Did you know Canada is the garter snake capital of the world, or that we hold an annual bathtub race? How about our strange attempts to make contact with extraterrestrials, or Newfoundland’s unique connection to Mars? Here are the 13 strangest things about Canada that you never knew.
1. You Can See More Snakes in Winnipeg Than Anywhere Else
Just 130-km north of Winnipeg is the Narcisse Snake Dens conversation area, where each spring, tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes slither out from their dens for a few weeks from mid-April to early May. Fortunately there are viewing platforms set up so you can watch them from afar.
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2. We Have a Secret Underground Labratory in Sudbury, Ont.
Canada is at the forefront in the international search for new forces and forms of matter thanks to SNOLAB. Designed for the study of neutrino and dark matter physics, it’s the deepest clean laboratory in the world dedicated to this type of work. The lab, which was once the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, was built in a mine to avoid interference from environmental and solar radioactivity.
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