Want to know some facts about Canada? Being Canadian, we know a thing or two about our country, so we thought we’d share some interesting facts about our country that you may not know. So get out your notebook and get ready to have your mind blown as you learn these Canada facts right now!
Facts about Canada
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If you are going to travel to Canada, it is a good idea to get to know a few of these facts about Canada to help you understand our country a bit better.
Strange Facts About Canada
1. Canada is the number 1 donut consumer in the world. We only have 30-million people in Canada, but we eat 1-billion donuts annually. We can thank Tim Horton’s for this title. It is Canada’s most popular coffee and donut chain.
2. In Dawson City Yukon, there is a cocktail where people drink whiskey with a human toe inside. It is called the Sour Toe Cocktail. People donate toes that have fallen off due to frostbite or other means. There is a $2500 fine if you swallow the toe. When people accidentally swallow the toe good samaritans donate newly severed toe to drink.
3. Get Skreeched In Newfoundland – In Newfoundland, there is a tradition of kissing a dead cod followed by a shot of rum known as Skreech. When you visit the province, enjoy Newfoundland hospitality at the bar and be sure to Kiss the Cod!
Interesting Facts About Canada
4. In Churchill Manitoba Nobody Locks Their Doors – In the far north town of Churchill, Manitoba nobody locks their doors to their house or cars in case of a polar bear attack. Churchill is located in the center of Polar Bear Alley and polar bears walk freely through the town. They have learned to live with the mighty polar bear.
5. Canada is confused – Being part of the British Commonwealth, Canada is influenced by Britain, but with the United States as our neighbor we are a bit confused. So we are influenced by both. Canada is on the metric system but not fully. Most people understand a lot of the imperial system and we tend to mix both systems up a lot between measurement and weight.
- Canadians follow speed limits and measure length in metres, but we measure our height in feet.
- We check the temperature outside in Celcius, but we cook in Fahrenheit.
- We weigh and buy our food by the kilogram but we weigh ourselves in pounds.
6. Canada uses the British English system – Canada spells like the English, meaning we spell things like Color with a “u” Colour, and our “theaters and meters” are spelled “re” – theatre, metre. But we have also adopted American spelling as well. So we are still confused.
Funny Facts About Canada
7. Canadians Puts Milk in Bags – Here’s a very unique fact about Canada. Yes, we really do put milk in bags. We personally don’t drink a lot of milk ourselves, but I just recently went over to a friend’s house and she still has her bagged milk in a milk container. This was the norm while growing up and 75% of Canadians still drink their milk out of a bag. I even see bagged milk at Costco!
8. Canada is at War (Sort of) – Canada has an ongoing dispute with Denmark and it’s serious. We’ve been fighting over an island in the Arctic since the 1930s with Denmark. The two countries battle it out by leaving a bottle of Canadian rye whiskey or on the Danish side, leaving a bottle of Danish schnapps to stake their claim.
9. Canada seems to like Weird Town Names – Canada seems to like weird names for towns and cities and a trip around the country will prove it to be true.On the east coast, there is a town called Dildo and in the West, there is a place called Sexsmith in Alberta and Stoner in British Columbia. To see our full list of weird towns in Canada read 14 Funny City Names in Canada – Plus 6 Strange and Odd Towns
10. Canadians Really do Say I’m Sorry – Canadians really do Apologize a lot. We really do say I’m sorry or sorry often. If you visit Canada for an extended period of time, chances are you’ll be going home apologizing too.
Funny Facts about Canada Laws
11. Apology Act it’s the Law – In fact Canadians apologize so much, Canada passed the apology act meaning, you express sympathy or regret. It does not, in law, constitute an express or implied admission of fault or liability by the person in connection with that matter. But it doesn’t mean an expression of sympathy or regret.
12. It is illegal to kill a Sasquatch in British Columbia – Yes, Bigfoot is legally protected in Canada
13. Smelling bad is illegal in Canada – Anyone offending a public place with an offending smell could face 2 years in jail.
