9/11 is clearly not a date that augers well. Today, the American people have voted Donald Trump into the presidential seat. Yes, he's the next #POTUS (for the uninitiated, it stands for President of the United States of America). As stock markets the world over begin to tank, Americans who didn't cast their vote for Trump seem to be making their exit plans. Their destination of choice? Canada. Judging by how Canada's immigration site crashed as Trump's election lead grew, the prospect of moving to greener pastures seems to be quite the sweet deal — and no, it isn't the maple syrup we're talking about. For those ready to embrace their new motherland, here're some curious facts we've uncovered about the world's second largest country.
1. Water, water everywhere
With over 2 million lakes occupying over 7% of Canada's land mass, there's certainly more than enough space for all to dive in for a swim. It is also estimated that 20 per cent of the world's fresh water supply resides in Canada.
2. Bear hugs aplenty
- There are 25,000 polar bears in the world and 15,500 of them call Canada home. Nunavut, a massive but sparsely populated territory in northern Canada, used to pay tribute to these majestic beasts by sporting polar bear-shaped license plates.
3. Home of the maple syrup
- 77% of maple syrup consumed the world over is made right here in Quebec. And no, we're not talking about artificially flavoured liquids packed with high fructose corn syrup. Canadians don't accept anything less than the real deal.
4. Canadians don't take themselves too seriously
- Each year, over 200 men and women head into Nanaimo to climb into bathtubs and race each other to the finish line. Keen to take part in next year's race? Block your calendar for 21-23 July 2017. Did we also mention that they have a town featuring two exclamation marks in its name? Google it: Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!
5. Everyone's welcome
- One-fifth of Canadians were born outside of the country. The last we checked, they have no plans to lock down their borders.