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Western Canada Trivia

Western Canada Trivia

July 29, 2011

Interesting Western Canada trivia! 

  1. Alberta's crude oil output is currently 629,000 barrels a day, and the oilsands production is 1,000,000 barrels a day. Oilsands have an estimated 175 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, second only to Saudi Arabia! Alberta's natural pipeline system makes up more than 25% of the total pipelines nationwide. 
  2. Marilyn Monroe sprained her ankle while filming River of No Return in Banff, and she was staying at Banff Springs when she was evicted for lewd dress. 
  3. Sir Sanford Fleming, the chief engineer when the Canadian Pacific Railway was being built, invented the Standard time system. He proposed that the world be divided into 24 equal time zones. Within each time zone, time would be the same. Greenwich was designated the starting point because the sun peaks at noon there. The idea was adopted by 25 countries in 1884 and went into effect New Years 1885. 
  4. In the 1850's the original site of the Empress Hotel in Victoria B.C. was a mud tidal flat that was used as a garbage dump. But in real estate terms, the place always had what it takes. . .location, location, location. 
  5. The National Historic Site which is The Butchart Gardens was once a limestone deposit which daily produced 2000 barrels of Portland Cement.
  6. The Columbia Icefield sits on a triple continental divide with waters flowing to the Atlantic, Pacific and Acrtic Oceans. 
  7. Whistler, BC is named after the Hoary Marmot because of the shrill whistling sound that it makes when agitated. 
  8. Vancouver is North America's largest Container Seaport and Cruise Terminal. 
  9. Canada has the second largest oil reserves in the world. At current production, they could last for another 400 years, or they could solely provide the world with oil for the next five years. 
  10. Vancouver and Whistler are hosting the Winter Olympics for 2010. 
  11. Canada has the world's longest coastline. 
  12. While traveling through the Province of Alberta, Canada, it is interesting to note the number of cities bearing French names. Many areas were settled by the Oblate priests from Quebec. Other settlers were from Poland and the Ukraine (great pirogues and kielbasa). 
  13. Calgary is the oil capital of Canada. Many of the skyscrapers display the names of major oil companies. Aside from large reserves of natural gas and conventional oil, northern Alberta supplies about one million barrels per day of oil products from the Athabasca Oil Sands to the US. 
  14. The Okanagan valley in central British Columbia is Canada's fruit basket. Peaches, apples, cherries, pears, plums and apricots are all grown here. The local grapes supply the local award-winning wineries. 
  15. One can find beautiful jade in the Lillooet, BC area. The largest jade boulder to have ever been found was from here. It weighed 16 tons. 
  16. Waterton Lakes National Park has become a Biosphere Reserve. More than 225 of these reserves have been established by UNESCO in 120 countries around the world. Waterton Lakes is the 1st national park in Canada to take part in the program. The Core of parkland together with surrounding land development biologically forms the Waterton Biosphere Reserve. 
  17. Waterton crosses 6 ecological zones as they ascend from Wetlands through prairie, Parkland Mountain, Sub alpine to alpine zones. 
  18. 55% of Alberta's total wildflower species can be found in Waterton. Many of these plants are considered rare in Canada, i.e. Bear Grass found in no other Canadian national Park. Each Bear Grass plant blooms every 7 years. 
  19. What is a Biosphere Reserve? Biosphere reserves are intended to represent the earth's characteristic ecosystems, maintain their biological integrity, promote education and research and provide welfare of local population. The biosphere reserve program is part of a voluntary program that carries no legal weight. 
  20. According to scientists, Canada's forests have more "Lung Lichen" than anywhere else in the world. The significance of this discovery is that "Lung Lichen" is extremely sensitive to air pollution in its environment. This has led scientists to the conclusion that based on the fact that we have the most lichen of this type, we therefore have some of the freshest air in the world! Breathe Deeply, Everyone! 
  21. British Columbia boasts the greatest diversity of landscape and climate anywhere in the world! Here you will find sea coast, mountains, valleys, glaciers, plateaus, tundra, prairie and a pocket desert! Altogether there are eight regional micro-climates, three of four continental climatic zones and 14 local biogeoclimatic zones! 
  22. North America's longest valley is the Rocky Mountain Trench, extending 1600 kms from BC's Northern border to Montana in the U.S. This valley ranges from 3 to 16 kms wide, and can be seen from outer space! This valley is the birthplace of BC's most important rivers, including the Peace, Columbia and the Prascriver.