14. Comic books depicting a crime are illegal – This is a funny fact since we have a few ties with very popular comic books that fight crime. Wolverine is Canadian and Superman was invented in by a Canuck.
15. Prostitution is legal in Canada – This is a weird fact because while prostitution is legal in Canada, buying a prostitute’s services is illegal. (now that’s confusing)
16. Cannabis is legal in Canada. This is a not so surprising fact about Canada. Most of our American neighbours tend to think we are all tree-hugging, pot smoking hosers up here. (and we’re good with that!)
17. The drinking age is younger than the United States – in Canada is 19 years old in most provinces and 18 years old in Quebec, Alberta, and Manitoba
18. Great Maple Syrup Heist – In 2012 the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist was national news when someone stole 3000 tons of maple syrup in Quebec valued at $18 million dollars. It sounds funny, but Maple Syrup is big business. Canada produces 80% of the world’s maple syrup.
Canada Facts and Information
19. The population of Canada is 37.06 Million people. While it is the second-largest country in the world with a total land area of 2 million square km. But much of the land is uninhabited and Canada has the fourth lowest population density on earth with 3.7 people per square km. (for reference the United States has approximately 35 people per square km.)
20. Most people in Canada live within 200km from the border of the United States. And most of the population lives in urban centres like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. (Top for cities by population in Canada)
21. The Canadian average life expectancy is 81 years old – Not bad eh?
22. Canada Has 2 Official Languages – Canada has two official languages – The province of Quebec is the main French-speaking province, but New Brunswick also has a large Francophone population too. The rest of Canada speaks English, but French is taught in schools and signs in the country are bilingual.
23. But not everyone speaks French – Contrary to popular belief, most Canadians are not bilingual. The country is quite separated when it comes to the French speaking and English speaking regions. But we love the fact that we are considered bilingual and pretend we can speak it wherever we go!
24. Maple Leaf is the Symbol of Canada – The maple leaf is definitely identified with our country. The Maple Leaf is prominent on our Canadian Flag, our most notoriously losing hockey team is called the Maple Leafs, the maple leaf is on our penny, and many Canadians used to sew the Maple Leaf on their backpacks.
Canadian Government Fast Facts
25. Canada’s Prime Minister is Justin Trudeau. Right now he is in the middle of his second term and is the head of a minority government. Canada works on a Parliamentary System that has been inherited from England.
26. We have five official parties represented in the federal government. Trudeau is part of the Liberal Party currently in power, with the Conservative Party as the official opposition. The New Democtratic Party (NDP), Bloc Québécois and Green Party make up the rest of the government.
27. Canada’s Official Phone Number – 1-800-O-CANADA
Interesting Facts About Canadian Geography
28. Canada is the Second Largest Country in the World – with a total area of 9.985 million km² (6.204 million miles²) it is huge!
29. Canada is located in the northern hemisphere and is part of North America. It is north of the United States and East of Russia with Alaska bordering us to Northwest.
30. Canada has Provinces not States – In fact, Canada has 10 provinces and 3 Territories. The Provinces of Canada are – British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. While the Canadian Territories are Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.
31. Canada’s Capital City is Ottawa – Ottawa is the Capital City of Canada. It is located directly on the Ontario Quebec border on the Ottawa River. The Ottawa River is one of the premier places in the world for whitewater rafting.
32. Toronto is not Canada’s Capital City – Canada’s Largest City is Toronto is with a population of 6.97 million people – People often mistake Toronto as the capital city of Canada. And most Canadians think that Torontonians think they are the centre of the universe. We don’t – really!
33. Canada has the highest tides in the world – The Bay of Fundy. houses the world’s highest tides. Located between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, this body of water moves 100 billion tons of water through its tides twice daily.
34. Canada has the Largest Freshwater Island in the World – Manitoulin Island in Ontario, is the largest fresh freshwater island in the world. It is an amazing place to visit. Located in Georgian Bay of Lake Huron, it is filled with hiking and cultural experiences. The Great Spirit Circle Trails allows people to immerse in Indigenous culture.
