Do you Canada conducts bathtub races and has a prepared UFO’s landing pod? This country produces more than 70% of all maple syrup in the world. In this post, we will tell you about 50 interesting facts about Canada.
Fact # 1
Canadians are famous for saying sorry all the time, even when the other person is clearly in the wrong. In fact, they apologize so much that an “Apology Act”, was passed in 2009. It allows saying sorry in court without being afraid that it’ll sound like admitting your guilt.
Fact # 2
Around 90% of Canada’s land area is unpopulated. Even though it’s larger than the US, only 11% of Americans live here.
Fact # 3
At 4,860 miles (7,820 km), the Trans-Canada Highway is almost the longest national highway in the world, beat only by Australia’s Highway 1.
Fact # 4
Also, when you travel along the Trans-Canada Highway and reach Quebec province, pay attention, and you may see the most cheerful town in the world: “Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!” Yep, just like that, with two “ha’s” and two exclamation marks! The town even has a Guinness World Record for “most exclamation marks in a town name”.
Fact # 5
It is not legal for polar bears in Canada to break into houses and steal food. You can laugh all you want, but there’s even a Polar Bear Jail in Churchill, Manitoba. Bear troublemakers stay there until they get relocated.
Fact # 6
Canada received its flag in 1965 and it became a separate country in 1867! So almost after 100 years, it received its flag.
Fact # 7
People in Nanaimo, British Columbia, are fans of a very exciting kind of sport. Since 1967, they’ve been organizing and participating in bathtub racing! These unusual competitions take place every year and involve bathtub boats and a lot of fun!
Fact # 8
Canadians created many superheroes, such as Wolverine and Superman.
Fact # 9
The most dramatic weather change happened in Canada on January 10, 1962. The temperature in Pincher Creek, one of the windiest places in the country, jumped from -2.2 to 71.6 degrees F (-19 to 22 degrees C) within a couple of hours!
Fact # 10
Canadians LOVE hockey. As they say, these people breathe, eat, and live hockey. However, Canada’s national sport is lacrosse!
Fact # 11
One area in the Hudson Bay region has less gravity than any other area on the earth Go there, jump higher and weigh less.
Fact # 12
One crater on Mars was named Gander, after a town in the Newfoundland and Labrador province of Canada, to honor its space research efforts.
Fact # 13
Do you know Santa Claus is Canadian? In 2012, Canada’s Immigration Minister announced this. So, maybe that’s why his famous outfit is made up of mostly 2 colors red and white, which are the national colors of Canada.
Fact # 14
Even though the Stanley Cup, which is the National Hockey League trophy, has its bodyguard, hockey champions still manage to put all kinds of things in it. I mean, they drink chocolate milk from the poor thing!
Fact # 15
In 1930, the hockey team of Canada played so well and were put straight through to the final game. They didn’t even have to take part in knockout rounds, and in the end, they won the gold!
Fact # 16
Canada’s territory occupies a whopping 3,85 million sq. miles (10,000 sq. km), which makes it the second-largest country in the world after Russia. For comparison, Canada is bigger than the whole European Union and 15 times larger than France, the biggest European country!
Fact # 17
Ottawa is the capital of Canada but is not the largest city in the country. It has a population of about 1 million people and it comes after Toronto. Toronto is the capital of the Ontario province. Almost 3 million people live in that city.
Fact # 18
Canada is officially the most educated country in the world, with 56% of its population having some kind of post-high-school education degree.
Fact # 19
In St. Paul, Alberta, they’ve built the first landing pad for UFOs. Well, I guess you can never be too prepared. The platform weighs more than 130 tons (118 tonnes) and contains a time capsule that has to be opened in 2067.
Fact # 20
In a 2018 Happiness Report, Canada was ranked #7. I mean, even despite all that cold?
Fact # 21
The number of Canadian lakes is mind-blowing. The country has more than 3 million lakes, which is more than the rest of the world combined!
Fact # 22
Besides, all these lakes contain 20% of all the fresh water on Earth!
Fact # 23
Okanagan Lake is supposedly the home of Ogopogo, a mythical creature similar to the one that’s said to dwell in Loch Ness, Scotland.
Fact # 24
Forests cover more than 40% of Canada’s land territory. But New Brunswick province is especially “forestry”. 85% of its territory is covered with trees! Walking in the forest without a compass doesn’t sound like fun anymore.
