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How Well Do You Know Canada?

Here’s a quick quiz to test your knowledge of Canada.  Don’t worry, the answers are further down on the post.  If you don’t want to quiz yourself, just learn some trivia, it’s all here!  Have fun, that’s all I ask.

Graphic for Canada Day 2015 Quiz1. Where is the highest mountain?
a) Mount Logan, Yukon
b) Angel Peak, British Columbia
c) Mount Walsh, Yukon

2. What is Canada’s longest river?
a) Mackenzie, Northwest Territories
b) Athabasca, Alberta
c) St. Lawrence, Quebec/Ontario

3. Where can you find Canada’s oldest maple tree?
a) North Pelham, Ontario
b) Gaspe, Quebec
c) Richmond, British Columbia

4. What famous person opened the first post office in Canada?
a) Sir John A. Macdonald
b) Benjamin Franklin
c) John Molson

5. Where can you find the longest covered bridge?
a) Souris, Manitoba
b) Lethbridge, Alberta
c) Hartland, New Brunswick

6. Where can you find Canada’s biggest salt mine?
a) Goderich, Ontario
b) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
c) Calgary, Alberta

7. Where was the first emergency number implemented?
a) Winnipeg, Manitoba
b) Toronto, Ontario
c) Ottawa, Ontario

8. When did Canadian John R. Connon patent the first panoramic camera in the world?
a) 1788
b) 1800
c) 1888

Answers:
1. b) Angel Peak, British Columbia at 6,858 m. The second is Mount Logan, Yukon at 5,959 m.
2. a) Mackenzie, Northwest Territories at 4,240 km. The second is St. Lawrence, Quebec/Ontario at 3,060 km.
3. a) North Pelham, Ontario. It is estimated to be approx. 500 years old and is 30.5 m tall!
4. b) Benjamin Franklin. He was joint deputy postmaster-general for the British colonies in 1753.
5. c) Hartland, New Brunswick at 391 m it is the longest covered bridge on Earth!
6. a) Goderich, Ontario where it’s the world’s largest salt mine. Sifto extracts 6,577,089 tonnes a year.
7. a) Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 21, 1959 with the number 999. Most of Canada’s 911 was adopted on June 22, 1975.
8. c) 1888. Even if you find earlier patents, Connon’s was the first to actually capture vistas of up to 360 degrees in a single exposure.

Happy Canada Day!

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VisitFacebook I love Canadian history. I love Canadian trivia and facts. I have, therefore, just set up BiteSizeCanada’s Facebook page. I would like to urge you to visit it and introduce yourselves. Encourage your friends to visit and introduce themselves.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2014 in Canadian-related Links, Entertainment

 

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Just something I heard today:

Today’s date is 11-12-13 … I just thought that was cool!

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Entertainment, Fact of the Day, Humour, On This Day, Trivia

 

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Do You Know … ?

Image     How many points did the infamous Wayne Gretzky score in his 20-year career?

Scroll down to see the answer …

Wayne Gretzky Statue

Wayne Gretzky Statue (Photo credit: MDV)

 

 

 

Wayne Gretzky scored 2,857 points during his 20 years career in hockey!

To learn more about points in hockey, just check out Wikipedia.

 

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Did you know … ?

Do you know which Canadian city, with over 1 million inhabitants, gets the most snow in the world?

Scroll down to see the answer …

English: Snow on the mountains of Southern Cal...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Montreal, Quebec. This city averages 250 cm of snow a year.  It shares the same output as St. Petersburg, Russia!

This according to a great book: Canadian Geographic Quiz Book!

 

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Boxing Day, St. Stephen’s, Day After Christmas, Junkanoo or Happy Birthday?

Junkanoo celebration in Nassau

Junkanoo celebration in Nassau (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

December 26, we all agree, is the day after Christmas. But how we celebrate the day mostly depends on where in the world you are and to some, what day you were born.

So for all those born on December 26, Happy Birthday!

Here in Canada, it’s Boxing Day. Of course, for some it is just the day after Christmas, to relax, eat leftovers or watch TV.

Stores across Canada typically have big Boxing Day sales, and as a child, I remember it was also the day where gifts could be returned to the stores, usually like a sweater that just didn’t fit.

The Irish still refer today as St. Stephen’s Day. December 26 there celebrate with the Feast of St. Stephen. Or so I’ve read. Who is St. Stephen? Well, he was one of seven original deacons of the Christian Church who were ordained by the Apostles to care for widows and the poor. “For the success of his preaching and his devotion to Christ, St. Stephen was stoned to death by a mob. As he died, he begged God not to punish his killers,” wrote Fact Monster‘s webpage.

The Bahamians celebrate December 26 with a parade. It’s called Junkanoo and features elaborate costumes and headdresses called gombeys.

But what about Boxing Day? Well, it’s been a national holiday since 1871. In some places part of the British Empire, they change the date depending on whether it falls on a weekend or not. But not in Canada.

Where did the term Boxing Day originate?  Well, that’s not an easy one to answer. I haven’t read a definitive answer anywhere yet. But there are theories. There are three major ones:

The first one is that during Advent, parishes would collect donations deposited in a box. On the day following Christmas Day, the box would be opened and the contents distributed among the poor.

The second is from the early days when slaves and staff would work hard for the aristocrats on Christmas, and, for their hard work and loyalty, would get December 26 off. They would also receive gifts (boxes).

Or you could believe the third theory, which I read on Time‘s webpage. The story related through the song, “good King Wenceslas.” Wenceslas was the Duke of Bohemia in the 10th century. The good King was surveying his land on December 26, when he happened on a peasant who was gathering wood in the middle of a snowstorm. The King was so moved that he in turn gathered surplus food and wine, and in the middle of that snowstorm, brought it all to the peasant’s door.

 

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Cape Breton

English: Cape Breton County

English: Cape Breton County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On October 9, 1820:  A proclamation rejoining Cape Breton to Nova Scotia was issued.  They had been separated since 1784.

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2012 in October, On This Day, Uncategorized

 

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