Muskoka Chair

Adirondack chairs, but in Ontario they are named after the Muskoka region.

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Nanaimo Bars

A no-bake bar dessert named after the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia, made of a wafer crumb layer, a layer of custard flavoured butter icing, . . .

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Humidex

Short for humidity index, it is a term used by Canadian meteorologists to describe how hot the weather feels to the average person, by combining . . .

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Carnaval de Québec

The Quebec Winter Carnival is held in Quebec City. Bonhomme Carnaval, the festival mascot, is a snowman who wears a red toque and is friends . . .

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Niagara Falls

Located on the border between Ontario, Canada, and New York, USA, the falls are made up of three waterfalls. Combined, they produce the highest flow . . .

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Tanco Mine

Located in Manitoba, this underground mine has the largest known deposit of pollucite in the world. It is also the world’s largest producer of caesium, . . .

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Ryan Gosling

Born in London, Ontario, he is the first Canadian-born performer to have been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar in over 60 years for his . . .

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1-800-O-Canada

You can sing the opening line of the Canadian National Anthem as you dial the toll-free number to the government.

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Margaret Atwood

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Atwood is author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. A Canadian poet, essayist, novelist, literary critic, . . .

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The Beaver

Canada’s national animal, responsible for a booming fur trade in the 1500s. These master aquatic animal architects chew down trees and reshape the landscape with . . .

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Wonderbra

A Canadian company and product of the same name. Louise Poirier designed the original Wonderbra, which created a comfortable, uplifting experience for the wearer.

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Jolly Jumper

Susan Olivia Poole drew inspiration from Ojibwa elders, who would strap their babies to cradle boards to carry them as ‘papooses’, sometimes hanging the papoose . . .

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Polar Bears

Canada’s North is home to nearly 60% of the world’s polar bears, who are also on the Canadian two-dollar coin, the Toonie.

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Robertson Screw

After cutting his hand on a spring-loaded screwdriver blade, Peter Lymburner Robertson manufactured a less dangerous square recess impression in the head of a screw . . .

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Group Of Seven

Founded in 1920, these self-proclaimed modern artists are famous for their depictions of Canadian landscapes, frustrated with the conservative quality of most Canadian art at . . .

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Standard Time

Sir Sandford Fleming, Canada’s foremost railway construction engineer, as well as scientist and inventor, advocated time zones after spending a night in a railway station . . .

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IMAX

The 70 mm film format and a set of cinema projection standards were developed in Canada in the late 1960s and early 1970s by Roman . . .

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Canadian Pacific Railway

Founded in 1881, this railway linked Canada’s populated centres with the west. Completed in 1885, the last spike was driven into place in Craigellachie, British . . .

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Garbage Bag

Harry Wasylyk, Larry Hanson, and Frank Plomp. It took three Canadian inventors, but we have garbage bags because of them. You can thank Dr. James . . .

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Tourtière

A meat pie originating from Québec typically made with minced pork, beef, veal, or game.

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Canadian Money

We have the Loonie, the Toonie, the nickel, quarter, and dime. We no longer use the penny. Some people claim our plastic bank notes smell . . .

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Sorry

The standard catchphrase of the Canadian people. Said even when something isn’t our fault, sometimes directed at inanimate objects.

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Artificial Cardiac Pacemaker

Talk about keeping the beat alive! Canadian John Hopps, an electrical engineer, helped develop a machine that could insert a catheter through a vein to . . .

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RUSH

Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart make up this iconic Canadian rock band. With 40 million records sold worldwide and a star on the . . .

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Glossette Raisins

These chocolate covered raisins are sold across movie theatres in Canada.

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Joe Shuster

Born in Toronto, Ontario, this co-creator of the Man of Steel is said to have based elements of Metropolis on his hometown, including its original . . .

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Milk Bag Opener

Most Canadians buy their milk in bags. These bags sit inside a pitcher with the top of the bag exposed. To open the bag, you . . .

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Hudson’s Bay Company

Headquartered in Brampton, Ontario, Canada’s most iconic department store still produces it’s Iconic Point Blanket, which was first commissioned in 1800. Founded in 1670 long . . .

