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I thought I knew alot about my country, Canada – but I didn’t know most of these facts found in this article.    I didn’t know that our national sport was lacrosse?????  what happened to hockey????

1. We made the world’s first $1-million coin

In 2007, the Royal Canadian Mint issued the world’s first million-dollar coin (it was also named the world’s largest gold coin by Guinness World Records). To date, five of these coins have been bought by investors.

2. We eat 55 percent more Kraft Dinner than Americans do.

Yes, us northerners really love instant macaroni and cheese—which maybe isn’t so surprising given The Barenaked Ladies even referenced this university dinner staple in their song, “If I Had a Million Dollars.”

3. We built the world’s first UFO landing pad

St. Paul, Alberta, is home to the world’s first landing pad for alien life. The raised cement pad was built in 1967 and was officially opened by then Minister of National Defense (and open alien conspiracy theorist) Paul Hellyer.

4. We never owned Alaska

It’s a common misconception that Canada “sold” Alaska to the U.S. Not true. Our southern neighbours bought the state from Russia in 1867.

5. We almost shared currency with Iceland

In the aftermath of the country’s economic collapse, Iceland’s government publicly considered adopting Canada’s currency, prompting speculation that Greenland would also consider taking on the loonie.

6. We’re home to the waterfall capital of the world

The region surrounding the steel town of Hamilton, Ontario, has more than 100 waterfalls, and is dubbed both “The City of Waterfalls” and “The Waterfall Capital of the World.” It may be a self-made claim, but it works for publicity: do a Google search for “waterfall capital” and top spots go to the Hammer.

7. We harvest icebergs in Newfoundland and Labrador for vodka

Ever seen Iceberg Vodka at your local liquor store? It’s the only vodka in the world made from icebergs, which are harvested from Iceberg Alley, off Newfoundland’s east coast, then processed in St. John’s. Ontario has a hand in there, too—the alcohol part is triple-distilled from Ontario sweet corn.

8. We’re the garter snake capital of the world

If you’re not scared to see tens of thousands of red-garter snakes in a mating frenzy, head to the Narcisse Snake Den in Manitoba. For two periods each year, visitors can see “more snakes at a glance than anywhere else in the world,” according to the Government of Manitoba’s website.

Click here for the other 7 items in the originial article by Tammy Burns in Cottage Life.

 

 

Comments on: "15 Things Most Canadians Don’t Know about Canada" (22)

  1. Wow, Kraft Dinner. Doesn’t get any better than that!!!

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  2. You lost me at the snake mating frenzy! Ahhh! What on earth is “taking on the loonie”?

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  3. Quite the list … love tidbits like this – and cheers to my northern neighbors.

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  4. Very informative post, I did not know any of that! I have nominated you for the Brotherhood of the World Bloggers Award please check https://onceuponahotflash.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/brotherhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/, much deserved!

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  5. butchcountry67 said:

    Canada also has 1 of only 4 salt water lakes on the planet… it is located in Saskatchewan, it is 10 times saltier than the famous Dead Sea …. 🙂 … I live 3 hours south of that lake

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  6. must…go…to…Manitoba…

    Have dived to the depths of the St. Lawrence (go zebra mussels! nice clear water!) and thoroughly enjoyed the town of Prescott. What I remember most about crossing the border from the US is the gazillions of Canadian flags… yup, you’re in CANADA!

    Also made the World’s Fair back in the …uh, whatevermumblemumble60s or something. I remember thinking Canada was French then. And I have a little Mountie on a black horse. And we saw the real ones.

    Brendan Fraser rules.

    I learned a lot since then. Like most of my favorite actors are Canadian, unless they’re from the UK.

    And two Canadian kennels are the only ones gutsy enough to just run traditional Siberians in the Iditarod (you won’t win, but you’ll get there for sure). Yeay teams North Wapiti and Winterdance!

    And you have real health care.

    And a huge crater up there in the northeast somewhere… looks like a lake that goes in a circle.

    And whatever happened to the Red Green Show?????

    Canada is awesome.

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    • Thanks so much for all that information. I haven’t done many of those things. We do have a lovely country…The Red Green Show….awesome

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  7. KD *drools* But.. I digress. Good facts. 🙂

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  8. yeseventhistoowillpass said:

    Now that’s great knowledge!

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  9. I learned something today – Vodka, for me, was made from potatoes – now I looked it up before I posted a rant .. and found out there are Vodkas which are produced from cereals.
    ” Traditionally, vodka is made by the distillation of fermented cereal grains or potatoes, though some modern brands use other substances, such as fruits or sugar.” (Wikipedia) – so I learned something today beyond Canada.

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  10. I like Kraft mac & cheese, so maybe I’d fit in well in your country. I enjoyed reading these little factoids.

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