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Let's Get This Party Started, Eh?

Sunday, June 24, 2012




Today we kick off The Great Canadian Blog Bash hosted by Whispered Inspirations, Mom vs. the Boys, Positively Pampered Patty, Good Girl Gone Green and Kat’s Confessions. It's all about celebrating our country's big day and uniting Canadian bloggers both old and new. And this year, they're kicking it off with a big Twitter party full of Canadian trivia and prizes sponsored by fabulous Canadian companies! Tune in tonight at 9:00pm and follow the hashtag #TGCBB.

I will also be giving away a $25 iTunes.ca gift card but before I do, I wanted to share some interesting facts about the largest city in Canada that I now call home - Toronto. Not only is it the capital of Ontario, it is also one of the busiest places in the country. There is always something to do, places to see and it seems as though there are construction cranes everywhere you look. Here are some other interesting facts about Toronto:
  • In the downtown core, you will find the CN Tower, which held the record for the World's tallest for 34 years. It also has the world's highest wine cellar and was recently presented the Guinness World Record for the "Highest External Walk on a Building."
  • Toronto is also home to the only full-sized castle in North America. Casa Loma was also the setting for scenes in the movies Chicago and X-Men
  • The third largest zoo in the world is right here in the GTA.
Do you know any other fun and interesting facts about Toronto? How about the rest of our glorious nation? Share some Canadian trivia or why you're proud to be Canadian and you could win a $25 iTunes.ca gift card!

Good luck, eh!

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99 COMMENTS

  1. Canadian is more than 18 times the size of France
    Janette

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  2. There are 100 + languages spoken throughout the city of Toronto

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    1. Wow! That's a lot, but I'm not surprised.

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  3. I am proud to be Canadian because of our openess!

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  4. Canada is almost 30% larger than Australia.

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    1. I didn't realize it was that much larger.

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  5. When the Earth's land mass was just one large continent, scientists believe that what is now Newfoundland was actually attached to Egypt.

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    1. Wow, that's crazy! I'd never heard that one before.

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  6. I love that around the world when people hear you are Canadian they automatically smile.
    Debbie

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  7. Superman was created by a Canadian. Really!

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  8. Smarties are a hot commodity at Epcot in Orlando, Florida. I know, because my cousin (who, of course, is Canadian) worked there last year!

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  9. I'm proud to be Canadian because we universally accepted wherever we go and we accept others wherever they are from!

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  10. I'm proud to be Canadian because of our tradition of tolerance and caring towards each other.

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  11. I'm proud to be Canadian because we have a wonderful health care system where we all have access to medical care, and we have hockey and tim hortons and the calgary stampede!

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  12. Ontario is so big, tourists are always astonished they can't get from a to b in an hour

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  13. I am proud to be canadian because we live in the most beautiful and friendly country anywhere

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com
    belinda mcnabb

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  14. I am proud to be Canadian because of our great healthcare system, maple syrup, poutine and freedom!

    breej23 at hotmail dot com

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  15. The Chocolate bar was invented in Canada

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  16. Three different oceans border Canada: the Atlantic, Pacific and the Arctic oceans

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  17. The TransCanada Highway is the longest in the world

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  18. I am proud to be a Canadian because we are liked all over the world because of our kindness

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  19. I don't know a whole lot of Canadian trivia (shame on me lol), but I'm proud to be Canadian because our people are (for the most part) friendly and accepting and our country is beautiful.

    Amber Y

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  20. I am proud to be a Canadian because of all the freedoms we enjoy. We live in a beautiful country with beautiful and friendly people. We are also a multicultural society. That is awesome!

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  21. I am a proud Canadian because of our beautiful nation, national parks and amazing wildlife.

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  22. Beautiful and peaceful country!
    polo_wataga at yahoo dot com

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  23. I love being Canadian because of our Health care and this land is so beautiful right along with the people

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  24. Canada's only desert is near Osoyoos

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  25. I am proud to be Canadian because anywhere I go in the world, I am liked because I come from Canada.
    Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity. ~Pauline
    dod@rogers.com

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  26. I'm proud to be Canadian because of our worldwide reputation as a friendly peaceful nation

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  27. Fun Fact about New Brunswick (the province where I was born & raised) : it's the only officially bilingual province in Canada!

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  28. In 1946, the province of Saskatchewan was the first Canadian province to introduce near universal health coverage (what essentially became our current Medicare) and am I ever grateful they did! :)

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  29. Contrary to what our American friends believe, baseball was actually invented in Ontario, Canada!

