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12 Things You Should Never Do In Canada

Canada! The Great White North! As the United States' neighbor to the immediate north full of people who mostly speak English, Canada is frequently the first (or only) foreign country many Americans visit. If you're from the U.S. (or elsewhere) and are planning a trip to the proud and mighty land where maple syrup grows on trees, there are a handful of things you should not do while there if you want to avoid annoying, offending, or even angering a stranger.

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    12 Things You Should Never Do In Canada

    12 Things You Should Never Do In Canada

    Canada! The Great White North! As the United States' neighbor to the immediate north full of people who mostly speak English, Canada is frequently the first (or only) foreign country many Americans visit. If you're from the U.S. (or elsewhere) and are planning a trip to the proud and mighty land where maple syrup grows on trees, there are a handful of things you should not do while there if you want to avoid annoying, offending, or even angering a stranger. While Canada is renowned as a nation of polite people, some buttons just shouldn't be pushed.

    This Is How Canada Got Its Name

    This Is How Canada Got Its Name

    Even though the U.S.-Canada border is within a couple hours' drive of tens of millions of Americans, our neighbor to the north remains a mystery to a lot of U.S. citizens. There isn't much of a mystery, however, according to The Travel: By and large, the two countries are so culturally indistinguishable as to effectively be the same place. What differences there are (the Canadian preference for hockey over football, for example, or the way milk is packaged in Canadian grocery stores vs. American ones) are borderline trivial.

    Why The US-Canada Border Is Where It Is

    The border between the United States and Canada is the longest international border in the world, according to the Government of Canada. At around 5,525 miles (per Atlas Obscura), it roughly follows the 49th parallel from the Strait of Georgia along the Pacific coast to Lake of the Woods between the U.S. state of Minnesota and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba, according to History. It then moves from the northernmost point of Lake of the Woods to Lake Superior, from Lake Superior to the St. Lawrence River, from the St. Lawrence River to the source of the St. Croix River roughly along the 45th parallel, and from the St. Croix River to the Atlantic Ocean (via the International Boundary Commission)

    This Massive Canadian Mountain Is Still Growing Every Day

    The Seven Second Summits is a collective term that denotes the second highest peaks on each of the seven continents across the world, as Peak Bagger reports. Most of you reading this probably live on the North American continent, so you're likely wondering which one of our many majestic sedimentary monuments belongs to this venerable order. According to Explorer's Web, that honorary title belongs to Mt. Logan in Canada's Yukon territory. Towering above the soil and gravel at a staggering 5,959m (just under 20,000ft.), it's also Canada's tallest mountain and the world's largest non-volcanic mountain in base circumference. It is second in height only to Mt. Denali, whose zenith reaches some 6,194m (20,321ft) above the earth.

    Why Santa Claus Has Canadian Citizenship

    For centuries, the fabled St. Nick has been the focal point of the Christmas season in all of its changing forms over the years, but the Santa Claus most of us know is the one that decks himself in red from head to toe, sports an ivory white beard that looks like an avalanche falling down his body, and looks darn good slugging a frosty Coca-Cola in the middle of winter. On the other hand, did you ever notice the similarity between ol' Father Christmas's garb and a certain national flag that flies high above the Great White North? That's right: We're talking about Canada.

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