Top curiosities if you live or want to make your life in Calgary that you didn’t know about Canada. It is known that all countries have different cultures, traditions and ways of life that characterize them, however, that are indigenous customs often does not take away the strange.
Below we will show you a couple of strange, curious and even interesting facts about one of the largest countries in America: Canada.
1. Canada or a Freezer?
Although the winter season in Canada covers around 6 months (from the beginning of November to the end of March), this country has a characteristic cold weather throughout the year (most of all for a Latino). December and February tend to be the strongest months of the year. This, due to the recurring snowfall and winds that make the cold feel much more in people, due to body heat and exposure to the weather.
In general, during the day temperatures lower than 0º C are reached, and during the night even lower. It is estimated that an average day snow and wind factor, can make the temperature feel like -30 ºC for the human, even if in fact it is not so low. If we see it from a simple point of view, one could say that Canada is an industrial freezer. If we start from the fact that a refrigerator is normally at 4 ºC, and its respective freezer at -18 ºC, we can conclude that this country is even colder than a freezer!
2. Six months of Sun (or more)
In the summer period is from June to the end of August, in these months the temperature can reach 30º, with days interspersed with sun and rain. However, the average temperature is 23º and the minimum temperature can reach 10º depending on the area. Summer festivals, excursions and outings to rivers and lakes are popular at this time.
3. Canada 100% natural
Canada is the third country with the purest air in the world, and the territory with the most lakes in the world (3 million in total). Its territory is made up of forests by 31% and has a coastline of 202,080 kilometers. As if it were not enough in their soils, an approximate of 15,500 polar bears live, noting that there are only about 25,000 in the world.
4. Public Transit or Transport System
Canada has an extensive transport system, estimated to have some 1500 airports, among which is a landing strip for UFOs built in 1967 in San Paul, Alberta (it was the first runway of this type to be built). In addition, if it is all about prevention, they also own the deepest underground laboratory in the world located 2 kilometers underground in Sudbury, Ontario.
5. Not so French
Of the nearly 35 million people in Canada, only one third (15%) speak French, and it is estimated that at least one in five Canadians was born outside the country or has parents of another nationality who were born outside of Canada.
6. The Country of Maple
In case you did not know the maple syrup or maple syrup (yes, the one you add to the pancakes) is from Canada and part of it is also one of their typical foods! Around 80% of the production of maple syrup sold in the world is manufactured in Quebec. So it is most likely that at least once in your life you have consumed this Canadian product without knowing it.
7. Hurray for the Beer!
It is estimated that at least 80% of all alcohol consumed in Canada is beer, this followed by 14% wine and barely 6% other spirits.
However, do not get too excited about this figure, in Canada it is prohibited to consume alcohol in public spaces. Obviously if you can get it in the restaurants bars, but you can not consume it freely outside those establishments (streets, sidewalks, squares). In the same way, there are limits to obtain it, firstly it is not economical since the government imposes special cups so that its consumption is moderate. And second, unlike in Latin America, liqueurs are not sold in supermarkets or supplies, but are distributed through Liquor Stores (liquor stores).
8. Food and Restaurants
Canada produces 1.5% of the world’s food, but only consumes 0.6%, of which an important part includes the famous Mc & Cheese (macaroni and cheese). In the same way, Canada is the country with the most donut franchises per capita in the world.
Their eating habits are by far different from the Latinas. The Canadian respects his eating habits a lot and tries to keep them as healthy as possible. An interesting fact is your dinner, since it is considered the most important and sacred food during the day. Their schedules are distributed as follows: they are eaten three times a day, breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In the restaurants to call the waiter, the hand is raised (no fingering, whistling or calling). Normally, if there is more than enough food, it is requested to be taken and it is considered a compliment to the cook. You must tip Yes or yes, Tips are generally between 10 and 15% of the total tax on the bill. In some places, if you do not pay for it, it is taken in bad taste, so pay attention to these details.
Because their food habits are different, in Canada, food establishments tend to close earlier than in South America. No kiss on the cheek The typical greeting of the Canadian is the simple handshake. For both men and women it is normal to wave with your hands, since personal space is more private and larger than in Latin countries, therefore a greater distance is saved both to greet and to converse.
Environmental protectors In Canada There are garbage cans everywhere, they have a recycling system used in many parts of the world to separate the garbage and reuse it again. In some areas, it is common to see next to the containers, a kind of metal trays destined to the collection of cans and cans for people of low income, in this way, after filling a person can take it to recycling center and get some money. Also, garbage is collected on different days of the week depending on the zone. It is usually collected once a week that of regular containers and recycling, and once every two weeks that of garden waste.
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