1. Being a Canadian: Sanctuary for Stray Cats
Here’s one thing you didn’t know about being a Canadian. Originally cats were used in the Parliament buildings to control mice. A colony of strays have lived just behind the Parliament buildings since the 70’s. Fed and cared for by volunteers, today’s residents live in little wooden houses and have their own blog and Facebook page.
2. Being a Canadian: Crystal Ball
Here’s another fun fact about being a Canadian. Did you know, William Lyon Mackenzie King (he’s the one on Canada’s $50 bill) also tried to get advice from his dead mother at séances he held in his home. You can still see his crystal ball in the library of Laurier House in Ottawa – now a National Historic Site.
(Photo courtesy of Biblio Archives/Flickr)
3. Being a Canadian: Aircraft Carrier Made From Ice
Patricia Lake, just a 10-minutes outside of Jasper AB, was the site of ‘Operation Habbakuk’ a bizarre top-secret WWII military experiment. The 1943 mission was to build a 1-to-50-scale prototype of an aircraft carrier using ice and sawdust. The site is now marked by a roadside plaque and submerged monument. How’s that for being Canadian?