Canada is an amazing country. However, there are a some things about Canada that may just seem a bit weird to visitors or foreigners. Let’s get to the mind boggling facts about Canada with 4 things you didn’t know about Canada.
Extraterrestrials are welcome
We start this list with the most otherworldly! See what I did there? Ahem, lets begin. Canadians are generally known to be a friendly and tolerant bunch, so, it should come as no surprise that everyone is welcome in Canada. Canada even extends this welcome to extraterrestrials, you read right. In 1967, the world’s first official UFO landing pad was built in a small town called St. Paul in east-central Alberta, Canada.
The reason for this remarkable landmark was to celebrate Canada’s centennial. The landing pad is a concrete structure consisting of a raised platform with a map of Canada etched on the back stop. Moreover, there is a UFO tourist information centre adjacent to the structure to welcome visitors to this mystical landmark. Canada takes ‘be prepared for anything’ to a whole new level and we love it even more for this.
Would you like a toe with that?
The Sourtoe Cocktail was established in 1973 and has become somewhat of a tradition in Dawson City. What is this Cocktail exactly? Oh, pretty simple actually, It’s a mummified human toe, which is used to garnish a drink of your choice. Yes, it’s a real toe! Believe it or not, the toes have actually been swallowed a few times. There have been seven toes so far, most were swallowed by accident but one or two on purpose. A fine has been placed on this new toe to deter people from swallowing it.
The rule when it comes to this interesting cocktail is this; you choose to drink it slow or fast. However, whilst drinking your cocktail, your lips must touch the toe.
Polar bear Prison
Everybody knows that very naughty humans go to prison, however, in Canada naughty Polar Bears do too. On a more serious note, in a small town called Churchill in northern Canada, a former aircraft storage hangar is used as a Polar Bear Rehabilitation Center. The small town sits in the middle of the polar bear’s winter migration route and from time to time, the people of this small town have very personal encounters with the polar bears.
During the winter months, the polar bears migrate up to Hudson Bay, and sometimes, they make a small stop in Churchill to look for food. When misbehaved polar bears go too close to the town, they are brought to the Rehabilitation centre for a few weeks before being released back into the wild.
Santa Clause answers from Canada
Ending this list with every child’s dream letter! Rather than weird, this last one is pretty amazing. Children who want to write a letter to the famous Christmas man can send it to Canada. The best thing is that you can expect a reply! The kind men and women at the postal offices have been receiving letters on Santa’s behalf for years and reply to thousands of children each year. Moreover, Canada has more or less claimed Santa clause to be Canadian, so writing to Santa in Canada is quite fitting.
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