Some Fun Facts about Canada:
|1. Toronto’s Rogers Centre, formerly known as the SkyDome, is home to the largest Sony big screen in the world, measuring 10 m x 33.6 m.
|2. Canada is home to the longest street in the world. Yonge Street in Ontario starts at Lake Ontario, and runs north through Ontario to the Minnesota border, a distance of almost 2,000 km.
|3. Canada is the second largest country in the world, right after Russia. However, Canada is the 8th least dense country in the world, with most people living in cities.
|4. The Canadian flag didn’t exist until 1965, and O Canada officially became the national anthem in 1980. Both being things we identify as Canadian and yet, they’re not even 50 years old!
|5. The name “Canada” comes from the word “Kanata” used by the Iroquois, a native American tribe who lived in Quebec in the 16th century. It means village or settlement. Explorer Jacques Cartier mistakenly took the word to mean the name of the whole area, not just a village.
|6. The Hudson’s Bay Company is the oldest chartered trading company in the world still in operation and has become a symbol of Canada. Founded in 1670, the company began working in the fur trade industry. Since then it has grown to encompass a variety of retail goods from liquor to canned salmon to coffee and tea. Today the company is owned by an American, but continues to be a prominent retailer in Canada.
|7. Canada holds the record for the most gold medals ever won at the Winter Olympics and it was done on home turf at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics with 14 gold medals! Overall we won 26 medals in those games.
8. The Royal Canadian Mint, in addition to making coins for Canada, also produces currency for other countries. In total 89 other countries get their coins from Canada. Its longest continuous contract for producing foreign coins is with Barbados – more than 30 years
We will be closed on
Monday July 3, 2017
We wish you all an enjoyable and festive Canada Day!