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  30. I was never good at geography but I do remember that Canada touches 3 oceans -Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic

    mimishumblepie@gmail.com

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  31. I'm proud to be Canadian because of the freedoms we enjoy. We are truly blessed to live in such a great Country!

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  32. McGyver was filmed in Vancouver. I love me some McGyver!
    Great giveaway, thanks.

    Regards, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeysof TheZoo
    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

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  33. I'm proud to be Canadian because of our diverse culture, acceptance of others, and reputation for peace and good manners!

    As a teacher too, I find it interesting that we more often say "grade one", "grade two", "grade three"... while Americans more often say it like this: "first grade", "second grade", "third grade". It's a small difference, but an interesting one! (I know we all use the terms interchangeably at times, too, but this is still intriguing to me!).

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  34. I live n Windsor, Ontario. We have the most diverse population in Canada - more ethnic people living here with their food (restaurants and grocery stores), dress, dance and culture. Carousel of the Nations celebrates this diversity. One weekend in the summer there is a festival on the riverfront (the river that separates us from Detroit, with its unique culture) where many nations offer food and a party atmosphere. Over 2 weekends various cultural centres are open to the public offering food, music and dance.

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  35. I am proud to be Canadian,we are awesome ,friendly people who live in a wonderful country !
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

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  36. I'm proud of our ability to be accepting and kind, and for our ability to express ourselves freely- something that I feel is taken for granted too often!

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  37. I didn't read all the facts people have posted but I think I have one... the world's longest street; Yonge Street is 1,178 miles (1896 kilometers) long.

    and better yet... by July 1, 2012 it will be the new home of @anniecannie.

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  38. I'm proud to be a Canadian because of our multiculturalism!

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  39. A Canadian invented the push-up bra.

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  40. The baseball glove was invented in Canada in 1883.

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  41. Kingston, Ontario was the first capital of Canada.

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  42. Canada is bordered by three oceans.
    Rafflecopter name is Julie G.

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  43. The lowest temperature in Canada was recorded in Snag, YT.

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  44. Beautiful mountains & friendly people! I love Canada!

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  45. Beautiful country, people

    ontariohappychick at gmail dot com

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  46. I am really an International Tooth Fairy but proud to be Canadian too EH? since THE @canadianmint has a sweet NEW 2012 coin minted for me! Tee hee, I thought I would do some Canadian Toothfairy theme triva! Believe me I hope that is really OK?

    ladybugcda (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  47. I am proud to be Canadian because of the breath taking scenery we have and our health care.

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  48. Jennifer Barata AllenJune 26, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    I am proud because we live in a free and the most beautiful country in the world

    jmbarata21@hotmail.com

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  49. Did you know that Canada has TWO national sports? Hockey is Canada's national winter sport and lacrosse is Canada's national summer sport. The "National Sport Act" was created in 1994 and states, "An act to declare hockey and lacrosse as the national sports of Canada."

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  50. I love the beautiful small towns, great farmland and free healthcare

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  51. I did not know that casa loma was in the x-men! very cool! I haven't been there in ages! I love Canada for it's Nature as we spend so much time with the boys exploring new locations to play and hike and I love how accepting and safe our country is! Thanks for taking part this year!

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  52. Did you know Canada is the home of many great inventions, including: basketball, the electric light bulb, the electric range, the electron microscope, standard time, the television, the telephone, and the zipper.
    brittlebain at live dot ca

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  53. Yonge Street in Toronto was formerly noted as the longest street in the world, according to Guinness Book of World Records.

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  54. I love how safe I feel here. I can take a walk in the park and feel completely safe.

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  55. I am proud to be a Canadian because all over the whole world we are known and liked. That is pretty impressive.

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  56. I am proud to be Canadian because we are a friendly country.

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  57. I'm proud to be Canadian because we have such wonderful freedom here.

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  58. I love being Canadian because being kind and considerate is appreciated, and this country is amazingly beautiful

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  59. I am proud to be Canadian because we are a (for the most part) friendly nation :)

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  60. im proud to be canadian because i feel it is the best place on earth! I love the people, I love the cities and towns, I love everything about Canada!

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  61. Hey gorgeous! Thanks for taking part in TGCBB this year! Well, what I love about this country is the choices we have, the support we need and don't we all LOVE poutine?

