VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Do you know what colour a beaver’s teeth are? How about the maximum number of elephants you can fit on a North Vancouver landmark?
If you’ve ever wanted the answer to these questions, look no further than “Weird But True: Canada,” a new book that looks at odd Canadian facts.
National Geographic Editor Paige Towler — who is actually American — says she learned Canada has more donut shops per person than any other country.
But is that really surprising?
“We love donuts here in the United States too so I have to say even if it’s not surprising, I’m definitely jealous,” she says with a laugh.
The book explores 300 different tidbits about Canada, all put together by a team of researchers who work on the Real But True books.
“What they do is they go through science journals, news articles, history books, and more to pick out fun facts that we know our kid readers will like.”
And yes, the book is technically for kids, but Towler says it’s one anyone can “dip into.”
So what are some other weird, but true, Candianisms? Someone once drove a zamboni from coast to coast, the world’s largest beaver dam is in Alberta — and you can see it from space!
And, in North Vancouver, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is really strong.
“Rated to hold the weight of up to 96 elephants,” she says, in case you were wondering. So how does one figure that out, exactly?
“It’s definitely an engineering process where they analyze the way in which the bridge is put together and the materials it’s made from. But beyond that, I’m afraid I’m unfortunately not an expert on the process.”
It’s the first time the Weird But True books have explored the Great White North, which has plenty of other interesting facts to explore.
Did you know we were the first country to build a UFO landing strip back in 1967?
“It’s one of the first pads designed to welcome aliens, which I think is really sweet especially since Canadians are known to be a very welcoming and kind group of people.”
She says she was surprised the US wasn’t the first country to nab this odd “first”.
Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world, the book says, which Towler says just goes to show how influencial different countries can be on the founding of others.
So there you have it. And to answer your question, a beaver’s teeth are bright orange.
-With files from John Ackermann