Facts About Canada You Probably Didn’t Know

Updated on 15/01/21

General Facts About Canada

  • Canada is an Iroquoian language word, meaning “village”.
  • Basketball, while invented by a Canadian, was actually invented in the United States.
  • Canada has the longest coastline in the world – 202,080 kilometres.
  • 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.
  • IMAX, the electric wheelchair, and Trivial Pursuit are all Canadian inventions.
  • Lacrosse, also known as 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.
  • Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking city after Paris.
  • Nanaimo holds an annual Bathtub race – well worth a visit!
  • Canada has six time zones.

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  • Nunavut takes 1/5 of Canada’s land area.
  • Canada’s literacy rate is over 99%.
  • John Cabot was the first explorer who reached Canada in 1497.
  • Jim Carrey, Celine Dion, Rachel Mc Adams, Justin Beaber, Michael Buble, and Ryan Gosling are Canadians.
  • Canada’s 2020 population is estimated at 37,742,154 people.
  • The age for marriage for men is 29 years and 27,4 years for women.
  • The most popular pizza in Australia is the Hawaiian pizza and was invented in Canada.
  • Canada consumes more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world.
  • There are around 2800 hockey rinks in Canada.
  • The longest national highway in the world is the Trans-Canada Highway.
  • Canada is the world leader in uranium mining. At Cigar Lake in northern Saskatchewan is located the largest uranium mine in the world.
  • If you write a letter in any language and send it to the North Pole, HOHOHO, you must receive an answer from Santa Claus. We are not sure about this but you can try it and let us know.
  • Superman and other popular superheroes were conceived by Canadian minds.
  • In 1962, in Pincher Creek, Alberta the temperature went from -19C to -22C in an hour! If you don’t believe us, you can check it out.
  • On February 3, 1957, in Snag, Yukon was recorded the coldest temperature ever in Canada -63C.
  • In 1775 and 1812 Canada was invaded by Americans.
  • 81% of the total population lives in cities.
  • The average life expectancy in Canada is the sixth highest in the world – 81.16 years.

Facts About Canadians

  • 1/5 of all Canadians were born outside Canada.
  • Canadians like to finish their sentences with the word “eh”.
  • 81% of the total population of Canada lives in the cities.
  • Almost all Canadians can read and write, the literacy level is 99%.
  • For Canadians, the most popular countries to travel are the USA, Cuba and Mexico.
  • The most popular last name in Canada is “Smith”.
  • The average Canadian watches more than 21 hours of television per week. More than 128,000 Canadian households have TV’s even in the bathroom.

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Canadian Nature And Wildlife Facts

  1. The North American beaver is the national animal of Canada.
  2. 31% of Canada is taken up by forests.
  3. 20% of the world’s freshwater is in Canada – we have more lakes than the rest of the world combined!
  4. 15,500 of the world’s 25,000 polar bears live in Canada.
  5. There are 2.4 million Canadian caribou.
  6. The world’s longest beaver dam was over 850 meters and found in Alberta.
  7. Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik Lake in Manitoba is the longest name of a place in Canada.
  8. 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.
  9. Canada’s national parks are FREE for kids.
  10. The rivers in Canada discharge 7% of the world’s renewable water supply.
  11. The longest river in Canada is the MacKenzie River – 4241 kilometres.
  12. Canada has 563 lakes (more than any other country). Around 9% of Canada’s total area is covered by freshwater.
  13. About 2% of Canada (200,000 km2) is covered by icefields and glaciers.
  14. Three Canadian islands are among the top ten biggest islands in the world – Victoria Island, Baffin Islands and Ellesmere Island.
  15. Mount Logan is the highest mountain in Canada – 5959 metres.

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