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Inuksuk

Also spelled Inukshuk. Found throughout Canada, these structures vaguely resemble the human form. Built of stones, the Inuit traditionally constructed these as important landmarks. Today, . . .

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Barenaked Ladies

Famous for their catchy lyrics and vocal harmonies, this Canadian rock band brought the world “One Week,” “Pinch Me,” and “If I Had $1,000,000,” where . . .

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CN Tower

At 553.3 metres high, this concrete communications and observation tower in downtown Toronto, Ontario is the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. It is . . .

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“Longest” Road in the World

Until 1999, the Guinness Book of World Records maintained that Yonge Street of Ontario was 1,896 km (1,178 mi) long, and thus the longest street in the . . .

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Java

The programming language, not the beverage. James Gosling, a software engineer from Calgary, set out in 1991 to design a more user-friendly alternative to C++. Intended for . . .

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Red Rose Tea

In 1894, Theodore Harding Estabrooks established this beverage company in Saint John, New Brunswick. The idea of a pre-blended, packaged tea was innovative, and the . . .

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Goalie Mask

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jacques Plante was tired of taking puck shots to the face, so he had a fibreglass mask with straps made to wear . . .

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Hockey

The first game of organized ice hockey as we know it took place in Montréal, Québec, in 1875. While there are disputes over where ice . . .

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Egg Carton

Newspaper editor Joseph Coyle from British Columbia was inspired to create a solution for safe egg transport after overhearing a dispute between a farmer and . . .

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Chris Hadfield

Famous Canadian astronaut and astromusician. Appeared in interviews around the globe, playing his guitar and writing songs from aboard the International Space Station.

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Basketball

Canadian James Naismith saw the need for an indoor winter sport. Wanting to create a game focusing on skill, he placed peach baskets 3 metres . . .

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Leonard Cohen

Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter. His exploration of humanity, religion, politics, isolation, and relationships can be summarized with his Unified Heart icon, . . .

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Céline Dion

This Canadian singer and businesswoman was born in Charlemagne, Québec. Her most famous single “My Heart Will Go On” won the Oscar for Best Original . . .

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Norval Morrisseau

A self-taught artist born in Sand Point Reserve, Ontario. Known for using bright colours to portray traditional stories, political messages, and spiritual themes in his . . .

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Pineapple on Pizza

Love it or loathe it, Sam Panopoulos of Chatham, Ontario is credited with the Hawaiian, a pizza with pineapple and ham as toppings.

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Laura Secord

Canadian heroine of the War of 1812, she walked 32 km (20 miles) out of an American-occupied territory to alert British forces of an impending . . .

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Butter Tarts

Considered Canada’s quintessential dessert, these tarts are perfect mini pies made with a flaky round shell and contain a buttery filling, commonly including raisins, walnuts, . . .

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Gander Crater

There is a 38 kilometre crater on the surface of Mars named for the Town of Gander, Newfoundland, in recognition of this airport town’s history . . .

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Alex Trebek

Born in Sudbury, Ontario, this host of the syndicated game show Jeopardy! has a long career as a newscaster, sportscaster, television personality, game show host, . . .

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Coffee Crisp

A crisp chocolate bar unique to Canada, made of alternating layers of vanilla wafer and foam coffee-flavoured candy, covered by a milk chocolate outer layer.

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Bay of Fundy

Located between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, it is home to the world’s highest tides. 160 billion tonnes of water move in and out of the . . .

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Mr. Dressup

Children’s entertainer Ernest “Ernie” Arthur Coombs played his famous role on CBC. Joined by Casey, Finnegan and other friends, he took viewers on adventures through . . .

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California Roll

Chef Hidekazu Tojo is credited with creating this “inside-out sushi” in British Columbia. Containing cucumber, crab meat or imitation crab, and avocado, it was a . . .

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Zed

No, it doesn’t rhyme with the rest of the ABC song, but up here zed is how it’s said.

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Foghorn

Robert Foulis, an inventor who moved to Canada’s east coast from Scotland, was walking home in a fog one night when he could hear his . . .

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Swedish Fish

Not actually fish, these fish-shaped wine gum candies were developed in Sweden. Those consumed in North America are made in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Bathtub Racing

Hope it’s a clean race! Starting in Nanaimo, British Columbia, you can race against fellow tubbers in a bathtub boat.

