Special Sub-Topic: Come, Visit Canada!
|You've been invited to spend the Victoria Day weekend with your friend. In what month will your visit to Canada be? |
May. Victoria Day is celebrated on the Monday preceeding May 25th. It was first declared a holiday in 1845, in honour of Queen Victoria's birthday.
|If your Canadian friend tells you to, "Come on in, and sit on the chesterfield", on what will you be sitting? |
Couch/ Sofa. The word, "chesterfield" probably comes from the name of the 19th century English Earl of Chesterfield. It seems to have come into use in Canada in 1903.
|You and your friend are hungry, so you head out for dinner. The restaurant is selling poutine. You think you will try it, since this combination of foods sounds appealing. What is it? |
French fries, gravy and cheese curds. This dish originated in Quebec in 1957. It can now be found on the menu in some McDonalds' restaurants, right across the nation!
|You are still hungry, so you read over the dessert menu. How about a butter tart? Which two ingredients might you find in a delicious butter tart? |
Raisins and nuts. Butter tarts are somewhat like a pecan pie without the pecans. As the Canadian artist Charles Pachter once said, "As the croissant is to France and the doughnut is to America, the butter tart is to Canada."
|Your friend asks the waiter for a "double-double". You are confused, but the waiter knows that your friend wants...|
Coffee with two creams and two sugars. In 2004, the phrase, "double-double" was added to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. You can also have your coffee, "triple, triple"- if you dare!
|Your friend pays the waiter with some toonies and loonies. What on earth are toonies and loonies? |
Two dollar and one dollar coins. One-dollar coins, featuring a picture of a loon on the front, were first issued in May of 1987. The two-dollar coins were first issued in February 1996, and are two-coloured with a picture of a polar bear.
|Now that your meal is done, you head outside. It's chilly, so you'd better wear your tuque. What part of your body will you put it on?|
Head. This can also be spelled, "touque" or "toque". And you are not likely to really need one on Victoria Day, unless you are in the far north of Canada.
|Before you head home, your friend wants to pick up a "two-four". This is a beverage, but what type? |
Beer. This is a case of 24 bottles or cans of beer.
|That night, you head out to a hockey game. You learn that ice hockey games are divided up into...|
Three periods. A hockey game consists of three twenty-minute periods. If the game is tied after that, it may go into overtime. The rules for that will vary according to the league that is playing, and whether or not it is a playoff game.
|At the end of your visit, you thank your friend and say that you have enjoyed visiting his home state. He politely informs you that Canada is not divided into states, it is divided into...|
Provinces and territories. Canada has ten provinces and three territories. The newest territory is Nunavut, which was established April 1st, 1999.
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