When I think about Canada, I can’t help but to think about Bob and Doug McKenzie played by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas. Bob and Doug McKenzie are a pair of fictional Canadian brothers who hosted “Great White North”, a sketch which was introduced on SCTV for the show’s third season. Bob is played by Rick Moranis and Doug is played by Dave Thomas. Although created originally as filler to both satisfy and mock network Canadian content demands, the duo became a pop culture phenomenon in both Canada and the United States. I believe they made the interjection “eh” famous. “Take off eh hoser”
Here are a few little fun facts. Some of my favorite actors, comedians, and musicians are from Canada ie. Avril Lavigne, Bryan Adams, Dan Aykroyd, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jim Carrey, John Candy, and the list goes on.
If you are into surfing, the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick has the highest tides in the world. These tides are called Tidal Bores. “A tidal bore, often simply given as bore in context, is a tidal phenomenon in which the leading edge of the incoming tide forms a wave (or waves) of water that travels up a river or narrow bay against the direction of the river or bay’s current”. (Wikipedia)
John Cabot was the first explorer to reach Canada in 1497. Canada was settled by Vikings in approximately 1000 AD. It’s definitely worth a visit to L’Anse aux Meadows. Canada is the second largest country in the world with Ottawa being the capital. Ottawa is the second coldest capital in the world. Canada is made up of ten provinces and three territories and has the longest coastline than any other country equalling over 150,000 miles. The Trans-Canada highway is the longest in the world which stretches over 4700 miles. You could drive from Colorado to New York and back and still not reach that distance.
It gets very cold in Canada. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Canada was -81.4F on February 3, 1957 in Snag, Yukon. I grew up in Northern Montana and we have reached temperatures close to that with the wind chill factored into it. The largest non-polar ice field in the world can be found in the St. Elias Mountains, Yukon Territory. It covers an area of 40 570 square kilometers of which 16,900 square kilometers are located in Canada, the remainder being in Alaska.
With obvious climate differences hockey and other winter sports are the national pastimes in Canada. Hockey was created in Montreal, Canada. The first game was played on March 3, 1875. Wayne Gretzky “The Great One” is known as the greatest hockey player ever. He played for 20 seasons from 1979 till 1999 for four teams. Because of a warmer climate the United States favorite pastime was Baseball but seems to lean more towards football these days.
All in all, I would love to visit Canada. It is beautiful. With half the country being forests, that makes one tenth of the world’s forests, it is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. From fishing, camping, hiking to surfing. It is a place that anyone can enjoy.