Canada: 40 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Canada might be close to the United States, but how much do you really know about our Northern neighbor? Here, we present our list of 40 things you didn’t know about Canada in four parts. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for parts two through four, coming soon!

Number Forty: Canadians Celebrate Thanksgiving in October. While Americans celebrate Thanksgiving in November, Canadians celebrate it on the second Monday of October.

Number Thirty-Nine: They Have a $1 Million Coin. In 2007, the Canadian Royal Mint made a coin that has a value of $1 million. The coin is made of 99.99 percent gold, and in fact, it weighs more than 220 pounds!

Number Thirty-Eight: Almost Half of the Country Is Forest. While the United States has been largely developed (though by no means entirely), a whopping 30 percent of Canada is still made of forests.

Number Thirty-Seven: There’s a Right and Wrong Way to “Eh.” For Canadians, “eh” is inserted at the end of a sentence as a way to confirm, agree with, or ask something. Any other usage is incorrect.

Number Thirty-Six: It Didn’t Have an Official Flag Until 1965. Though Canada was a country long before 1965, its flag was not made official until then. Since 1497, Canada has gone through approximately 13 different iterations of a flag until settling on the maple leaf they use today.

Number Thirty-Five: It Is Home to Thousands of Garter Snakes. Canada is the garter snake capital of the world, and in the springtime, Canadians are able to see thousands of garter snakes coming out of their dens. In fact, there are even viewing platforms from which Canadians can watch the snakes.

Number Thirty-Four: The Canada/U.S. Border Is the World’s Longest. The border between Canada and the United States is the longest international border in the world, and amazingly, there is no military defense set up on the border.

Number Thirty-Three: It’s Home to Some Major Hotties. You might not know it, but some of the most famous actors in the world are from Canada, including Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling.

Number Thirty-Two: Prostitution Is Legal. Though it’s illegal to run a brothel or be a pimp, prostitution is absolutely legal.

Number Thirty-One: It Was the First Country to Build a UFO Landing Pad. The landing pad is located in St. Paul, Alberta, and it was built in 1967. Stay tuned for parts two through four of our list of 40 things you didn’t know about Canada, coming soon!