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10 Interesting facts you didn’t know about Canada

Take a read of this and you will want to hop straight onto a plane to Canada and may just never want to come home.

1. There is a volunteer team in Canada who reply to every single letter that is sent to Father Christmas with the postcode HoH oHo - they reply to letters sent in all languages. Canada is literally home to Santa’s elves.


2. Some residents of Canada don’t lock their cars - there is a mutual agreement that cars can be used as escape plans from polar bears. Very thoughtful. (This photo doesn’t reflect a polar bear attack but we couldn’t resist - how cute is it?)

3. Canada is the second largest country in the world but it has the world’s longest coastline - with over 125,000 miles of coast. Beautiful.

4. Canada has a limited edition coin with a glow in the dark dinosaur on it. Who would ever spend this? AMAZING.

5. As well as boasting a very impressive coastline - Canada also has more lakes than all other countries in the world combined. 

6. Ogopogo - is the Canadian version of the Loch Ness Monster. Is this photo convincing you?

7. Police departments in Canada give out positive tickets if they see somebody doing something nice. What a great idea. Top of the Class. Positive tickets can be redeemed for a variety of different treats. 

8. Canadian banknotes have braille like dots on them to help blind people distinguish between the different amounts. Shouldn’t all bank notes have this?

9. Vehicles in the North West territory of Canada have a license plate in the shape of a polar bear. That is much more fun.

10. Every year in Canada there is an aquatic bath tub race - while this looks fun I can’t help but think it might be easier to grab a canoe? 

What could be better than learning to be a ski or snowboarding instructor in Canada. Not only would you have a practical job for life but you would be able to explore this amazing country - check it out for yourself by clicking here






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