Canadian Tourism Commission

Canadian Tourism Commission

June 25, 2008 10:00 ET

Will Aliens Arrive in Time to Celebrate Canada Day?

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 25, 2008) - Canada is so cool it's out-of-this-world. Just ask the residents of Vulcan, Alberta, home of the world's first alien landing pad. The town built a Flying Saucer Landing Pad to celebrate Canada's centennial in 1967. Photos of UFO's, crop circles and information on hoaxes can be seen at the Vulcan Trek Station.

And while you're thinking big, ever cross an icefield six times larger than the island of Manhattan? Travel the Icefields Parkway (http://media3.marketwire.com/r/mantra_on_mtn.html) to breathe in the rarefied air of the Columbia Icefields and tour a living glacier.

The cool factor heats up in summer. If you visit Churchill, Manitoba you can snorkel with belugas in summer and visit the world's highest concentration of polar bears in Fall/Winter. (http://media3.marketwire.com/r/fire_ice.html)

And speaking of chilly receptions, did you know Canada's national anthem almost began "Oh Albertoria, our home and native land..."? Well, not really. The dominion of Canada was born under the Constitution Act of 1867. But these names for the new country were also suggested: Albertoria, Tupona, Efisga, Vesporia, Mesopelagia, Brittania, Cabotia, Laurential, Ursalia.

Wherever you land in Canada, you'll explore the unusual, unique and unexpected. http://media3.marketwire.com/r/on_being_canadian.html

Canada Trivia

Did Canada's national anthem almost begin with "Oh Albertoria, our home and native land..."?

Well, not really. The dominion of Canada was born under the Constitution Act of 1867. But these names for the new country were also suggested: Albertoria, Tupona, Efisga, Vesporia, Mesopelagia, Brittania, Cabotia, Laurential, Ursalia.

What is Canada's official sport? Lacrosse or hockey?

Well, by law, it's a tie. Since 1994, lacrosse has been Canada's national summer game while hockey is Canada's national winter game.

What province is twice as big as France; three times the size of Germany and could fit four United Kingdoms within its borders?

The great Ontario, spanning one million sq km (415,000 sq mi), and boasting 250,000 lakes. Despite the largeness, Quebec wins the title of biggest province in Canada.

From what town does Elvis Presley's all-time favourite female singer hail?

Anne Murray was "the King's" all-time favourite female singer. John Lennon also said that her version of "You Won't See Me" was his favourite cover of a Beatles' song. You can visit the Anne Murray Centre at her hometown of Springhill, NS.

What Canadian inventions can you snack on?

Ginger ale, Pablum and the chocolate bar are all made-in-Canada inventions. Of course, if you need to make room after snacking, remember the zipper was also invented in Canada.

Where will you find the largest game preserve in the world?

Start in Africa and head due north-all the way to Northern Ontario. The Chapleau Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary provides habitat for close to 120 species of birds and 50 species of mammals across 800,000 hectares. Look for otters, mink, fox, wolves, moose, and black bears.

Who was the first person to scale the highest peak in every continent?

On August 5, 1986, Patrick Morrow became the first person to complete mountaineering's "grand slam"-climbing the highest peak on each of the seven continents. The quest took Morrow, born in Invermere, BC, 14-plus years to complete.

Where can you find the world's first alien landing pad?

Head northeast of Edmonton, Alberta to the town of St. Paul. The town built a Flying Saucer Landing Pad to celebrate Canada's centennial in 1967. Photos of UFO's, crop circles and information on hoaxes can be seen at the UFO Interpretive Display in the tourist information centre.

The fastest land animal in North America lives in Saskatchewan and Alberta. What is it?

The fleet-footed pronghorn (also known as the pronghorn antelope, though it's not really an antelope). It can reach speeds of 86 km/hr (53 mi/hr). Faced with extinction in 1900, Canada's pronghorn survived, and are now commonly found in southwest Saskatchewan and southeast Alberta.

Who was the youngest hockey player ever to be named the National Hockey League's Most Valuable Player?

Wayne Gretzky, aka "The Great One". Born in Brantford, ON, in 1961, Gretzky received the NHL MVP honour at the age of 19 in 1980. He went on to win MVP nine times in the 1980s.

What famous Canadian comedian sent his resume to the Carol Burnett Show at age 10?

Comic great Jim Carrey. He also wrote himself a cheque for $20 million and carried it around in his wallet until he earned that amount in one film-The Cable Guy.

How many UNESCO World Heritage Sites are there in Canada?

Canada is home to 14 World Heritage Sites. In 2007, the Rideau Canal, which flows through Ottawa, ON, became the latest Canadian site to earn the designation. Read about all of our World Heritage Sites here.

Where will you find one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world?

Some 110 languages and dialects are spoken in Toronto, ON, which boasts a population of over 2.5 million. Explore the city's six Chinatowns, popular Greektown, Little Italy, Portugal Village, Little India and many more vibrant ethnic neighbourhoods.

Forget the airport. What's the busiest bird stopover in North America?

Point Pelee in southern Ontario resounds with the soothing sounds of migrating songbirds each spring. Thousands of international flights lift off from the national park during the annual Festival of Birds in May.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Tourism Commission
    Carol Horne
    Manager Travel Media Relations
    (604) 638-8370
    Email: horne.carol@ctc-cct.ca

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