Heading into the Canada Day long weekend, one fact you probably know… geographically, The Canada-US border is the longest international border in the world. But, did you know, Canada has its own version of the Loch Ness Monster, Ogopogo, a sea creature located in British Columbia’s Okanagan Lake? Also, historic Quebec City, Quebec is the only city in North America surrounded by a fortified wall. Canada has more lakes than all other countries combined, representing 60% of the world’s lakes. Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick) has the world’s highest tides. The Trans Canada Highway, running between Victoria, British Columbia and St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, is reportedly the longest highway in the world. The annual Tulip Festival in the nation’s capital of Ottawa grew out of a gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs from the Netherlands sent every year as a thank you. In Churchill, Manitoba, the number of polar bears equals the number of residents. And locally, check out the new exhibits at the Meaford Museum this Canada Day weekend with the display of a recently acquired Canadian flag that was once raised on the Peace Tower of the Parliament Building in Ottawa… something that has a lengthy waiting list for anyone wanting their very own from Parliament Hill.
(Source: Sean Plummer and Rhonda Riche, Toronto Star; Image: business.financialpost.com)