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  62. We live in a country where we are free and are tolerant and understanding of people's differences! I think that makes us one heck of a country!

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  63. I have no interest in an itunes card but wanted to say hey and thanks for sharing some info on Toronto. I've only driven through Toronto, not had a chance to really stop and look around. But to be honest Toronto scares me! It's so big!

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    1. Hey Kathleen! Thanks stopping by. I used to find Toronto rather intimidating. It IS big! And busy, too. But having lived here for 8 years, it no longer phases me. In fact, I love that there is always something to see and do. Next time you're in town, give me a shout!

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  64. i am proud to be canadian because of universal health care!

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  65. funny fact - read that we apparently eat more mac & cheese than any nation on earth!! LOL... seriously, proud canadian and love to reflect that on my blog! can't wait to do my canada day post!:)

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  66. I'm proud because we have such a high standard of living, excellent healthcare, and it's a safe place to live. Also tons of natural beauty!

    Carmen Q

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  67. I proud to be a Canadian b/c we have a beautiful, clean country where we are aloud to live the way we want to live and respect each other for our differences and similarities.

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  68. I LOVE the diversity of Canada, from coast to coast each province is unique

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  69. Canada is the home of many great inventions, including: basketball, the electric light bulb, the electric range, the electron microscope, standard time, the television, the telephone, and the zipper.

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  70. I love how diverse our country is

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  71. I live in Canada's only border city; Lloydminster on the Sask. side, soon to be moving to the Alberta side. Where my house is, I can look out my front window and I am looking onto the alberta side. I just have to walk across the street and I'm in Alberta. I love Canada because of its vast beauty, peacefullness and for the most part laid back friendliness. We have some of the most inspiring mompreneurs to boot! Buy Canadian, Buy local!!

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    1. That is so neat! And yes, let's support our local Canadian businesses and mompreneurs!

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  72. Canada is a name derived from the Huron-Iroquois kanata meaning, a village or settlement.

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  73. Oh my goodness. We took friends from California on a sightseeing trip last week. We went to Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City. Know what makes me proud to be Canadian?

    * Montreal bagels
    * Schwartz's smoked meat in Montreal
    * REAL Quebec poutine (with REAL poutine cheese curds! If it doesn't squeak, it ain't real poutine cheese!)
    * Our Canadian diversity, history, culture (multi-culture)
    * Canadian talent (so many fabulous bands, singers, artists, actors)
    * Our health care system (better than many other countries)

    Oh, I can go on and on! :) Je suis canadienne and I love it!

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    1. I suddenly have a desire to visit Quebec for bagels, smoked meat and poutine. Not necessarily in that order.

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  74. The last Twilight movie was filmed in BC

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  75. The Americans burnt our parliament first! #1812

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  76. Canada has made some amazing inventions including:
    the Zipper, plastic bags, the odometre, and the paint roller to name a few :)
    I am a proud Canadian inventor and I look up to the ingenuity of Canadian minds

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  77. I am proud to be Canadian because of our freedom! This truly is a great place to live!

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  78. Maple Syrup must be refrigerated after opening. The real maple syrup. That is if there is any left after opening it. Not trivia but a tip. Thanks for being part of #TGCBB :)

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  79. I am proud to be a Canadian because we are so open and tolerant to diverse cultural groups.

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  80. Esterhazy, Saskatchewan is the potash capital of the world. (And it's also my hometown).

    I live in Regina now..the city that rhymes with fun. (or so people say around here.) :-P

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  81. Great T-dot facts! Thanks for joining this year. Happy o have you, D! :)

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  82. Ah, but more importantly Castle Loma was featured in the film Strange Brew, eh?

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  83. I am proud of our multicultural heritage.

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  84. Canada is comprised of six time zones!!!!

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  85. im proud to be Canadian because Canada is beautiful and so are all the ppl in it! Canadians are friendly and helpful! also i love lake Superior! i love going swimming in it its the biggest of the great lakes!

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  86. Basketball was invented by a Canadian

    tinalee351 at gmail dot com

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  87. in canada we never pay taxes on wins, whereas our U.S. neighbors have to pay taxes on even small wins like a choc bar

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  88. I'm proud to be Canadian because of our "live and let live" philosophy!

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  89. I am proud to be Canadian because we are very accepting and a multicultural country.

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  90. I am so proud to be Canadian, the pride our country has, despite the pitfalls, the peaceful nation we live in, people who care about others, and a health care system, though not perfect, free to help those who need it.

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