02/24/2014 09:31 EST | Updated 02/24/2014 09:59 EST

25 Reasons Canada Wins At Life, Aside From Its Final Medal Count At Sochi

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TORONTO, ON- FEBRUARY 23 - Canadian fans celebrate the men's hockey Olympic gold medal by shutting down the intersection at Yonge-Dundas Square In Toronto. February 23, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Oh (Team) Canada.

You came, you saw, and you pretty much conquered at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. You loved and you lost, but you did the Great White North proud, placing third among the other 87 qualifying nations this year. Let's recap, now that the closing ceremonies are over: you brought home 10 gold, 10 silver and five bronze medals home to prove Canadians are winter.

Now, all eyes will be on you come 2016 in Rio de Janeiro during the Summer Games and once again in Pyeongchang, South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics. But why wait till then to celebrate what is clearly a country that produces awesome? You don't have to look far or hard for that matter to see why Canada pretty much wins at life.

  • There's A Reason We're Called The Great White North. It's Pretty Great.
  • And When It Isn't White, It's Lit Up With Pretty Colours
    It's the Aurora Borealis! Time to cue the "oohs" and "ahhs".
  • In The Realm Of Extraordinary Hotels, We're Pretty High Up There
    Lonely Planet
    Meet the Free Spirit Spheres, the Canadian hotel ranked number six on Lonely Planet's list of the "world's most extraordinary hotels".
  • We're Home To Some Magnificent Mayors (And That Not So Magnificent One Everyone Keeps Talking About)
  • Our Winters Tend To Suck. Our Winter Carnivals Do Not
    Flickr: Jamie In Bytown
  • Did Someone Order A Caesar?
    Mimosas have nothing on this cocktail.
  • This Guy
    How many commanders of the International Space Station can rock that kind of 'stach, play the guitar and also be involved in a top-secret mission about debuting new currency from space? Oh right, just Chris Hadfield.
  • Our West Coast Is Better Than Your Best Coast
    Marko Stravric/ 500 px
    Someone call Merriam-Webster because Chesterman Beach in B.C. just redefined "beautiful".
  • Our East Coast Is Pretty Charming Too
    Flickr: Paul Lowry
  • Starbucks Is Cool. But Does It Let Roll Up The Rim?
    More importantly, does it let you roll up the rim to win two times?
  • You've Got Islands? We've Got Them Too. 1000 Of Them.
    And that's just in Ontario.
  • We Take Pride In Our Parades
    Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, Saskatoon, Halifax, Vancouver, Montreal And Quebec City: 10 cities, 10 Pride parades.

    As marchers make their way down Yonge Street many watch from their windows in the Toronto Gay Pride Parade which attracts a million people who line the route in Toronto, June 30, 2013.
  • Our Sports Fans Don't Mess Around
    This is just during the regular season. Just wait till the Saskatchewan Roughriders make it to the Grey Cup finals.
  • When Life Gives You Sub-Zero Temperatures, We Get Naked
    Tom Linhares, in make-up as the Gene Simmons' 'Demon' persona from the band KISS, takes to the waters of Lake Ontario for the 29th anniversary of the Courage Polar Bear Dip for World Vision at Coronation Park in Oakville, Jan. 1, 2014.
  • Two Words: Cottage Country
    Tomi Zsebk/500px
  • Our Bears Are Unbearably Cute
    Huffington Post Canada
    Polar bears, panda bears, spirit bears, grizzly bears, Winnie the Pooh... just don't mess with them because they will kill you.
  • In Canada, Dogs Drive You!
    Flickr: virtualwayfarer
  • We're Home To The "French Fry Capital Of The World"
    Flickr: CMH2315FL
    Florenceville-Bristol, N.B. might not look like much, but it's actually home to a $65-million state-of-the art potato processing plant belonging to McCain Foods. The facility, plus the nearby Potato World museum, have made this city "The French Fry Capital of the World", according to Reader's Digest. It also might explain Canada's poutine craze.
  • Where Else Can You Do This?
    The Associated Press
    Fun fact: A trip around The CN Tower's Edgewalk means you've completed the highest external walk on a building — a Guinness Book Of Record!
  • Numerous Nice National Parks
    I'm sorry. Were you saying something, Banff National Park? I was too busy getting lost in your big, beautiful... everything.
  • Plenty Of Pretty Provincial Parks Too
    Looking good, Algonquin Provincial Park.
  • This Is The Closest Thing You'll Get To Jurassic Park
    Flickr: Travis S.
    Drumheller Alberta Dinosaur Provincial Park: like the movies, minus the velociraptors trying to kill you.
  • Home To The World's Highest Tides
    Remember, you can't spell Bay of Fundy without "fun".
  • We Go Where We Damn Well Please
    You know your passport is awesome when your biggest concern is that it'll fill up too quickly with stamps.
  • We Waste No Opportunity To Play A Little Shinny
  • Because Let's Face It: Hockey Is Pretty Much Our Life

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