Happy 149th birthday Canada!
Today is Canada Day and BBQs, fireworks, and parades will be taking place from coast to coast. It's the first official long weekend of summer and it always means lots of fun times and celebrating!
Prince William and Kate Middleton visited on Canada Day four years ago!
Since most of my readers are in the States, I thought it would be fun to share some fun facts about Canada.
1. Our Thanksgiving is on a different day! We celebrate in October instead of November. This has something to do with our colder climate and our crops being ready to harvest sooner. Here's a recap of our Thanksgiving festivities from last year.
2. Canada discontinued the penny in 2013. Prices are still listed the same but cash gets rounded up or down. So if something costs $6.42, you pay $6.40 cash. I'm still getting used to it.
3. "Eh" is definitely not as popular as the stereotype says it is. I very rarely say it!
4. People participate in something called a Polar Bear swim where you go into Lake Ontario (or any other large body of water) on January 1st. I will never.
5. Canada is a bilingual country. All signage and is English and in French and it is mandatory to learn French until Grade 9.
6. Basketball was invented by a Canadian!
7. Poutine is a national food and you HAVE TO try it if you ever get the chance! Fries + gravy + cheese = heaven.
8. 60% of the world's polar bears call Canada home.
9. Canada's post office receives millions of letters address to Santa Claus from all over the world every year. And they respond to each one as "Mrs Claus" in the addressee's native language!
10. Canada uses British spelling, Celsius temps and the metric system.... sometimes. The road speed limits are listed in kilometres but weight is lbs.
So now that you're armed with a bunch of Canadian trivia, when are you coming to visit??
Either way, I hope you have a wonderful long weekend!