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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Canadian Quiz & Give-away

Here's the answers for last weeks' quiz ....coming to you late thanks to the changes in the CDHM tutorial rules which means that I now have to follow it live, a big fruit tree sale at a local nursery, and a lovely steak dinner at Kelsey's...

1. Canada is home to the world's largest island in a freshwater lake. This island itself has 108 freshwater lakes. In what body of water is it and what's the name of the island?
Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron

2. Canada has one-tenth of the world's forests but a population of only 3.4 people per square kilometer. About 5.5 million people live in Canada's largest city. In what province is it located.

3. The longest street in the world is 1896 km long; it starts at Lake Ontario and ends at the Minnesota's border. Name the town it starts in.
Apparently I was using old information; the correct version should have been:
Now Wiki states that "Changes in provincial responsibility separated the now locally-funded and controlled Yonge Street from Highway 11 during the 1990s. As a result, Highway 11 does not start until Crown Hill just outside of Barrie, several kilometres north of where the name "Yonge Street" ends. The Guinness Book of World Records no longer lists Yonge as the longest street in the world, citing instead the Pan-American Highway as the world's longest "motorable road"."
I stand corrected; thanks, Doreen.

4. Canada has the fifth largest island on earth, more than double the size of the UK but slightly smaller than France. Name it.
Baffin Island has a land mass of 507,451 square km.
Some of you thought it might be Newfoundland, the largest of Canada's island provinces. The island of Newfoundland at 111,390 square km, is only 1-3/4 the size of Great Britain.

5. Canada is so large it covers 6 time zones. When it's noon in Victoria, B.C. what time is it in St John's?
This is a trick question! There is a St John New Brunswick but also a St John's Newfoundland. With current daylight savings time, Newfoundland is 4 hours and 30 minutes ahead of British Columbia. At 12:00 PM in British Columbia it is 4:30 in St. John's Newfoundland.

6. Since Santa Claus lives at the north pole, what country is he a citizen of?
No country owns the north pole. So technically Piikko is correct. Santa is a citizen of the world.

BONUS QUESTION: If you went into a Timmies, wearing a toque, would you be able to get poutine or a double-double?
Toque is a typical Canadian word meaning a knitted, brimless, closefitting cap wore in winter and has nothing to do with the question.
Poutine is a Canadian dish consisting of french fries topped with fresh cheese curds and covered with brown gravy and good for at least a million calories. It's served at many fast food places but not coffee shops....
There is at least one Timmies ...or Tim Horton coffee shop, located in every town but particularly so in Ontario, where they're located almost on every street corner.
A double-double is a coffee taken with double milk and double sugar.

The bucket of clams & the seagull are flying off to Wasaga Beach where they will reside with Doreen Playter.

Susan Hale gets the fishing rod & the trout even though her answer about Santa is not fully correct. Apparently our immigration minister has "officially" given Santa honorary citizenship with full Canadian fly over rights. If it wasn't Santa, you'd hear me grumble about illegal aliens jumping the immigration queue yet again!

Zona Ray will have to make do with the sand pail & the sandcastle but it's all good as she informed me that she'd be happy with any of the three.

Special prize of a fishing rod & fish goes to Gary Sokol for being so persistent about getting his answers right ....he tells me he even stayed up until 5:30am looking for answers.
Not sure I believe you Gary LOL

And this is what Toronto, the Good, looked like todaySince we're hosting the G20 Summit, we have had thousands of protesters setting police cars on fire and breaking Starbucks windows; they've protested everything from the seal hunt to the emptiness of their own wallets.


  1. Thanks Karin! I can't wait to get my fishing rod and fish. Some of my dolls need to go fishing.
    It's been an exciting weekend for polite, orderly Toronto hosting the G20. I am watching the news right now (10:30 am Sunday) and the police are doing a raid on the University of Toronto campus and have arrested more than 70 people (these are not the students. They are visitors with bad attitudes). Since the vandalism yesterday afternoon the police have arrested about 500 people. I hope the vandals will learn that they can't treat our beautiful city that way without consequences.

  2. Interesting facts I did not know about your nation! And such a shame such conferences or 'summit's' have to incite such rage and violence in people. Love that fishing pole! I did order a fishing net from one of the online stores and I love it. It looks a bit used and rustic--the mesh was not pure white but looked as if it had been doused in the stream several times. Still collecting for the cabin which, during this busy hay season, still sits about 1/8th completed in the basement (sigh). I always make the mistake of thinking we will get more done in the summer and it always seems that we get less accomplished because of the grass cutting, spraying, and cutting, baling and getting up hay.


  3. Hi Karen;

    I love the fishing pole and trout. Thank you so much!! They are so perfectly crafted. When I get back from vacation I will do a post about fishing on my blog.
    I hope you are having a great summer!


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