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Thongs

No, not the g-string undies. Thongs are what many Canadians call these style flip flop sandals.

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The Big Nickel

Located in Sudbury, Ontario, this 9 metre, 12,000 kilogram nickel is made of steel plates, is 64 million times larger than the actual Canadian nickel, . . .

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Athletic Cup

The Guelph Elastic Hosiery from Guelph, Ontario, founded by Canadian Joe Cartledge, added a hard plastic cup to the jockstrap.

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5 Pin Bowling

A bowling variant played only in Canada. Created by Thomas F. Ryan in Toronto, Ontario, at his Toronto Bowling Club after customers complained that the . . .

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Reginald Fessenden

Born in East Bolton, Québec, this inventor pioneered developing radio technology, the foundations of amplitude modulation (AM) radio, the first transmission of speech by radio, . . .

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Klicks

The slang term Canadians use for kilometres, usually in reference to road speed.

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Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOLAB)

Located 2,070 metres below the surface of Creighton Mine near Sudbury, Ontario, this detector was designed to pick up solar neutrinos through their interactions with . . .

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The Tragically Hip

AKA “The Hip”, this Canadian rock band hails from Kingston, Ontario. Lead singer Gord Downie is known for his philanthropy, support of indigenous peoples of . . .

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Medicare

Thank you, Tommy Douglas. This Premier of Saskatchewan, and later the leader of the federal NDP, is the reason we have universal healthcare. He’s also . . .

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Green Money Ink

Thomas Sterry Hunt, a professor at McGill University in Montréal and analytical chemist of the Canadian Geological Survey, developed an ink made of chromium trioxide. . . .

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Our Exciting Town!!

Isn’t that funny! Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, Québec, is the only place on earth named with two exclamation marks. Its name is a toponym for an old . . .

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Ice Resurfacer

While Canadians generally call it a “Zamboni,” many of the machines on Canadian rinks are made by competitor Resurfice Corporation of Elmira, Ontario. Zamboni also . . .

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Stanley Cup

Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley, presented a decorative cup he purchased to the top hockey team in Canada, the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association (1892–93). . . .

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Lacrosse

Hundreds of years old, it is Canada’s official national sport, national summer sport, and one of North America’s oldest games. Native Peoples traditionally played lacrosse . . .

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Steve Nash

Canadian former eight-time National Basketball Association All-Star, seven-time All-NBA selection, and twice named the NBA Most Valuable Player. Nash is currently general manager for the . . .

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Persians

A sweet, oval roll with pink icing made of either raspberries or strawberries. Credited to have originated at Bennett’s Bakery in Thunder Bay, Ontario, it . . .

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Insulin

Canadian physician Frederick Banting and medical student Charles H. Best are credited with discovering the hormone insulin in the pancreatic extracts of dogs. Together with . . .

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Baggage Tag

John Michael Lyons of New Brunswick created the first baggage tag in 1882. It contained information about the owner, departure, and destination.

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Two-Four

A two-four is a case of 24 bottles of beer sold in Canada. You would make sure to bring a two-four with you on the . . .

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Hoser

A loser. A term coined by Canadians, used by those imitating Canadians. Popularized in SCTV’s “The Great White North” segments, it is said to refer . . .

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Kraft Dinner

Each week, Canadians purchase 1.7 million of the 7 million boxes sold globally of this macaroni and cheese dish, eating 3.2 boxes on average of . . .

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Hiram Walker

The Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. distillery in Windsor, Ontario, is famous for producing Canadian Club whiskey. During the years of Prohibition, one of the . . .

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Electric Wheelchair

George Klein, an inventor from Hamilton, Ontario, initiated the design of the motorized wheelchair to assist injured World War II veterans.

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Great Lakes

Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario. These five lakes are the largest collection of freshwater lakes by area in the . . .

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Narcisse Snake Dens

Located in Manitoba, this is the largest congregation of red-sided garter snakes on earth. This harmless snake’s habitat reaches further North than any other land-dwelling . . .

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Peggy’s Cove

A small rural community located on St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia. Famous for the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, there is a legend that the name came . . .

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Hockey Night in Canada

Since 1952, this is the night hockey-loving Canadians gather in the living room and bask in the televised presentations of the National Hockey League.

