Known to be the home of the kindest people in the world, Canada is definitely not a country to miss visiting in North America. As one of the largest countries in the world, Canada has a wide variety of landscapes that can be explored. From snowy mountains to roaring waterfalls and wonderful lakes, you will never run out of sites to see. Not only is Canada diverse in landscapes, but also in people, as it is the country with the most foreign-born citizens. Fortunately, this means that all foreigners are more than welcome and it allows for an interesting fusion of cultures and cuisines within the country.
Important and Interesting Facts About Canada
- Canada is also home to the longest street in the world. Yonge Street in Ontario starts at Lake Ontario, and runs north through Ontario to the Minnesota border, a distance of almost 2000 kilometers.
- Canada has the world’s longest coastline at 202 080 km.
- In Canada, Toronto’s Rogers Centre (formerly known as the SkyDome) is home to the largest Sony big screen in the world, measuring 10 m x 33.6 m.
- The Blackberry Smartphone was developed in Ontario, Canada at Research In Motion’s Waterloo offices.
- Montreal, Canada is home to many beautiful churches and is often called The City of Saints or City of a hundred bell towers
- The Hotel de Glace in Quebec, Canada is built every year using 400 tons of ice and 12 000 tons of snow. Every summer it melts away and every winter it is rebuilt.
- Canada’s only desert in British Columbia is only 15 miles long and is the only desert in the world with a long boardwalk for visitors to walk on.
- 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.
- The northernmost permanent settlement in the world is Alert, Nunavut. While the settlement itself is permanent, the personnel is entirely rotating. The settlement was named for the HMS Alert, and is home to a number of different operations, including a radio receiving facility for the Canadian Forces, an Environment Canada weather station, the Global Atmosphere Watch atmosphere monitoring laboratory, and the Alert Airport.
- Niagara Falls is composed of three separate waterfalls, of which only the largest (Horseshoe Falls) is located in Canada. The Falls are a breathtaking natural attraction, bringing in throngs of tourists. Most are content to snap a few pictures, or maybe take a ride on the Maid of the Mist.
- The West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada was once the world’s largest shopping mall. It now ranks fifth, but it still contains the world’s largest indoor amusement park.
Cool, Funny, and Fun Facts About Canada
- At 9 984 670 sq km and comprised of 6 time zones, Canada is huge!
- The Big Nickel in Sudbury, Ontario is the world’s largest coin. It is a huge reproduction of a 1951 Canadian nickel and measures 9 meters in diameter.
- Canada holds the record for the most gold medals ever won at the Winter Olympics, since taking 14 Golds at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
- Canada basically got its name by mistake. When Jaques Cartier, a French explorer, came to the new world, he met with local Natives who invited them to their ‘kanata’ (the word for ‘village’. The party mistakenly thought the name of the country was “Kanata” or Canada.
- British Columbian pioneers made use of theoolichan, 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!
- Canadian James Naismith invented basketball to give his physical education students at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, an indoor team sport to play during the long winters.
- 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.”
- Canadians have made many important inventions, including Kerosene, the electron microscope, the electronic organ, insulin, the IMAX film system, the snowmobile, and the electric cooking range.
- Canada has made a significant contribution to rock and roll, beginning with “Sh-Boom” by the Crew-Cuts in 1954.iOther famous Canadian rock-and-rollers include Paul Anka, Neil Young, the Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Steppenwolf, Avril Lavigne, Rush, Bryan Adams, and Barenaked Ladies.
- Manitou Lake on Manitoulin Island f Canada in Lake Huron is the world’s largest lake within a lake (41.1 square miles).
- The world’s strongest current is found in the Nakwakto Rapids at Slingsby Channel, British Columbia, Canada. The current has been measured at speeds up to 18.4 miles per hour.
- The Moosehead Brewery in Saint John, New Brunswick, turns out 1,642 bottles of beer per minute.
Historical and Cultural Facts About Canada
- A bear cub named Winnipeg was exported from Canada to the London Zoo in 1915. A little boy named Christopher Robin Milne loved to visit Winnipeg (or Winnie for short) and his love for the bear cub inspired the stories written by his father, A.A. Milne, about Winnie-the-Pooh.
- Canada has twice been invaded by the USA, first in 1775 and then 1812.
- Charles Fenerty, a poet from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was the first person to use wood fibers to make paper. He started experimenting in 1839 and produced paper from wood pulp in 1841.
- 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 auxMeadows, Newfoundland.
- Newfoundland was the first part of Canada to be explored by Europeans. Ironically, it was the last area to become a province, in 1949.
- While ice hockey is Canada’s most prevalent sport, lacrosse is the country’s official sport.hThe modern game of ice hockey was developed in Canada, based on games that have been played since the tenth century.c The rules were first published in theMontreal Gazette in 1877.
- 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.
- 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.
- The sport of lacrosse originated in Canada. It was originally played by indigenous tribesmen, and has evolved into four different types of lacrosse games, including men’s and women’s field lacrosse, box lacrosse and intercrosse. It is believed that the history of the game dates back to 1100 AD. Traditional Canadian lacrosse teams had as many as 1,000 players! Games could be played on fields which were as long as 3 kilometers.
- Along the eastern coast of Canada (and in a few select New England locations), an even more exotic sandwich makes the seasonal rounds: the McLobster. Available only in the summer when lobster is plentiful, the McLobster actually sounds quite appealing. Served on a soft roll, it is made with lobster, diced celery and a light salad dressing.