Canada is a wonderful country full of friendly people, amazing mountains, crystal clear rivers and lakes, expansive prairies, exciting urban cities, and sleepy small towns. It is beautiful in its diversity and it is my home and native land.
A few fun facts about Canada.
– Canadians consume more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world. (If my family is any indicator, then this must be true!)
– Yonge street in Ontario is the longest street in the world, measuring 1178 miles or 1896 kilometers. (The number of bus stops on this street is somewhere in the billions, I think.)
– Canada has 6 time zones.
– The border between Canada and the United States is the longest border in the world.
– Northern Canada is called “The Land Of The Midnight Sun” where from May to August, you can experience 24 hours of daylight. You will need a sleeping mask or black out curtains to get any rest.
– A black bear cub from Canada named Winnipeg (or “Winnie,” for short) was one of the most popular attractions at the London Zoo after it was donated to the zoo in 1915. Winnie became a favorite of Christopher Robin Milne and inspired the stories written by his father, A.A. Milne, about Winnie-the-Pooh.
– Canada is home to about 15,000 polar bears.
– Some of the craziest city and town names in Canada include: Climax, Conception Bay, Snowflake, Moonbeam, Likely, Pooh Lake, Ripples, Paradise, Punkeydoodles Corners, Eyebrow, Elbow, Dildo, Happy Adventure, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Love, Snafu Creek, Garden of Eden and Brilliant!
– A Canadian invented basketball. Other Canadian inventions include insulin, electric stoves, peanut butter, IMAX, telephones, wheelchairs, Trivial Pursuit, and WonderBra. Just to name a few.
– Famous Canadian funny people include John Candy, Howie Mandel, Jim Carrey, Martin Short, Dan Akroyd, Catherine O’Hara, Andrea Martin, Mike Myers, Sandra Oh, Nia Vardolos, Michael J Fox, Tommy Chong, and Eugene Levy.
– The Canadian province of Quebec produces 75% of the world’s maple syrup. It takes about 50 liters (13 US gallons) of sap to make 1 liter (1/4 gallon) of maple syrup.
– We say “eh”, apparently, a lot. However, we don’t even hear it.
– Poutine! (Need I say more?)
No matter which part of this beautiful country you live in, take pride in knowing that you live in a wonderful, exciting, diverse country with many fine qualities and characteristics, and one that I am proud to call home.
Nanaimo bars originated in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Mabel Jenkins, a local housewife from Cowichan Bay, submitted the recipe to the annual Ladysmith and Cowichan Women’s Institute Cookbook. This cookbook was sold in the early 1950s in the region as a fundraiser. It became popular in many of the province’s households and was sold in many of the coffee shops on Nanaimo’s Commercial Street.
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