Need a Source? Top People, Places, Events, Symbols and Accomplishments That
Most Define Canada

TORONTO, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games are now in full swing. Canada plays host to the world. At a time when all eyes are on our country, The Historica-Dominion Institute reminds you on the definitive study on the top people, places, events, symbols and accomplishments that most define Canada.

The survey conducted by Ipsos Reid in 2008, called 101 Things Canadians Should Know about Canada, revealed that among all the people, places, events, accomplishments and symbols that are a part of defining Canada, the Maple Leaf is ranked number one. Following in second place on the overall list was hockey, while the Canadian flag was in third place. Rounding out the top ten were the beaver (4th), the Canadarm (5th), Canada Day (6th), Peacekeeping/Peacekeeping by Canadian Forces (7th), Pierre Elliott Trudeau (8th), Universal Health Care (9th), and Niagara Falls (10th).

For the full list of 101 things that most define Canada and complete poll results, visit

Find out what Canadians think defines our country, including:

    -   Symbols: the Maple Leaf (1), the Canadian Flag (3), the Beaver (4),
        Tim Horton's (58)

    -   Sports: Hockey (2), Wayne Gretzky (12), Curling (56), even the
        Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics (78)

    -   Places: The Rocky Mountains (11), Vancouver (49), Victoria (92)

The Historica-Dominion Institute is a national charitable organization that was launched on September 1, 2009 through the amalgamation of two existing organizations: The Historica Foundation of Canada and The Dominion Institute. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada. Some of its signature programs include: Encounters with Canada, The Memory Project, Passages to Canada and The Canadian Encyclopedia. You are invited to discover the Historica-Dominion Institute at

SOURCE Historica Canada

For further information: For further information: or to schedule an interview, please contact: Marc Chalifoux, Executive Vice-President, (416) 506-1867,

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