Canada is famous for many things, and you can be sure that you will find lots of activities to do when you visit this country. These include sightseeing, hiking, fishing, or gambling at the best online casino in Canada, among others. In any case, we recommend that you first learn about the unique features of this country. To help you out, we’ve listed the most interesting of these features below. We are sure that you’ll hear some of them for the first time.
You Will Weigh Less in Canada
This is because there is less gravity in Canada. Okay, that’s a pretty small difference, and you won’t be able to jump around, but there will still be a difference: Canada is famous for having the lowest gravity on earth. Your weight will decrease by about a tenth of an ounce, without any diets. This is because about 21,000 years ago a massive glacier named “Laurentide Ice Sheet” almost completely deformed Hudson Bay. This deformation was so great that it caused a considerable loss of mass in Hudson Bay. Although the glacier disappeared with the end of the Ice Age, the loss in mass is still there, and less mass means less gravity. The difference may not be big, but there is still a difference.
Canada Is Not Actually a Country Name
French explorers who came to the country in the 16th century first encountered the Iroquois tribe and asked them for the name of this land. The tribal members answered “Kanata” because they did not fully understand what was meant by the question. Kanata is a word meaning village or settlement. The locals thought that French explorers meant the name of their place of residence. The French explorers, on the other hand, thought that it was the name of the country and started to call it Canada, due to the difficulties in pronouncing the letter “t”. In other words, the name of the country comes from a complete misunderstanding.
Canadians Burned the White House
Yes, they can be extremely kind people today, but Canadians cheerfully burned the White House nearly 200 years ago. This happened during the War of 1812. As you may remember from the history lesson, this war took place between the United States and Great Britain. However, Great Britain had many colonies at that time, all of which were involved in the war on behalf of the Queen. Among these colonies were the British who lived in Canada at that time, and they decided to burn the White House one night – why not? Historical records say that First Lady Dolley Madison ran from the burning mansion with a few precious pieces, and the building was almost completely burned down. Canadians burned not only the White House but all official buildings too. Almost none of the official buildings in Washington today are older than 200 years for this reason.
Canada is Bigger Than You Think
Just by looking at the map, you can’t tell how big this country actually is: Canada is a very, very big place. The longest coastline in the world is located in Canada. If you walked across the country without a break, this journey would take about 4.5 years. Wood Buffalo National Park is one of the largest natural parks in the whole world: it covers an area of 44,802 square meters, which is larger than Switzerland and the Netherlands. Canada is the second-largest country in the world after Russia, but its population density is extremely low. If there were no immigrants, no one would be living in more than half of the country: only 0.5% of the world’s population lives in Canada.
The Home of Snakes and Polar Bears
If you think predators live only in Australia, you are wrong: Canada is a country “rich” in poisonous and dangerous animals. There are approximately 25,000 Polar bears around the world, and 15,000 of them live in Canada. (Polar bears are the only animal species that see humans as prey.) For snakes, the situation is even worse: Manitoba is considered one of the most dangerous places in the world in terms of snake density. There are about 70,000 snakes in this area, and when they awaken from hibernation in May, they invade the entire state.
There’s Another City Underground
If you visit Toronto, you will see some signs around that say PATH. If you follow these signs, you can reach the largest underground city in the world. PATH was originally designed as a shopping complex, but Canadians decided to make it the largest in the world. The length of walkways in PATH exceeds 30 kilometers. There are also 1,200 shops, 50 office towers, 20 parking lots, 5 metro stations, and a railway station. Canadians love to spend time in PATH not only in winter but also in summer: when you go to Toronto, don’t forget to stop by.
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