The first of July is a special time of year for Canadians, as it marks the politely joyous occasion of Canada Day.

The holiday is essentially a less nationalistic version of American Independence Day (with a slightly higher alcohol percentage), and it brings Canucks from across the country together in celebration of the glorious and free land they call home.

But if you're only picturing a series of Canadian stereotypes, perhaps playing shinny while shotgunning two-fours, you are only actually half-right.\

Canada is vast and contains multitudes, and in order to highlight its lesser known history The WorldPost presents a round up of some facts that may change the way you look at the Great White North.

1. Canada had a plan to invade America

Defence Scheme No. 1 was cooked up in 1921 as the branchild of ...