In all of my orientation talks and tours of the battlefield I've always made it a point to mention the importance and proximity of Canada in relation to the 1862 Maryland campaign. When I mention British intervention I'll point north toward Canada and remind the visitors that those redcoats wouldn't be coming from Britian, they were already right there, "...just north of Pennsylvania!".
I've often had Canadians come up to me afterwards and tell me that they appreciate the mention. They, as Canadians, and I, as a teacher are fully aware that the only thing Americans ever learn about (sorry, "aboot") Canada is the currency exchange rate.
Coming from Michigan, where I actually lived North of Canada (Point Pelee, look it up), Canada and Canadians were a tangible presence. Every kid, including me, who pulled out a pocketful of change to by a Milky Way would have, in that mitt of coins, one or two Canadian nickels or pennies, which, in Michigan, spent just the same as American.
Now that the U.S. and Canadian dollars are running neck and neck we're getting many more visitors from "way" up north visiting the battlefield. Generally from that giant province straight north - Ontario.
This past weekend I had a very nice couple from London, Ont. on my tour and they enjoyed it very much. At the end of the tour they came up to me and thanked me for the experience, which is always a nice thing to have happen, but for an added thanks she told me she was making me an "honorary Canadian citizen", and presented me with a tiny Maple Leaf Flag pin and a really cool lapel pin commemorating the 50th year of "her Majesty's reign". She was quite moved as she was telling me this.
Now, I know that this won't get me anywhere next time I cross into Fort Erie from Buffalo, but it was a very touching gesture.
Speaking of touching gestures involving Canada you may enjoy this.
Best wishes from just north of the Booner, eh?