Here’s where you’ll find all of the resources & links from my fun facts and trivia books including videos, recipes, and additional interesting information.
So You Think You Know CANADA, Eh?
Videos, Links, & Recipes
Below you'll find all of the resources for all thinigs Canada found in the book.
Operation Yellow Ribbon Video
When flights were diverted or grounded during the 9/11 terrorist attack, Canada housed, fed, and sheltered more than 33,000 passengers from over 224 planes in what is now known as Operation Yellow Ribbon.
To learn more and to see one of the finest examples of the grace and generosity of the Canadian people, this video is worth watching.
Underwater Hockey Video
Underwater hockey is also called Octopush and is a globally played sport. Players use a small hockey stick to get a weighted puck into the opposing team’s goal all while swimming along the bottom of a pool.
Underwater Hockey was first introduced to Canada in Vancouver in 1962. The Canadian Underwater Games Association was created and Canada now has several national teams for not only underwater hockey, but underwater rugby.
This Olympic sport involves ice, round rocks sliding across the ice, sweeping, wearing two different shoes, and is the only sport where players shake hands at the beginning and the end of every game. This fun video shows a quick overview: https://youtu.be/WXHh_wadqPw
Hidden Canadian Passport Images Video
The newest Canadian passports have hidden symbols and graphics on the inside pages that only appear under black light.
Here’s a video showing what each page looks like with and without the blacklight.
Butter Tarts Recipe
Butter Tarts are considered a national treasure, especially in Ontario, where you can take a self-guided butter tart tour to over 50 bakeries at any time of the year.
This sweet dessert is traditionally made with butter, sugar, maple or corn syrup and egg and are baked in a small pastry shell until the filling is firm with a crunchy top.
There are many different recipes when it comes to butter tarts, but here is a favorite: https://www.littlesweetbaker.com/butter-tarts/
It’s called Nanaimo bars because it was invented from the city of Nanaimo in British Columbia on Vancouver Island.
The bottom layer is made of a coconut and graham crust, the middle is a soft, yellow custard, and topped with chocolate ganache.
If you wanted to give them a try without making the trip to Canada, here’s the recipe found on the city of Nanaimo’s website: https://www.nanaimo.ca/about-nanaimo/nanaimo-bars
Beaver Tail Recipe
A flattened out, hole-free, doughnut that resembles the tail of a beaver with a variety of toppings and fillings and is served hot. There are over 120 possible topping combos, but cinnamon and sugar is the original.
To make your own, try this tried-and-true recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/213590/theras-canadian-fried-dough/