35. Canada has Big Islands – And another three of the largest islands in the world are located within Canada – Baffin Island, Victoria Island, and Ellesmere Island.
Surprising Facts About Canada
36. Canada has the only walled city north of Mexico – Speaking of Quebec, Did you know that Quebec City is the only walled city north of Mexico? Quebec is one of the oldest city’s in North America dating back to 1608 when it was founded by Samuel de Champlain. These two attributes helped make Quebec a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- In Fact, Quebec City and Lunenburg are the only two urban centres in North America with UNESCO World Heritage Site designations.
37. Canada is the Polar Bear Capital of the World – We’ve seen personally seen several polar pears in real life. In fact, Canada is considered the polar bear Capital of the world. If you want to see a polar bear in real life, the best place to visit is Churchill. Read our Walking with Polar Bears Safari.
38. Canada’s Money is Vision Impaired Friendly – Canadian Bank Notes have brail on them for the blind. (I thought everyone had braille on money, but only a few other countries do.)
39. Canada is the Most Educated Country in the World. I feel really proud of this Canada fact. More than 50% of the population has a post-secondary education. Plus, Canada has a 99% literacy rate. Not bad eh?
40. The national animal of Canada is the Beaver – The Beaver became the national symbol of Canada in 1975. It seems like a strange choice, but the beaver played a large role in building the nation. The country was built on the fur trade, and the beaver was in high demand for its pelt. So in exchange for nearly hunting them to extinction, we put them on our nickel as a thank you.
41. Canada Has Two National Sports – One of the least surprising facts about Canada is that we love hockey so much that is our national sport. But not many people know of Lacrosse. Lacrosse is our country’s oldest sport and has its roots in the indigenous community.
Cool Facts about Canadian Food
42. Canada doesn’t have much of a food identity. I would say what gives u our identity is that we have a very multicultural palette. One night we will eat Italian, then we’ll order in Thai or Korean and others we’ll be dining on Ethiopian or Indian. But there are a few things that set Canadian food apart.
43. Canada’s National Drink is the Ceasar – It’s like a Bloody Mary, but instead of tomato juice, we use Clamato Juice (A mixture of Clam Juice and Tomato Juice)
44. Canadians eat more Mac and Cheese than anyone else in the world. But we call it Kraft Dinner. (Gotta have KD)
45. Poutine really is a thing. And take it from us, it’s the best hangover food out there. Harvey’s (a burger chain that is delicious on up here) serves great poutine and it’s vegetarian! Poutine consists of french fries and cheese curds melted in gravy.
Canadian Outdoor Facts
The country’s national parks are massive and 30 national parks in the country are larger than many countries!
46. The first national park in Canada was Banff National Park established in 1885. Three years after the first National Park in the world was established in the United States (Yellowstone National Park)
47. Canada is cold, but we aren’t the coldest country in the world. Antarctica, Russia, and Greenland are colder. The lowest recorded temperature in Canada was in Snag, Yukon Territories at -63C. The coldest temperatures Dave and I have faced were -43C somewhere on the Hudson Bay in Northern Manitoba. But that’s okay, Canadians keep warm by wearing Tuques. (Or Toques as it is spelled in English) that is what we call a winter hat.
There are a lot of famous Canadians that you probably didn’t know. A few of the more patriotic Canadian celebrities like Drake, Mike Meyers, and Ryan Reynolds are well known Canucks around the world. But there are so many famous Canadians.
48. And before we move on to the famous Canadians, we want to share another cool fact about Canada...We Canadians love to point out famous Canadians to other people. We always drop names in sentences to tell people that someone famous is actually Canadian.
49. Schitt’s Creek – Created by famous Canadians, Eugene and Dan Levy, this sitcom is set and filmed in Canada. It stars Canadians and the multitalented award winning Catherine O’hara and it has taken the world by storm! It’s funny, very funny.
