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6) You would go to Mount Logan, located in the Saint Elias Mountain range in the Yukon Territory. At 5,959 metres (19.545 feet), Mount Logan stands taller than any of Canada's arching domes. And if big mountains are your thing, the Saint Elias Mountains are not a bad place to spend some time; the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and yes, eighth highest mountains in Canada are all located in this non-volcanic range.

7) It's a close call, but when you count up the numbers the state of California beats the country of Canada by roughly three million people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 36,756,666 people called California home in 2008. Meanwhile, above the 49 th parallel, the latest and greatest data from Stats Canada pegs Canada's entire population at only 33,504,680.

8) Bountiful has been in the media a lot recently. All of the 800 to 1,000 people living there are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a religion that supports polygamy. Over the past five years several of Bountiful's members have been charged with polygamy and sexual abuse. In 2005, the RCMP began a full-scale investigation into these allegations, and officially laid charges on two of the community's leaders this January.

9) Stephen Joseph Harper lives at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, Ontario. Almost every prime minister sine Louis St. Laurent have called this chateau, built in 1868, home, and our 22 nd prime minister is no exception.

10) About 72 per cent of Canadians live near the 49 th parallel. The border is officially known as the International Boundary and is the world's largest common border between two nations. Including the coastal portion between Canada and Alaska, the divide spans 8,890 kilometres (5,524 miles.)

Canadian Politics - Sometimes a blood sport.

1) No one said you couldn't be a lush and a Prime Minister at the same time. There was once a Father of Confederation who showed up at an election debate and vomited at the Speaker's Forum. His opponent said, "Is this the man you want running your country? A drunk!" This Father of Confederation replied, "I get suck not because of drink, but because I am forced to listen to the ranting of my honourable opponent." Which Father of Confederation famously said this?