30 Things Canadians should know about Canada

Jun 21, 2010 at 7:43 a.m. ET

Canada's a great place to live. In fact, according to a recent Quality of Life Index survey, the country is one of the top 10 places to live in the world. So what do you know about the truth north strong and free? In no particular order, here are 30 things you should know about Canada, courtesy of the Dominion Institute's "101 Things Canadians Should Know About Canada."

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30. Maple Leaf
It's widely recognized as the national symbol of the country.
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CN Tower29. Hockey
It's the country's national pastime. The country's home to hockey greats such as Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby.
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28. CN Tower
Towering over the Toronto skyline and once the tallest freestanding structure in the world, it features a restaurant with a scary glass floor.
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27. Peacekeeping
Developed by former Prime Minster Lester B. Pearson in the 50s, this anti-fighting act has become one of the foundations of United Nations diplomacy and is one of the ways international organizations seek to create peace around the world.
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26. Hudson Bay

Not only does this refer to a large body of water that Canadian explorers discovered and mapped out in the 1600s, it's also the name of the country's oldest and largest department store chain.
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25. Loonie
The Canadian one-dollar coin bears the image of a common loon, a well-known and distinctive-sounding Canadian bird.
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Calgary Stampede24. Tommy Douglas
Named "Greatest Canadian" in a nationally televised CBC contest, Douglas developed our current (and globally admired) universal healthcare system.
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23. Universal Health Care
The country's publicly funded health care system ensures each Canadian receives equal access to medicine and medical procedures.
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22. Calgary Stampede
One of Canada's largest and most popular events, dubbed "The Greatest Show on Earth," the Stampede explores the country's Wild West roots.
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21. Terry Fox
He's an enduring Canadian humanitarian who embarked on a Canada-wide run -- the Marathon of Hope -- to raise money for cancer. His legacy lives on with the Terry Fox Run every autumn.
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20. Tim Hortons
Who needs Starbucks when you have this great Canadian coffee chain (and creator of the Timbit)?
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Parliament Hill19. Celine Dion
One of Canada's most famous musical exports, Dion was born in Québec to a poor family and worked her way up to become one of the world's best known singers.
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18. Parliament Hill
Canada's house of politics (where all of the big decisions are made)
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17. Michaëlle Jean
The country's current Governor General (and yes, she's a woman, thank you very much!)
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16. Governor General
As part of the Commonwealth, this person is Canada's representative to the Canadian Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
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