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Maple Syrup

71% of the world’s pure maple syrup is produced in Canada. 91% comes from Québec.

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Pablum

A contracted form of the Latin word pabulum; meaning “foodstuff.” Pablum is a processed cereal for babies, developed by Frederick FItzgerald Tisdall, Theodore G.H. Drake, . . .

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Three Oceans

Canada is surrounded by three of the world’s oceans: the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic.

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Stompin’ Tom Connors

A singer, songwriter, fiddler, and guitarist, this Country legend captured the essence of Canadian people and places in his songs. Best known for his black . . .

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Bush Plane

The Northern Canadian landscape is a rugged place. Robert Noorduyn designed the Noorduyn Norseman in Montreal. It featured a rugged landing gear that could have . . .

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Drake

Born in Toronto, Ontario, this Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer stepped into the spotlight on the popular teen series Degrassi: The Next . . .

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Pencil Crayons

A Canadian mashup between the French “crayon de couleur” and English “coloured pencils.”

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Poutine

The most Canadian food you can eat. The basics: french fries, topped with cheese curds, smothered in gravy.

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Igloo

These snow houses are traditionally associated with the Inuit people of Canada’s Central Arctic. The Inuit word “iglu” can refer to a home built of . . .

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The Great Trail

The longest recreational trail in the world. You can hike, cycle, paddle, ride, cross-country ski, or snowmobile across the Canadian landscape following this route.

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David Suzuki

The Canadian academic, environmental activist, and science broadcaster best known for hosting The Nature of Things, shown in over forty nations. The David Suzuki Foundation . . .

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Lucy Maud Montgomery

Canadian author best known for writing Anne of Green Gables, a story about an imaginative orphan growing up in Prince Edward Island. Montgomery wrote numerous . . .

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Molson Canadian

Made from Canadian water, prairie barley, and without preservatives, this beer is so Canadian it has it in its name.

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Ogopogo

The legendary monster of Okanagan Lake in British Columbia is also known as Naitaka. Some believe it to be a water spirit, a dinosaur, or . . .

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Alkaline Battery

Canadian inventor, Lewis Urry, powered the electronics revolution with his alkaline dry cell battery creation.

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Canadarm

For 30 years, this remote-controlled mechanical arm on the International Space Station positioned astronauts, deployed, captured and repaired satellites, moved cargo, and maintained equipment. Retired . . .

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Figgy Duff

A traditional bag pudding from Newfoundland and Labrador, usually served as a part of a Jiggs dinner, a traditional meal eaten on Sundays.

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Ketchup Chips

Ketchup-flavoured potato chips enjoyed by Canadians, when we aren’t eating All-Dressed potato chips

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Mr. & Mrs. Claus

The jolly holiday couple are Canadian, and they have the passports to prove it. Through Canada Post, children can even send their wish lists and . . .

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Snowmobile

It snows a lot in Canada! Thankfully, inventor, engineer, and entrepreneur Joseph-Armand Bombardier of Valcourt, Québec, brought us the snowmobile. He also invented the Ski-Doo.

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Canada Dry

Chemist John J. McLaughlin of Toronto, Ontario, created this ginger ale, the perfect mixer to mask the taste of home brew during Prohibition.

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Wolverine

Also known as Logan or Weapon X, this fictional character of the X-Men series was born in northern Alberta. In addition to superhuman reflexes, this . . .

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Terry Fox

After a diagnosis of osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 cm (6 inches) above the knee, he decided . . .

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Ramparts of Quebec City

In North America, these are the only remaining fortified city walls North of Mexico.

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Blackberry

Founded in Waterloo, Ontario, the first BlackBerry device was released in 1999 — a pager capable of email.

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World’s First UFO Landing Pad

Welcome to Earth, eh! St. Paul, Alberta built an official UFO landing pad as part of Canada’s centennial celebration in 1967. It contains a time . . .

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Double Double

The Canadian way to order a coffee with two creams and two sugars at Tim Horton’s, a Canadian restaurant chain founded in Hamilton, Ontario, in . . .

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Salt

The Sifto Salt Mine in Goderich, Ontario is the largest operating salt mine in the world. Located 1,800 feet under Lake Huron, the mine is . . .

