Symbol #3 - Snow and Cold
The fact of the matter is, we live in an extreme northern climate, the main exception being the populated part of British Columbia (I'll give some some of the sissy spots in Ontario a break on this one, since they get winter). They (BC) are punished for the soft weather by having a CFL team that has to dress in a horrid shade of orange... Deep breath... Moving on.
We have snow. We have cold. Usually together. We are known for it. Do we kick butt at the Summer Olympics? No, we do not. We dominate the winter sports. As we should, since our winter can run for 6-8 months of the year. Our winters give us bragging rights. Or at least some significant shock factor when addressing those from softer climes.