Canadian Fun Facts

Did you know that…

  • 31% of Canada is taken up by forests
  • Basketball, while invented by a Canadian, was actually invented in the United States.
  • 20% of the world’s fresh water is in Canada – we have more lakes than the rest of the world combined!
  • Canada has the longest coastline in the world – 202,080 kilometers
  • 15,500 of the world’s 25,000 polar bears live in Canada
  • There are 2.4 million Canadian caribou
  • The world’s longest beaver dam was over 850 meters and found in Alberta
  • 77% of the world’s maple syrup is made in Quebec




  • The first known use of the word “Canuck” (referring to a Canadian) was in 1835
  • Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik Lake in Manitoba is the longest name of a place in Canada
  • 1/5 of all Canadians were born outside Canada
  • iMAX, the electric wheelchair and Trivial Pursuit are all Canadian inventions
  • Canada is the home of some of the world’s largest animals such as the moose and grizzly bear, but it’s also the home of 55,000 different species of insects
  • Lacrosse, not ice hockey, is Canada’s national sport
  • The maple leaf on a Canadian flag has 11 points
  • The lowest recorded temperature was -63 Celsius in Yukon on February 3rd, 1947
  • Nanaimo holds an annual Bathtub race – well worth a visit!


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