You can set your scoffing aside and forget the stereotype that Canadians are polite to a fault and will do anything to please other people. Or, if you prefer, you can take it up with the pilots of their Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclones, just some of the deadly planes in their arsenal.
Canada’s welcoming reputation belies centuries of armed conflict with its immediate neighbors and with foreign powers around the world. On land and sea, and in the air, Canada was a major participant in both of the World Wars and helped to turn the tide of battle against German aggressors. Do you know the name of any famous battles featuring mostly Canadian troops?
This country – the second-largest in the world – has tens of thousands of miles of shoreline to defend. Not only has Canada repelled multiple invasions, it’s had to quell internal rebellions, too – and we aren’t talking about rampaging rabid moose.
As with any large, long-established country, Canada has had its share of complicated political situations. And believe it or not, these friendly folks sometimes respond to threats by building massive tank divisions and other technologically-advanced machines of war.
So step into the Canadian Rockies if you dare. Do your best to ace our Canadian military history quiz, and if you fail, perhaps you’ll wander the northern wilderness forever.