50. Marvel has several famous Canadians – Evangeline Lily (Ant Man and the Wasp), Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Ellen Page (X-men), Cobie Smulders (The Avengers), Rachel McAdams (Dr. Strange)
51. Famous Canadian Musicians – Drake, Justin Beiber, Michael Buble, Shawn Mendes, Alanis Morisette, Avril Lavine, Sarah Mclachlan, Rush, Neil Young, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Rush, Barenaked Ladies, Brian Adams, Leonard Cohen, Michael Bublé, The Weekend, The Guess Who.
52. Famous Canadian Actors: Keanu Reeves, Ryan Gosling, Jason Priestley, Ryan Reynolds, Ellen Page, Rachel McAdams, Donald and Kieffer Sutherland, Christopher Plumber, Joshua Jackson, Eugene Levy.
53. Famous Canadian Actresses: Sandra Oh, Anna Paquin, Evangeline Lily, Cobie Smulders, Rachel McAdams, Pamela Anderson
54. Famous Canadian Comedians: Seth Rogan, Jim Carey, Mike Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Howie Mandel, Martin Short, Dan Akroyd, Will Arnet. Catherine Ohara, Lorne Michaels, Samantha Bee,
Mind Blowing Facts about Canada – Number 1
55. Canada has the longest freshwater beach in the world – Wasaga Beach in Ontario is located on Lake Huron. And we have the second longest freshwater beach in the world as well for that matter. That would be Sauble Beach by the way.
56. Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined with 20 percent of the world’s freshwater.
57. Canada is home to two of the top 10 largest lakes in the world. No, they are not the Great Lakes, they are actually Great Bear Lake and Great Slave Lake which are both located in the Northwest Territories.
58. The Trans Canada Highway #1 is the longest highway in the world at 7821 kilometers – 4860 miles.
60. Canada shares the world’s longest unprotected border with the United States.
61. Canada has the longest street in the world – Yonge Street in Ontario 1,896 km (1,178 mi) long. It originates in Toronto and goes due north to just shy of Lake Simcoe. It has been taken off the Guinness Book of World Records, but my research wasn’t able to find a street that was longer.
62. The village of Alert in the Northwest Territories is the northernmost permanent settlement in the world. (my sister was stationed there while in the military in the 1990s!)
63. The oldest rocks on earth can be found in The Canadian Shield. The 4.28 billion-year-old rock that was discovered by geologists in 2001.
64. Canada is one of the most multicultural countries in the world and Toronto is often considered the most multicultural city on earth!
65. Wood Buffalo National Park is the second-largest national park on earth. Located between Alberta and the Northwest Territories it was established to allow the Wood Bison to roam freely.
66. Canada has the longest coastline of any other country in the world. It totals 202,000 km long (125,566.691 miles). Canada is bordered by the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. Sadly, that coastline is pretty cold.
A lot of Surprising things were Invented in Canada. Most people think these things were invented in America or somewhere else. But surprise, they were created in Canada!
67. Basketball was invented by Canadian, Dr. James Naismith who in 1891 defined 13 rules of the game that while teaching at a local YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts
68. The Telephone Was Invented in Canada – While Alexander Graham Bell wasn’t officially Canadian, he spent most of his time between Brantford Ontario, Boston Massachusetts, and Baddeck Nova Scotia. and much of his work was done at his workshop in Brantford and then later in life in Baddeck.
69. Superman was created by a Canadian – Canadian Joe Shuster co-created Superman with Jerry Siegel. The Daily Planet is actually based on the Toronto Star and Metropolis was modeled after Toronto.
70. IMAX was invented by Three Canadian filmmakers – Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroitor and Robert Kerr in 1967.
71. Insulin was discovered by doctor Frederick Banting in 19921 at the University of Toronto. It was developed further by him, Charles Best, Bertram Collip and John Mcleod.
72. The Snowblower was invented in Canada – Okay, this one isn’t surprising. It makes sense that the snowblower was invented by a Canadian. Arthur Sicard made shoveling snow easier in 1927.
And that is some of our favourite facts for today. Canada is quirky, Canada is fun and Canada is weird, it’s just the way we like it!
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