OH Canadaaaa. Everywhere I go, people jokingly (only half jokingly) say that Canadians and Americans are all the same. Well they aren’t… Just watch the South Park movie – ”Blame Canada! They’re not even a real country anyway.” HA! OK I joke, but just to clear the air, here is-
35 Interesting Facts About Canada
1. At 3,855,103 square miles, Canada is the second largest country in the world, behind Russia.
2. Its population density is 8.6 people per square mile, making Canada the ninth-most sparsely populated nation in the world.
3. Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world at 151,600 miles.
4. A black bear cub from Canada named Winnipeg (or “Winnie,” for short) was one of the most popular attractions at the London Zoo after it was donated to the zoo in 1915. Winnie became a favorite of Christopher Robin Milne and inspired the stories written by his father, A.A. Milne, about Winnie-the-Pooh.
5. The Moosehead Brewery in Saint John, New Brunswick, turns out 1,642 bottles of beer per minute.
6. If you visit Dawson City, Yukon, you can join the “Sourtoe Cocktail Club” — all you have to do is finish a drink (of anything!) with a real human toe in the bottom. The club’s motto says, “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow — but the lips have gotta touch the toe.”
7. Cryptozoologists claim that Canada is the home of several cryptids, including Sasquatch, a giant sloth-like creature known as the beaver-eater, a cannibalistic wildman named Windigo, and a number of lake monsters, such as Ogopogo in Lake Okanagan, British Columbia.
8. The natives of eastern Canada tell several stories of a mythical giant named Glooscap, who carved out many of the region’s natural features to help him overcome his evil twin brothers. It is believed that these Glooscap stories might be the origin of many of the Paul Bunyan legends.
9. The Narcisse Snake Dens in Manitoba have more snakes in a concentrated area than anywhere else in the world. Tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes gather there every year. On the other hand, there are no snakes on the island of Newfoundland.
10. Manitou Lake on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron is the world’s largest lake within a lake (41.1 square miles).
11. Great Bear lake is the largest lake in Canada with an area of 31 326 km2
12. Between 1984 and 2008, it was illegal to sell pop in cans in PEI. All carbonated drinks had to be purchased in refillable glass bottles. PEI was the only place in North America to have a “can ban.”
13. Canada’s groundhog (Wiarton Willie) is an albino groundhog from Wiarton, Ontario.
14. The West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, was once the world’s largest shopping mall. It now ranks fifth, but it still contains the world’s largest indoor amusement park.
15. The border between Canada and the United States is officially known as the International Boundary. At 5,525 miles, including 1,538 miles between Canada and Alaska, it is the world’s longest border between two nations.
16. Kanata is the St. Lawrence-Iroquoian word for “village” or “settlement.”
17. The Canadian motto, A Mari Usque ad Mare, means “From sea to sea.”
18. Its population density is 8.6 people per square mile, making Canada the ninth-most sparsely populated nation in the world. Housing is affordable in most cities, even in the capital, Ottawa. There are realty companies that have online searches so if you’re interested in moving to the capital and looking for Ottawa real estate you should easily be able to research prices.
19. The largest non-polar ice field in the world can be found in the St. Elias Mountains, Yukon Territory. It covers an area of 40 570 square kilometers of which 16,900 square kilometers are located in Canada, the remainder being in Alaska.
20. Canada officially got its own national flag on February 15, 1965 — almost 100 years after it became a country (in 1867).
21. The east coast of Canada was settled by Vikings around the year A.D. 1000. Archaeological evidence of a settlement has been found at L’anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland.
22. In 1642, a group of religious mystics from France were inspired by a vision to build a missionary city in the Canadian wilderness. Led by Paul deChomedeydeMaisonneuve and an Ursuline nun name Jeanne Mance, they founded Montreal.
23. Canada’s capital, Ottawa, has the coldest average temperature of any capital city in the world.
24.Canada has its own mysterious lake creature, Ogopogo, who reportedly lives in Lake Okanagan, British Columbia.
25. The longest highway in the world is the Trans-Canada Highway which is over 7604 kilometers (4725 miles) in length.
26. Canadians consume more macaroni and cheese than any other country in the world.
27. There haven’t been any mail deliveries on Saturdays in the last 35 years.
28. In 1962, Pincher Creek, Alberta experienced the fastest, biggest temperature change ever recorded in Canada as a result of a Chinook (a warm, dry wind that comes off the Rocky Mountains). The temperature rose from -19C to 22C in just one hour!
29. Hockey and lacrosse are the national sports.
30. The world’s most northerly sand dunes are in Athabasca Provincial Park in northwest Saskatchewan. They are 30 meters high
31. British Columbian pioneers made use of the oolichan, also called candlefish, at nighttime. The small fish is so fatty that it can be dried, strung on a wick and burned like a candle!
32. Canada’s official languages may be French and English, but our geese have their own language: scientists believe that Canada geese have as many as 13 different calls for everything from greetings and warnings to happiness.
33. Leading exports are: automobile vehicles and parts, machinery and equipment, high technology products, oil, natural gas, metals and forest farm products.
34. The highest tides in the world occur in the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick.
35. The average life expectancy at birth for a Canadian is 81.16 years, the eighth highest in the world. The United States ranks 46th, at 78.14 years.
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