Test your knowledge of Canada travel with these 25 questions.
It’s that season: the yule log is crackling in the fireplace (or glowing on your TV screen), parties are in full swing, the icewine is chilling and the food is so good and so plentiful you’re already planning your new-year health regime.
So why not take a break and exercise the ol’ grey matter with the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) holiday-season quiz. You may think you know the ins and outs of Canada travel; now’s the time to put that to the test.
The quiz is only open to residents of Canada (sorry folks, them’s the rules). The prize? A $150 gift card from Hudson’s Bay Company; you could show your Canadian pride by using it to buy some of the snappy new Olympic apparel either in store or online at theBay.com. Send your answers to ctcnews [at] ctc-cct [dot] ca (after carefully reading the terms and conditions, of course, by 11.59 pm PST on Friday, January 3. We’ll do a draw to select the winner from all entries with a full slate of correct answers. Remember to include your name, address and phone number with your entry. No purchase is necessary to enter; just right answers.
It’s all about the experience
1) What is Cain’s Quest?
2) The Montréal International Jazz Festival is the biggest in the world. True or false?
3) North America’s largest historical reconstruction was home to a 300th anniversary this year. Its name?
4) Which Canadian legislative building offers a tour of its occult and masonic architecture?
5) Where is the world’s largest active sand dune?
Eat, drink and be merry (in Canada)
6) In 1994, which Canadian winery won “Best Chardonnay in the World” at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London?
7) What is the only indigenous spice to Canada?
8) In Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and other Atlantic provinces, bologna in your lunch bag used to be a sign of wealth. True or false?
9) Two of enRoute’s top 10 new restaurants in Canada are in CTC headquarters’ home city, Vancouver, BC. Name them.
10) In Nunavut, arctic char is a fire that won’t light. True or false?
Experience winter fun
Multiple-choice time: can you correctly identify each of the five locations in the images in the gallery?
A) Québec Winter Carnival, Québec City
B) Glogg Station, Saskatoon
C) Igloofest, Montréal
D) Trappers Festival, The Pas
A) Beaufort Sea, Nunavut
B) Bow Lake, Icefields Parkway
C) Howe Sound, British Columbia
D) Nachvak Fjord, Newfoundland and Labrador
A) Diefenbaker Lake, Saskatchewan
B) Puvirnituq Snow Festival, northern Quebec
C) Ice Road, Northwest Territories
D) Beaver Tail Jamboree, Fort Simpson, NWT
A) Winterlude, Ottawa
B) World Pond Hockey Championships, Plaster Rock
C) Assiniboine River, Winnipeg
D) Vernon Winter Carnival, Vernon
A) Peak2Peak Gondola, Whistler
B) Halifax to Dartmouth Gondola
C) Aerial sightseeing tour around Parliament Hill, Ottawa
D) Northwest Passage Express, Beechy Island
Canada means business
16) TED recently announced it was bringing its 2014 and 2015 conferences to Vancouver, BC. Which city hosted it previously?
17) Which Vancouver venue housed the world’s press during the 2010 Olympic Winter Olympic Games?
18) What is Canada’s most popular/requested activity for incentive programs?
19) Where in Canada would you find the country’s biggest convention centre?
20) What is the name of the CTC division charged with soliciting meetings, conventions and incentive travel?
The numbers game
21) In 2012, China surpassed which country to become Canada’s third-largest inbound overseas tourism market in terms of visitor spending?
22) Which CTC overseas market had the highest proportion of visitors to Canada aged 24 and under in 2012?
23) Summer is the busiest travel season in Canada. What proportion of all international visitors arrive in the three months of July, August and September?
24) Some travellers explore more of Canada than others during their visits. Of CTC’s international markets, overnight visitors from which country visited the most provinces during their stay in 2012?
25) In 2012, the number of visitors from this country frequenting bars and night clubs during their trip to Canada surged 37%. Who recently discovered Canada’s nightlife?
That completes the 25 questions. Good luck with your answers!