7 Things You Didn’t Know About Canada

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Living with bears

Canada is the second largest country in the world, the most educated one, and the best country in which to be a woman, according to some experts.
Maybe that’s why nearly seven million people chose to immigrate to Canada so far. Here are seven things you probably didn’t know about this country! Some of them are useful, some are fun while others are just crazy!

1. In the small town of Churchill, the number of bears is equal to the number of human inhabitants. It may sound inviting for the tourists, but living with the bears is a lot less fun than you would think. Residents are taught how to react and most of them leave their cars unlocked, in case someone needs to escape from an encounter with the large animals.

2. Talking about bears… license plates in the Northwest Territories are shaped like polar bears. The pattern was first introduced in 1970 to celebrate the centennial of the territory and it has been retained ever since.

3. Canadians are famous for their pacifism and there are several facts that sustain the idea. First of all, Canada has no weapons of mass destruction since 1984 and public authorities have outspoken about their disapproval of such weapons. Secondly, the border between Canada and the U.S. (the longest border in the world, by the way) has no military defense. And if you are still not convinced, you should know that Police Departments in Canada encourage peace and kindness by giving out “positive tickets” for those who accomplish good deeds.

4. Some of the Canadian laws are rather peculiar. For example, in Montreal it’s illegal to swear in French; in Etobicoke, a maximum of 3.5 inches of water is allowed in a bathtub; children under the age of five can’t be locked in a refrigerator in Ottawa and you can’t eat ice-cream on Bank Street on a Sunday; in Beaconsfield, children can’t be buried alive in snow deeper than six feet.

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Maximum of 3.5 inches

5. Truth is stranger than fiction. In 2010, a 29-year-old man from Calgary, Canada rescued a newborn from a dumpster, only to find out that the child was his. He didn’t even know his girlfriend was pregnant.

6.  Several territories in North Canada have less gravity than the rest of the world. The phenomenon was discovered in the 1960’s.

7.  And finally, a good news for children everywhere. Santa Claus does exist and apparently he lives in Canada! If you want to make sure he gets your next letter, write “Hoh Oho, North Pole, Canada” on the envelope. Each year, over a million letters are sent to this postal code. If you have been good, you will receive a letter back from Santa himself and perhaps the present of your dreams.

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