tell Mr. Harper that coast to coast means Newfoundland too, seems he forgot in his speech stating Nova Scotia was … you know the rest of the story.

88. Robert J. Sawyer - July 2, 2008

Another Canadian invention: the standard graphics of a stylized man and woman used to identify which washroom is which: they were first introduced at Expo 67 in 1967, to deal with the international crowds there (Expo 76 was the Montreal World’s Fair, and was held in honour of Canada’s 100th birthday), and the symbols were adopted all over the world.

89. Tango - July 4, 2008

I’m probably going to be in Kingston on business in the Fall.

90. Harry Ballz - July 5, 2008

Tango, Kingston’s more like a big town than a city, but hey, have fun!

91. rh - February 28, 2010

B’Etor and Lursa are both Canadian? Well that explains a lot …

92. Angelena Ryherd - May 9, 2011

That looks fine nevertheless i am just still less than sure that I prefer it. However will look further into it and decide for myself! :)

93. Andy Patterson - July 2, 2011

I knew Shatner, Doohan and Colicos, but Wow, Kor and Cloud William…who knew?

94. Andy Patterson - July 2, 2011

Add Maynard Ferguson and the SCTV cast to that and there’s all my favorite Canadian exports.

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