With Canada Day just around the corner, what better way to celebrate the country than with some weird and wonderful facts? You may already know that the country stretches across six different time zones and has the longest coastline in the world. However, there are many other wonderful oddities that may surprise you. Read on for nine facts you never knew about the Great White North.
Canadians Love to Say ‘Sorry’
Canadians are so polite that they’ll say sorry even if they aren’t in the wrong. In fact, the desire to apologize is so strong that the country passed The Apology Act in 2009. The act means that if the word “sorry” is used in court, it can only be taken as an expression of sympathy or regret, not an admission of guilt.
There’s a Town Called Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!
As well as being apologetic, Canadians are pretty funny. This town, in Quebec, is up there with some of the most amusing names we’ve heard. There is a little more to it than just wanting to sound amusing, though. The expression ha-ha was used in the country to explain an unexpected obstacle, in this case, nearby Lake Témiscouata. What’s more, the town is the only place name in the world with two exclamation marks. It’s so surprising, they exclaimed it twice.
Road Safety Is for Animals Too
The Trans-Canada Highway boasts wildlife crossings in Banff National Park. Roaring traffic on the road doesn’t hinder big mammals crossing the road, which is highly dangerous to the mammals and drivers alike. The underpasses and overpasses in the park are used by grizzly bears, moose, lynxes and more so they can get safely to the other side.
Canada Is Ready for Alien Invasions
Again, highlighting how friendly the Canadians are, in 1967, they built the world’s first UFO Landing Pad. The Centennial project was funded by the town with local businesses providing the building supplies and labor. The aim was to attract foreigners, both from this world and beyond, welcoming all visitors to the Town of St. Paul, Alberta.
There’s a Secret Underground Laboratory
Underneath the nickel mines of Sudbury, Ontario, lies a secret underground physics laboratory. SNOLAB lies at a depth of 2 km below the surface, creating a good environment for sensitive experiments. As the deepest clean laboratory in the world, the site is used for the study of dark matter physics.