Since it was Canada Day yesterday (Trisha at 2 Big, 2 Little, hope you don’t mind that I used your image, just couldn’t resist Make sure to check out her Canada Day post), I came up with the idea to find some interesting and fun facts about Canada that many non-Canadians might never have heard of
So let’s see what fun stuff we can find about Canada, ok?
- Canada spans six time zones
- The two national sports are hockey and lacrosse
- Mail has not been delivered on Saturdays in over 35 years
- The penny (1 cent coin) will go out of circulation in 2013
- Canada is the biggest consumer of macaroni and cheese on earth
- Canada has exactly one border – and that is with the United States, coincidentally also the longest border between two nations in the world
- Among the inventions made by Canadians are the telephone, the electric cooking range, Kerosene, the electron microscope, the electronic organ, insulin, the IMAX film system, the snowmobile, and the process to produce paper out of wood fibres
- Canada is the home to such illustrious inhabitants such as the Sasquatch, a giant sloth-like creature known as the beaver-eater, a cannibalistic wildman named Windigo, and a number of lake monsters, such as Ogopogo in Lake Okanagan, British Columbia
- Throughout the country you can find town names such as Moose Jaw, Cereal, Viking, Head-Smashed-In-Bison Jump, Flin Flon or Medicine Hat
- Quebec City is the only walled city in North America.
- The city of Lloydminster is half in the province of Alberta and half in the province of Saskatchewan
- In Canada you can get ketchup chips, Aero, Smarties, Coffee Crisp, Kinder Surprise, all of which you can’t get in the USA…
- One Canadian (well, Quebec) specialty is poutine, where you take french fries, cheese curds and hot brown gravy and turn it into a dietician’s nightmare, but it is oh so tasty…
- Quebec produces more than 2/3 of the world’s maple syrup
- Basketball is Canadian
- We drink pop, not soda
- You can buy milk in bags, not just jugs and cartons.
- We pronounce the last letter in the alphabet ZED, not ZEE.
- You know 4 seasons: Winter, Still Winter, almost Winter and Construction.
I hope that you learned a little bit and maybe also laughed a bit – while some of the above seems absurd, all of the above is true