Monday, March 31, 2014

Interesting Facts about Canada... Plus a #Giveaway!! #KaceyHammell

On Friday evening, my son came home all excited about some of the interesting things about Canada he didn’t know…and was THRILLED to tell me that there are NO snakes on the island of Newfoundland. LOL He knows the way to my heart, and I think I should consider moving there.

But I digress a bit, that’s a whole different blog! LOL

So I thought I would share a few of the interesting facts he was excited to tell me about.

And I’m offering up an EBOOK copy of 69 Mustang to anyone who comments below. Winner drawn on Wednesday of this week.

So, here's the facts:
>> Canada’s name comes from a misunderstanding between Jacques Cartier and some Iroquois youth who were pointing out a village (for which they used the word “Kanata”). They were actually trying to identify the small area which is present day Quebec City, but Cartier used the similar-sounding word “Canada” to refer to the whole area.

>> The Stanley Cup has its own bodyguard!
>> The Narcisse Snake Dens in Manitoba have more snakes in a concentrated area than anywhere else in the world. Tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes gather there every year.

>> There are no snakes on the island of Newfoundland.

>> Canada officially got its own national flag on February 15, 1965 — almost 100 years after it became a country (in 1867).

>> In 1962, Pincher Creek, Alberta experienced the fastest, biggest temperature change ever recorded in Canada as a result of a Chinook--a warm, dry wind that comes off the Rocky Mountains. The temperature rose from -19C to 22C in just one hour.
>> Forget the Loch Ness Monster: Canada has its own mysterious lake creature, Ogopogo, who reportedly lives in Lake Okanagan, British Columbia.

>> If you visit Dawson City, Yukon, you can join the “Sourtoe Cocktail Club” — all you have to do is finish a drink (of anything!) with a real human toe in the bottom. The club’s motto says, “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow — but the lips have gotta touch the toe.”

>> Between 1984 and 2008, it was illegal to sell pop in cans in PEI. All carbonated drinks had to be purchased in refillable glass bottles. PEI was the only place in North America to have a “can ban.”

And remember to share your thoughts/a comment below, and be entered to win an Ebook copy of 69 Mustang, which is set in my hometown. *g*

Until next time,

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting, Kacey! I knew some of those, but others are completely new to me. And no need to enter me, as I already have 69 Mustang. :)