Did you know that...?


Toronto, Canada is the home to the longest street in the world - Yonge Street.  Aside from having some of the best restaurants and unique shops in the downtown/North York area, Yonge Street also happens to be an incredible 2000 km long!  While living in Toronto, Yonge Street is where I got most of my comic books and anime merchandise.  Two of the best restaurants on Yonge Street are Red Lobster and Swiss Chalet, mainly because of their welcoming atmosphere and comfort foods.


Canola oil was developed in Canada and actually stands for Canada Oil Low Acid = CANOLA.  It was selectively bred from rapeseed oil to have a significantly lower amount of erucic acid.  It also has a higher in anti-inflammatory omega-3s, which means that it can help reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.  If you're looking for an oil with a high smoke point, canola oil is perfect for cooking at high temperatures.


Canada is the World's Most Educated Country, due to the fact that over half its residents - 56% - have a college degree.  The University of Toronto is the best university in Canada and its downtown campus is comprised of several historic buildings and courtyards that are popular with tourists.  The scale of the downtown campus alone is enough to surprise most visitors.


Canada has the most lakes in the world, with its total exceeding that of the rest of the lakes in the world combined.  Some of the more popular lakes are Lake Ontario, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, and Lake Moraine.  Some of the smaller lakes are quite busy in the summer as many families visit with their families for a refreshing swim and a picnic.  The last time my family drove up to Lake Simcoe - a favorite lake for Torontonians to go swimming - we weren't able to gain access because it was packed beyond capacity!


Canada consumes more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world.  When I was a child, Kraft Dinner (a famous macaroni and cheese brand) was the most appreciated supermarket purchase since it tasted great (from a child's point of view) and was incredibly easy to make on the stove top.  Most restaurants in Toronto, whether they be Italian, Western, or something in between, have macaroni and cheese on the menu.


In Churchill, Canada, wild polar bears regularly roam the streets, so thoughtful residents leave their cars unlocked in case pedestrians spot one of those great white bears and need to escape.


And... Canada is home to Santa Claus!  He even has a Canadian passport and a Canadian address.  So the next time someone asks you what nationality Santa Claus is, you can say Canadian.


~ Samantha