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14 More Loony Canadian laws

July 1, 2015

Believe it or not, these are real laws, still on the books in the Great White North. (Just like these.)

  • Weird Canadian LawsUnder the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act, it’s legal to bring a bottle of alcohol from one province to another only if you have permission from the second province’s liquor control board.
  • You can’t turn on a red light in Montreal.
  • Also illegal in Montreal: having a “for sale” sign in the window of a vehicle in motion.
  • Don’t set fire to a man’s wooden leg in Alberta: You could go to jail.
  • It’s against the law to carry a pet lizard on your shoulder in public in Fredericton, New Brunswick. So is wearing a snake around your neck.
  • You’ll be fined in Beaconsfield, Quebec if you’re caught using municipal drinking water to melt snow or ice on the ground.
  • Bicyclists in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, are required to carry a kerosene lantern at all times.
  • In Toronto, it’s against the law to release more than 10 helium balloons into the sky more than once in a 24-hour period.
  • It’s illegal in St. John’s, Newfoundland, to keep cows in your house…or drive cattle through the streets of the city after 8 a.m.
  • The building of mud huts with straw roofs is prohibited in Ponoka, Alberta.
  • If the grass in front of your home in London, Ontario, is taller than eight inches, the city will send someone to mow it. Then the city will send you the bill.
  • Painting a wooden ladder is illegal in Alberta.
  • An old 19th century frontier law from British Columbia requires a jailer to bring an incarcerated bankrupt drunk a bottle of beer, if he demands one.
  • You can get arrested in Quesnel, British Columbia for exercising in a way that upsets a horse…unless you get the horse’s permission first.

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Weird CanadaFor more weirdness (and more Canada) check out Uncle John’s Weird Canada. For a full list of our titles, visit this handy checklist.

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