Canada Day celebrates the birthday of Canada. On July 1, 1867 Canada became a new federation with its own constitution by signing the Constitution Act - formerly known as the British North America Act.
Canada Day is a national statutory holiday celebrated in all provinces and territories and it is a day off for most businesses.
Unwrapping some quotes about Canada...
Unwrapping some symbols of Canada...
10 weird things you can only do in Canada...
1. Sour toe cocktail (Dawson City, Yukon): You can drink fermented horse milk in Mongolia or rocket-fuel raki in Albania, but only in Canada can you drink a cocktail served with a human toe. Sixty-thousand people have joined the Sour Toe Cocktail Club. The toes occasionally get swallowed, despite a hefty fine.
2. Snorkel with salmon (Campbell River, B.C.): For a unique view of the Pacific West Coast’s annual salmon run, grab a wetsuit and let the current carry you downriver. You’ll float past tens of thousands of salmon migrating upriver to spawn and die.
3. Fire a gun in a mall (Edmonton): The West Edmonton Mall is the largest on the continent, attracting 30 million visitors a year. It’s also the only mall where you can fire a .44 Magnum, and other weapons, in the Wild West Shooting Centre.
4. Narcisse snake dens (Narcisse, Man.): Each spring, the world’s largest concentration of snakes, up to 150,000 red garters, slither into rock dens for their annual mating ritual. Visitors can pick them up, so long as they’re gentle.
5. Crooked Bush (Hafford, Sask.): Wild aspen forests in the prairies grow straight and tall, unless you visit this mysterious grove, which bend, twist and knot like a Tim Burton movie prop. Blamed on an unexplained genetic mutation.
6. Spend a night in jail (Ottawa): Canada’s hotel options are vast, but only one is a former prison, haunted by ghosts of the condemned. When the Nicholas Street jail closed in the 1970s due to inhumane conditions, it reopened as a backpacker hostel. Guests lock themselves in cells for the night.
7. Go for an Ice raft (Quebec City): Each February, Quebec hosts the world’s largest winter carnival, where you can ice-raft, dance in ice palaces and watch paddlers race across the cracked-ice soup of the Saint Lawrence River for the annual ice canoe race.
8. Raft a tidal wave (Urbania, N.S.): When the world’s largest tides back into rivers that feed them, it creates a true tidal wave. Hopping on a raft with an on-board motor to slam into this natural water park is distinctly fun, and uniquely Canadian.
9. Get Screeched (St. John’s, N.L.): To become an honorary Newfoundlander, visitors kiss a petrified cod (or a toy puffin’s behind), listen to ribald banter and shoot strong rum, known as screech. Only the brave pucker for the fish; screech has that effect on people.
10. Fly in a DC-3 (Yellowknife): Buffalo Airways is the world’s only DC-3 airline, serving remote communities on the 1935 aircraft, and providing fodder for the TV series, Ice Pilots NWT. Aviation enthusiasts visit from around the world for a ride
Unwrapping some more Canadian trivia...
Canadians are hilarious -- sometimes even intentionally -- as a disproportionate number of comic heavyweights like Jim Carrey, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Aykroyd, Seth Rogen, Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Michael Cera, Leslie Nielsen and so many others have repeatedly confirmed over the years.
What makes Canadians so crazy funny?
The subject has launched sociological studies, none of which are funny at all.
But even if you've never watched SCTV, can't name a single member of "The Kids in the Hall" and weren't aware that SNL was created and produced by a Torontonian, or that Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival is the world's biggest comedy festival, or that the most deadly funny movie sequence ever filmed (the "Serpentine!" scene from 1979's "The In-Laws") was directed by a dude from Edmonton -- know this:
If there's one thing Canada barrels superbly at home or abroad, for whatever boring reason, it's laughs.
Road trips are all about the food.
At least in places like Alberta or Manitoba, where nothing works up an appetite like hours of sedentary driving along some of the longest, straightest roads known to non-Australian mankind with nothing to do but count Petro-Canada stations -- and pull over for the best comfort food gracing any rest stop.
If you don't know these names, it's time to look beyond the Golden Arches.
You can eat McNuggets wherever.
Nothing says gustatory bliss on the Trans-Canada Highway like a peameal & natural smoked Bacon Bacon burger, or half-chicken plate with Chalet sauce, or a box of Timbits with a double-double coffee.
Adorable terms and phrases
While you'll be hard-pressed to find a real-life, toque-wearin' local who's ever called someone a "hoser" or told them to "take off," Canadians do call their two-dollar coins "Toonies," cases of beer "two-fours" and napkins "serviettes" in polite company.
Nowhere else will you be called a "rink rat" for loitering at ice arenas.
Or be "given the gears" if you do something dumb.
Or get asked, "What do you pay for hydro?"
Or alerted that "your gitch is showing" if your belt is too loose.
Really?? Yep...these are the facts!
* For some strange reason a UFO landing pad was built in St. Paul, Alberta in 1967. This was the first UFO landing pad to be built in the world, and was put together thanks to the town of St. Paul. I guess it never hurts to be prepared eh? Lol!
* In remote Churchill Manitoba, the world's only polar bear prison resides. It keeps the town safe from the bears breaking into their homes in search of food. The number of polar bears that pass through the town at times can outnumber the amount of humans living in it.
* Canada consumes more Mac & Cheese than any other country in the world.
* Santa Claus is actually from Canada. Our post office receives millions of letters for Santa during the Christmas season, and "Mrs. Claus" responds to every single one! Canada claimed the address of Santa Claus, North Pole, HOHOHO, so North Pole or not, Santa is Canadian. Letters come in from all over the world and are answered in different languages and even in braille.
*A Canadian invented the Hawaiian pizza. This pizza creation comes from Sam Panopoulos who lives in London, Ontario. He was the first to make this masterpiece at his restaurant in Chatham back in 1962.
* The Netherlands loves to shower us in tulips. In 1945 the Dutch sent Ottawa 100,000 tulip bulbs as a "thank you" for keeping a Dutch Princess and her kids safe during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in the Second World War. We even declared the maternity ward in the Ottawa Civic Hospital an official temporary part of international territory so the Princess's daughter could be born in no country and inherit only a Dutch citizenship. Since then, we constantly get tulips from the Dutch, hence the Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa in May.
Happy 149th birthday Canada!!
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