How well do you know our Country?

Regardless of your  knowledge, here are a few things that you might not know according to 'Readers Digest Canada'.


Ice cold beer being opened


1.  We like Beer. Canada day and a cold one go together like Bob and Doug Mckenzie. Here in BC, residents guzzle 1.2 million litres of beer over the country's birthday long weekend - and that's just from government run liquor stores.


2. It Make the Perfect Moving Day. As the rest of Canada celebrates with face painting and fireworks, Quebec opts for a mass exodus of apartments. In keeping with a decades-old tradition, most leases in La Belle Province expire on July 1. 


Canadian flag


3.  The Test is Tough. In 2010, Canada toughened up its citizenship test with more detailed questions and a higher pass mark. As a result, failure rates jumped from between 4% & 8% to 30%. Here's a sample question - Do you know what year the name 'Canada' first began appearing on maps?  Answer they are looking for is 1547.


Canadian beaver


4.  Beavers Aren't as Sweet as they Look.  Think Canada's national animal is cute and cuddly? Beavers have been known to attack humans and on some occasions, kill them.


Canada Day fireworks


5. We like a good party.  You're more likely to tete Canada's birthday if you're among the seven million citizens whose mother tongue isn't French or English.  There are 200 other languages to choose from.


6.  We've Changed our Minds.  Canadians officially referred to July 1 as Dominion Day until 1982, when 13 sleepy members of parliament voted in the name change at 4pm on a Friday, before declaring the rest of the afternoon a holiday and taking off.


National War Memorial in Ottawa


7.  We'll take a Risk.  On Canada Day 2006, three revellers relieved themselve on the National War Memorial. Someone snapped a photo, which caused a national outrage when it was published in the papers. One of the men was charged. After 50 hours of community service, a $200 donation and a public letter of apology, he got a reprieve from the court.


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