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Canada - Just For Fun
by Canada Blooms
October 3, 2016

As we gear up to Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation we thought we would look at a few things that make us different from the rest of the world.

Here are just 8 things suggested by Tammy Burns in her article 15 Things most Canadians don't know about their own country:

We made the world’s first $1-million coin

In 2007, the Royal Canadian Mint issued the world’s first million-dollar coin (it was also named the world’s largest gold coin by Guinness World Records). To date, five of these coins have been bought by investors.

We eat 55 percent more Kraft Dinner than Americans do

Yes, us northerners really love instant macaroni and cheese—which maybe isn’t so surprising given The Barenaked Ladies even referenced this university dinner staple in their song, “If I Had a Million Dollars.”

We built the world’s first UFO landing pad

St. Paul, Alberta, is home to the world’s first landing pad for alien life. The raised cement pad was built in 1967 and was officially opened by then Minister of National Defense (and open alien conspiracy theorist) Paul Hellyer

We almost shared currency with Iceland In the aftermath of the country’s economic collapse, Iceland’s government publicly considered adopting Canada’s currency, prompting speculation that Greenland would also consider taking on the loonie.

We’re home to the waterfall capital of the world

The region surrounding the steel town of Hamilton, Ontario, has more than 100 waterfalls, and is dubbed both “The City of Waterfalls” and “The Waterfall Capital of the World.” It may be a self-made claim, but it works for publicity: do a Google search for “waterfall capital” and top spots go to the Hammer.

We harvest icebergs in Newfoundland and Labrador for vodka

Ever seen Iceberg Vodka at your local liquor store? It’s the only vodka in the world made from icebergs, which are harvested from Iceberg Alley, off Newfoundland’s east coast, then processed in St. John’s. Ontario has a hand in there, too—the alcohol part is Canada Blooms Oh! Canada triple-distilled from Ontario sweet corn.

We have more doughnut shops per capita than anywhere else in the world

The doughnut may be commonly considered an American sweet, but it turns out we eat more of the deep-fried treat than anywhere else on the planet. Which maybe isn’t so surprising—how many Tim Hortons do you pass on your daily commute?

We supply a third of the world’s French fries

Thanks to the McCain empire, one-third of the world’s French fry supply comes from the small town of Florenceville-Bristol in New Brunswick. From the delightful TBG Newsletter http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/

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