Fact # 25
Canada has the world’s longest coastline. If you decided to walk along the Canadian coast without stops, it would take you more than 4.5 years. No wonder, since you’ll have to cover about 151,000 miles (243,000 km)!
Fact # 26
In Quebec, they produce 77% of all the maple syrup in the world. And Canadians do love this sweet pancake topping. On the other hand, who doesn’t? By the way, rumor has it that somewhere in Canada, there’s a strategic maple syrup reserve!
Fact # 27
About 10% of Canadians are either vegetarians or vegans. It means 2.3 million people are vegetarians and 850,000 are vegans. Most of the people have age less than 35.
Fact # 28
The national animal of Canada is the beaver. By the way, it’s Canada’s largest and the world’s second-largest rodent!
Fact # 29
Ottawa (Canada capital), is the world’s coldest capitals.
Fact # 30
Canada is home to the biggest number of polar bears in the world. See for yourself: out of approximately 25,000 left on the planet, 15,000 live in the arctic regions of the country.
Fact # 31
Canada straddles not one or two but 6 time zones! They are Newfoundland Time Zone, Atlantic Time Zone, Eastern Time, Central Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone, and the Pacific Time Zone.
Fact # 32
The lowest temperature recorded in Canada was -81.4 degrees F (-63 degrees C)!
Fact # 33
Tap water in Canada is as good as bottled water. What’s more, some people are sure that it even tastes better.
Fact # 34
License plates in northwest Canada are shaped like a polar bear!
Fact # 35
By the way, there are so many bears in Canada that in some areas drivers leave their cars unlocked! Why? – you ask. In this way they can help people to escape from the bears by hiding inside a car.
Fact # 36
The largest mall in the US is the Mall of America. But did you know that its owners are Canadians?
Fact # 37
If you’re a fan of narwhals, go to Canada! There you can buy a coin with this “unicorn” whale. On the other hand, be ready to part with $300 since the coin is made of gold!
Fact # 38
Or, if you want to play big, you can buy a Canadian $1-million coin. No kidding! This largest coin on the market is made of 220 pounds (100 kg) of 99% pure gold. But hurry up! There are only 5 such coins in the world, and only 1 is for sale!
Fact # 39
Ever heard the word “loonie”? Yeah, well, in Canada, this is, in fact, a form of currency! Loonie, and Toonie as well. The loonie is a $1-dollar gold-colored coin, and the toonie is, as you might guess, s $2-dollar one.
Fact # 40
Canadians love their famous interjection “eh”. What’s more, it’s listed in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary as a real, valid word!
Fact # 41
The first British Columbians used fish instead of candles! Oolichan, aka candlefish, is so fatty that when you dry it and string on a wick, it’ll burn brightly.
Fact # 42
In Canadian McDonald’s, you can buy the McLobster, sold exclusively in this region.
Fact # 43
If your biggest fear is snakes, never visit the Narcisse Snake Dens in Manitoba. There are more snakes in that place than in any other part of the world. Thousands of red-sided garter snakes are concentrated in that relatively small area.
Fact # 44
In Saskatchewan, you don’t wear a hoodie, you put on a “bunny hug”! True.
Fact # 45
Every spring, the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador witnesses a stunning iceberg parade, when massive chunks of ice break off glaciers and make their way through “Iceberg Valley”, Entrepreneurs “harvest”; these mini icebergs to use them in the production of alcoholic drinks and skincare products.
Fact # 46
Wood Buffalo National Park, created in 1922 to protect the largest herd of roaming Wood Bison in the world, is larger than Switzerland.
Fact # 47
Poutine is one of the most liked dishes in Canada.
Fact # 48
Canadians love to eat macaroni and cheese than any other people in the world. You didn’t see that coming, did you? By the way, the Canadians have been crazy about this dish ever since 1845.
Fact # 49
Canadians are very friendly in nature. You most likely can’t find a rude Canadian even if you try really hard!
Fact # 50
Many Canadians speak French as their first language. And after Paris, Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking city on the earth.
Well, these are some interesting 50 facts about Canada. Pretty cool, eh? Say, have you heard any other curious facts about Canada? Let me know down in the comments!
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