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Canada-U.S. Border

The longest international border in the world between two countries and also the longest undefended border in the world. Windsor, Ontario, is home to two . . .

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56K Modem

Canadian inventor and electrical engineer Dr. Brent Townshend created the concept for the 56K bit/sec modem. Groundbreaking technology in 1996, this allowed for “high speed” . . .

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Roots

Do you have a Roots hoodie? Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, this famous apparel brand just might be the official clothing line of Canadians.

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Caesar

Canada’s cocktail of choice. Also known as a “Bloody Caesar,” this drink commonly calls for tomato juice (with clam juice), vodka, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, . . .

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Canoeing

It is possible to canoe almost exclusively across Canada (mild portage required). The Canoe Capital of the World is located in Peterborough, Ontario, home to . . .

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Michael J. Fox

Famous for his roles in the Back to the Future trilogy, Family Ties, and Spin City sitcoms. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, he created the Michael . . .

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Tuque, Touque, Toque

Canadians can’t agree on the spelling, but we can agree that we all own at least one of these winter weather knit hats.

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McIntosh Red

This national apple of Canada has red and green skin, a tart flavour, and white flesh.

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This Hour Has 22 Minutes

Bet you hear the kazoos playing the fanfare from the intro of this mock news program. Since 1993, Canadians have gathered around their televisions for . . .

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Rick Mercer

Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, this comedian, television personality, political satirist, and author is best known for his work on the CBC Television comedy shows . . .

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BeaverTails

A Canadian-based chain of pastry stands named after their line of fried dough pastries, which resemble a beaver’s tail.

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Instant Mashed Potatoes

Edward Asselberg, a Dutch-Canadian food chemist, developed a process of making instant mashed potato flakes while working for the Canadian Department of Agriculture.

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The Kids in the Hall

The famous Canadian sketch comedy series featuring five male actors who portray almost every character in the dark humoured show. Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce . . .

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Computerized Braille

Canadian innovator, Roland Galarneau, was born blind with 2 percent vision. He created the Converto-Braille, a computer/printer that read and translated text punched on perforated tape, . . .

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Dinosaur Provincial Park

75 million years ago, the Canadian Badlands was a subtropical paradise with palm trees, towering redwoods, and giant ferns surrounding a vast inland sea. This . . .

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Trans-Canada Highway

At 7,821 kilometres long, this transcontinental federal-provincial highway connects Canada from coast to coast.

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Icewine

Canada is the world’s largest consistent producer of icewine, with approximately 75 percent being produced in Ontario.

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The States

What Canadians call our neighbours to the south, while rest of the world mostly refers to it as “America”.

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Winnie the Pooh

White River, Ontario is the birthplace of “Winnie”, a black bear. The inspiration of author A.A. Milne, his son Christopher Robin Milne grew fond of Winnie . . .

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Hickory Sticks

An exclusively Canadian snack. These salty, smokey, matchstick-sized potato sticks are best shovelled into your mouth right from the bag.

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Snowblower

Inspired by a grain thresher, Canadian inventor Arthur Sicard wanted to help farmers clear their fields of snow so their cows could feed. It took . . .

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Wayne Gretzky

From Brantford, Ontario, he holds over 100 official and unofficial NHL records, including the one for holding the most records. The Wayne Gretzky Foundation is . . .

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The Matrix Duo

They took the red pill. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who play Neo and Trinity in The Matrix trilogy, are both Canadian.

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Come From Away

A Broadway musical set in the week following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It tells the true story of what happened when 38 planes had to . . .

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Lake Louise

Located in Banff National Park, Alberta, this hamlet in the Canadian Rockies is known for its emerald, glacier-fed lake and Chateau Lake Louise.

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Gordon Lightfoot

Born in Orillia, Ontario, this Canadian singer-songwriter is an international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music. Credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of . . .

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William Shatner

Born in Montreal, Québec, this actor, author, producer, and director has been in seven decades of television. He is a cultural icon for his portrayal . . .

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Generator Design

The design and advertising company responsible for bringing you the GenerEH!tor website. Located in Windsor, Ontario, they are proud to be a part of the . . .

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RCMP

Also known as “Mounties”, they are unique in the world for being a national, federal, provincial and municipal policing body. They are identified by their . . .

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