Tuesday, 30 June 2015

10 Awesome Facts You Didn't Know About Canada

There are so many reasons why Canada is such a wonderful place to live. Whether it’s our expansive and varied landscape, our diverse culture, or our “help our neighbours” attitude, everyone can agree, Canada is the coolest. All puns aside, there are some weird, wonderful, and unexpected facts about Canada that you may not have been aware of: so read on and find out more about the uniqueness of our Country and how it helps to define us as a nation.

10 Facts about Canada you probably didn't know:

1. Canada has the safest highways for Animals! Ever drive through Banff National Park and encounter those magnificent animal crossing bridges? The structures were designed to reduce animal fatalities, increase safety for Canadian drivers, and to promote the preservation of our parks and wildlife. Who uses these bridges? Bears, wolves, moose, elk, sheep, and the odd coyote or two.

2. Parts of Canada are missing gravity! Yes, you read that correctly. Parts of Canada have lower gravitational levels (especially in the Hudson Bay area) than all other areas in the world. We’d love to explain this phenomenon in more detail, but we’re brokers, not scientists. Learn more about Canada’s lower gravity levels here.

3. We built a UFO landing pad. Canada isn’t just famous for being the home of the 90’s popular scifi series, The X-Files, but also boasts its own UFO landing pad built in 1967 in St. Paul, Alberta. Although there have been no reports of UFOs landing there, a helicopter did make a stop in 1990.

4. Canada is the largest exporter of lentils. Although lentils aren’t really the food staple for most Canadians, we do however provide lentils to over 100 Countries!

5. Canada has the most doughnut shops per capita! I know this isn't hard to believe as Tim Horton's is our nation's pride and joy, but still, that's pretty cool. 

6. 2.4 million Caribou live in Canada! That’s right, we have more caribou (AKA reindeer) than the population of people living in Calgary and Edmonton combined!

7. The residents of Churchill, Manitoba leave their cars unlocked so people can use the vehicle to escape a polar bear attack!

8.  77% of the world’s maple syrup is manufactured in Quebec. Think about that wonderful statistic when you’re oozing maple syrup on your Stampede breakfast pancakes!

9. Manitoba’s Narcisse Snake Dens has the largest concentration of Garter snakes in the world.


10.  It took one hundred years to get a Canadian flag! The nation was founded in 1867, but the Canadian flag wasn't officially selected until 1965!


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