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17 Towns In Canada You Won't Believe Actually Exist

Well, of course they actually exist. But what an existence, eh?

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1. There is a town named Redditt in Ontario, where, until 1985, its main street was called Highway 666, and later renamed because a church was located at the end of the street.

The church later demanded the street be renumbered so that it was not sitting on the "Highway To Hell." It has since been changed to Highway 658. H/T Reddit, of course.

2. Kitsault is a town in British Columbia that was abandoned nearly overnight in 1983. The buildings and parks still stand, and the power is still on.

The ghost town was eventually bought in 2008 by an American entrepreneur who plans to restore it back to a livable state.

3. The Saskatchewan town of Tisdale had been hailing itself as the "land of rape and honey" for six decades before recently changing the slogan.

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The “rape” in the slogan refers to rapeseed, from which canola is derived, and what was once a bountiful crop.


10. The Canada-U.S. border runs through the town of Stanstead, Quebec, and you actually need a passport to cross this line.

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13. Churchill, Manitoba is known for the world's first and only polar bear prison — yes, it's a prison with polar bear inmates who've been very bad.

The idea is to hold and penalize the polar bears who wander into town so they learn not to come back.

16. The town of Fermont in Quebec has built an entire community inside of a wall expanding 1.3 kilometres long and 50 metres tall to protect its citizens from harsh wintry wind.

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Citizens are encouraged to stay inside during the winter months, which can last upwards of 7 months, so the wall of buildings contain a town hall, pool, shopping centre, police department, bowling alley, hotel, fully-equipped hospital, and a public school. A third of its residents live inside this wall.