O Canada… 146 years old and still the most beautiful country to live in.
The 2nd largest country in the world with a population density of just 8.6 people per square mile. (there’s a lot of extra people in my square mile, but that’s ok, most of them are friendly). The average lifespan is just over 81 (women live longer so I am working on staying healthy)
So enough with the boring facts.
Seven weird and wonderful facts about Canada:
- Cryptozoologists ( now that is a career choice for all you recent graduates) claim that Canada is the home of several cryptids, including 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.
- If you visit Dawson City, Yukon, you can join the “Sourtoe Cocktail Club” —
all you have to do is finish a drink (of anything!) with a real human toe in the bottom. The club’s motto says, “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow — but the lips have gotta touch the toe.” (keep your shoes on while you are there… who knows where they get all these toes) Silly me, I did not join the club. I will have to go back… Road-trip anyone?
- Watson Lake, which is a gateway to the Yukon for travellers driving north from British Columbia, is home to a forest that has about 72,000 signposts. This all started in 1942 during the building of the Alaska Highway, with a U.S. Army G.I. who posted a sign to his hometown, and the mileage. It became a tradition for travellers. You can hang a sign yourself. (The Yukon has lots of fun stuff to do, when we are on that road-trip, lets take a sign.)
- Everyone knows Santa Claus lives in Canada. It’s thanks to thousands of kind Canadians that kids around the world get answers to their letters and emails to Santa each year. Canada Post volunteers have answered more than 1 million letters in 30 languages (including braille). They ask that you don’t include cookies, but do include the postal code: HOH OHO.
- Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island is home To an Annual Bathtub Race. It’s a
crazy competition that started in 1967. The first year close to 200 contestants started on the 36-mile course in converted bathtubs – only 48 finished. (did the rest forget to put in the plug?) This fun event is part of The Nanaimo Marine Festival, which includes a Bathtub Parade. 2013’s race day is July 28.
- One of Canada’s most unique Centennial projects in 1967 was the building of
the world’s first UFO Landing Pad in St. Paul, Alberta. The town provided the land, and local businesses provided building supplies and labour for the raised cement pad. Making things even stranger? Paul Hellyer, then Minister of National Defense, flew in (by helicopter, not spaceship) to officially open it. (how embarrassing) They are still watching and waiting. Did the little green men on Mars get the memo?
- The Narcisse Snake Dens in Manitoba have more snakes in a concentrated area than anywhere else in the world. Tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes gather there every year. On the other hand, there are no snakes on the island of Newfoundland. (on our road-trip we can take some Garter snakes from Manitoba and deliver them. I am sure our kindness will be appreciated by both provinces).
Consider this your official invitation to join me on the road-trip. we will be searching for Cryptids, drinking and hanging signs in the Yukon, looking for aliens, gathering and delivering snakes, racing a bathtub (BYOP – bring your own plug) and most importantly, having a beer with Santa.
Just let me know in the comments if you want to join the road-trip…
- Happy Canada Day!! (vancouverandy.wordpress.com)
- Five interesting facts about Canada (twiztedbydesign.wordpress.com)
- Canada Day: An Interview with the Birthday Girl (avintagelife.wordpress.com)
- Canada Day Gets A Google Doodle (webpronews.com)
- Day 39: Driving on the Klondike Highway (wanderingdawgs.com)
- What’s Watson Lake? (bowings.wordpress.com)