O Canada! Where do we begin with this magnificent country? We could easily talk about the beautiful scenery that can be seen throughout the land or about the positive nature of people, but we are rather going to focus on some of the best things about Canada and the things that it has given to us.
As it is the second largest country in the world (right after Russia), there are some amazing things that originate from Canada. Not only inventions and cuisines but celebrities, other famous people and various other facts will be mentioned. If you ever wanted to know why Canada is great, this article should answer any questions that you might have.
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Let’s not waste any more time, eh? Here are the top 6 things that Canada gave the world!
6. Canadian Wildlife
There are distinct species that live in different parts of the world and Canada has its share of exotic wildlife as well! Some of the most well-known animals that live in Canada are badgers, polar bears, the Canada lynx and a plethora of other animals as well.
If you like comic books, you might know Wolverine, the Canadian mutant. Well, his name was given based on the animal with the same name. The Wolverine mostly resembles a badger, but with longer claws. There are many sports teams and other establishments that use the name as well.
Unfortunately, there are many endangered animals that are on the brink of extinction as well, such as freshwater turtles, numerous bat species, American eels and many others.
5. What Inventions did Canadians come up with?
Crazy and very useful inventions come from all across the globe and Canada is no exception. Have you ever wondered where things like the Walkie-Talkie, the snow blower, alkaline batteries and the Sonar were invented? Well, all of them come from Canadian masterminds and inventors!
As most Canadians love sports, it is no surprise that they have come up with various sports as well. Some of the most notable ones are Basketball, Lacrosse and of course, Ice Hockey. They have also invented Trivial Pursuit, the famous board game, five-pin bowling and the table hockey game. These are all very fun and there are people from all around the world who love these games and sports.
Canada has made an impact in medicine as well, mostly because of the invention of medicinal insulin in 1922, by Frederick Banting, Charles Best and James Collip.
4. Canadian Attractions
There are many man-made and natural attractions that Canada has to offer. In fact, there are more lakes in this country than in the rest of the world combined. This is due to its large size, but regardless, there are still some amazing things that you need to see for yourself!
Some of the most popular man-made attractions are the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Parliament Hill, and Toronto’s CN Tower. Over 2 million people visit the CN Tower each year, just so they could look down upon the city which is over 1,200 feet below them.
Canada is chock-full of natural sights that millions visit each year. Even if you haven’t been to Canada, you must have heard about the Niagara Falls, which is the magnificent collection of three waterfalls that are right on the border between Canada and the USA. Other than this, there are numerous national parks, lakes, rivers, mountains and other landmarks that you are able to visit.
3. Best Canadian Cuisines
All countries have their own unique cuisines that they are proud of, but Canada has a very distinct taste when it comes to food and many people love the things that they come up with! One of the best examples would be poutine. This fast food option is one of the most popular go-to dishes of Canadians and tourists alike, especially since it is so tasty!
Basically, poutine consists of a plate of fried potatoes with cheese on top. The cheese varies depending on the place where the dish is made, but many restaurants use poutine specific cheeses. Some places even offer sauces with the dish. The word poutine might mean “a mess” and the dish might look like a mess, but you are surely not going to think about how it looks when you are eating it.
Of course, there are many other foods that originate from Canada, such as Nanaimo bars, Canadian bacon and maple syrup, which is one of the most preferred toppings of any pancake lover. As we have previously mentioned, Canadians have a great taste and we should all be thankful for it!
If you are still craving more food information, check out an additional 12 foods that originate from Canada.
2. Celebrities and Famous People of Canada
So many celebrities were born in Canada and you might not even know where they come from. Actors and actresses, musicians, poets, athletes and other famous people were born here and they are all proud to call the Great White North their home.
Let’s look at Canadians, based on their professions, starting with actors and actresses. Jim Carrey, Ellen Page, Ryan Reynolds, Pamela Anderson and Keanu Reeves are all proud Canadians who have successfully made a career in Hollywood. If you are familiar with the famous TV show “How I Met Your Mother”, you might know Robin, the Canadian news reporter, who is actually played by Canadian actress, Cobie Smulders.
Other than actors and actresses, there are also many Canadian musicians and singers as well. For example, Céline Dion, Drake, Avril Lavigne and everybody’s favorite, Justin Bieber are all Canucks. Bands such as Barenaked Ladies, Nickelback, The Weeknd and Rush also started in Canada.
1. Why is Canadian Lifestyle so good?
Regardless of where you come from, Canada has always something new to give you! The people are all very nice and helpful and the overall lifestyle is better than in most places around the world. This is exactly the reason why so many people choose to migrate to Canada.
Canada is also one of the most powerful countries in the world and this is why so many people are interested in visiting it. If you want to see which the other most powerful countries are, take a look at this top list.
Even though the population is large, over 50% of all Canadians have a college degree of some sort. This makes Canada the world’s most educated country.
The positive mindset of people can also be seen in their military actions, as Canada has no nuclear or other types of weapons of mass destruction since 1984. Of course, when the time comes, Canadians can stand up for themselves, as they were the first to declare war on Japan during World War II, after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
America might be the land of opportunities, but if you want to truly live your dreams out and do exactly what you want, you should choose Canada.