41 Weird Facts That Prove Canada Is A LOT More Interesting Than Previously Thought.
Canada has always been known as the quieter and more gentle neighbour to the USA. While it is true hockey is revered and occupies a special place in the heart of every Canuck, there are other commonly held beliefs that are far from reality. For example, no Canadian lives in an igloo nor are the True North Strong and Free getting around in dog sleds.
In this post, we have compiled a series of interesting facts aimed at both expanding our limited knowledge about Canada as well as help us realize there is a lot more to this amazing nation than we realize.
Canada celebrates Thanksgiving much earlier than its American neighbours. Canadians give thanks the second Monday in October. Although the first version of Thanksgiving was celebrated first in Canada in 1578 in Newfoundland as opposed to the Americans in 1621. Canada actually had this holiday changed several times until 1957, when Parliament finalized the day and month.
#2. Spare some change?
The Canadian Royal Mint created a coin with the face value of $1 million. The coin itself is made of 99.99% gold and weighs over 220 lbs.
#3. A bunch of tree huggers.
Roughly 30% of Canada's total landmass is occupied by forest. Makes for great photo ops.
Forest Products Association of Canada
#4. It's cold, eh?
'Eh' is not placed just anywhere in a sentence. It's at the end used as a confirmation, agreement, or question.
#5. Maple Leaf.
Canada's flag became official on February 15, 1965, almost 100 years after it became a country in 1867. Canada has used approximately 13 different flag designs since 1497 before finally settling on the Maple Leaf.
#6. It's the garter snake capital of the world.
Narcisse Snake Dens is 130 km north of Winnipeg. Mid-April to early May you can see tens of thousands of garter snakes slithering from their dens. Viewing platforms are available for people to watch them from a distance.
#7. Crossing the border.
The Canada/USA border is the longest international border in the world. It lacks military defense.
#8. Hot factor.
Some of Hollywood's biggest and hottest stars come from up North.
#9. It's not Amsterdam but...
Prostitution is legal in Canada. It is, however, illegal to run a brothel or work as a pimp.
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