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If you plan to visit Canada, you will surely be attracted by some vivid and amazing Canadian symbols which you have perhaps seen somewhere before. They all have a story behind them, and through them, you will be able to understand better Canadian people's values and culture.

KnowInsiders would like to introduce to you 9 of the most important Canadian iconic symbols!

1. The Canoe

The first image appeared in every corner of this beautiful country is "the canoe". Once a major form of transportation for the fur traders and early Canadian explorers, today the canoe is used for recreation or on camping trips.

You can canoe in almost every Canadian province and territory. Some hardcore adventurers own a canoe, but more practical for most is to just rent one from an outfitter.

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2. Hockey

It is hockey that brings millions of Canadians to their TVs set in winter, and hockey that gets parents up at the crack of dawn to get sons and daughters to the arena on time.

Visitors to Canada can enjoy hockey by catching NHL games in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, or Vancouver. Tickets will range widely in price and availability. Toronto Maple Leaf tickets will be the most expensive and the most difficult to get and Ottawa probably the best bet for availability and affordability

3. The Moose

This largest member of the deer family is found right across Canada in forested areas, especially near lakes. Those lucky enough to see a moose are amazed by their size: a mature bull stands as tall as a horse, weighs 600 kg (over 1,300 lbs) and has antlers that span up to 150 cm (5 ft).

4. The Loon

The sound of the loon has a special effect on Canadians. For the many of us who spent time around a lake in the summer at a cottage or camp, the stuttering, musical loon call brings us back to a peaceful, simpler time.

The common loon is the most prominent of five species and can be found right across Canada around lakes. It is also the official bird of Ontario.

05. The Mountie

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, more commonly known as Mounties, is Canada's national police force. The force is easily identifiable by their red jacked, navy jodhpurs, brown boots, and hat.

The RCMP provides federal policing service to all of Canada and policing services under contract to the three territories, eight provinces, more than 190 municipalities, 184 Aboriginal communities and three international airports. Ontario and Quebec - the country's most populous provinces - each have their own provincial police force.

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6. The Maple Leaf

The maple leaf is the national symbol of Canada and appears on the national flag. The maple leaf’s iconic place in Canada’s history stems from

Maple trees are found across the country and famously turn brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red in autumn.

As known they are, national symbols of Canada are the symbols that are used in Canada and abroad to represent the country and its people. Prominently, the use of the maple leaf as a Canadian symbol dates back to the early 18th century and is depicted on its current and previous flags, the penny, and on the coat of arms (or royal arms).

7. The Great Outdoors

As the second biggest country in the world but with a population not even in the top 30 of countries worldwide (Canada's population is just over 36 million as of 2016), Canada has a lot of wide-open space. More coastline than any other country, lakes, mountains and diverse geography all lure millions of tourists from around the world to Canada for an outdoor vacation.

8. Beer

The excellence of beer brewed in Canada and Canadians' rabid consumption of it is undeniable.

If you're a beer lover, be sure to try some local microbrews and craft beers, which are widely available at local pubs and restaurants.

Most beer brands - including, ironically, Canadian - are owned by foreign corporations. Moosehead is the largest Canadian-owned beer company

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9. The Beaver

The beaver was given official status as an emblem of Canada when “An Act to provide for the recognition of the Beaver (Castor canadensis) as a symbol of the sovereignty of Canada” received royal assent on March 24, 1975. However, the beaver was a part of the Canadian identity long before Parliament passed the National Symbol of Canada Act.

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