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

map of Canada

  • 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!
  • Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking city after Paris
  • Canada has six time zones
  • Nunavut takes 1/5 of Canada’s land area
  • 81% of the total population lives in cities
  • Canadians like to finish their sentences with the word “eh”
  • Canadians generate 640 kg of waste per year
  • Hockey is Canada’s national sport.
  • Canada’s literacy rate is over 99%
  • John Cabot was the first explorer who reached Canada in 1497.
  • Canada has 198 jails.
  • Jim Carrey, Celine Dion, Rachel Mc Adams, Justin Beaber, Michael Buble, and Ryan Gosling are Canadians.
  • Canada has 6 time zones.
  • 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
  • Canada has no weapons for mass destruction since 1984.
  • Canada is an Iroquoian language word, meaning “village”
  • The North American beaver is the national animal of Canada
  • The most popular pizza in Australia is the Hawaiian pizza and was invented in Canada
  • Canada’s national parks are free for kids
  • Canada consumes more cheese and macaroni than any other nation in the world

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