50 Amazing Canada Facts you may not know | Amazing Facts 4U
Land & Geography
- Fact is at 3,855,103 square miles, Canada is the second largest country in the world, behind Russia.
- Amazing fact is Canada has more lakes than the rest of the worlds lakes combined.
- The border between Canada and the U.S. is the world’s longest frontier. It stretches 3,987 miles. It is without a military defense.
- Fact is with over 3 million lakes 9% of Canadian territory is actually fresh water and over 60% of all the lakes in the world are found within its borders.
- Amazing fact is Canada has the world’s longest coastline at 2,02,080 km. which is 56% of the entire world’s coastlines!
- The longest highway in the world is the Trans-Canada Highway which is over 7604 kilometers (4725 miles) in length.
- The official languages of Canada are English and French. Throughout Canada’s history up to the current time, there have been conflicts between English and French-speaking Canadians.
- Fact is Canada has twice been invaded by the USA, first in 1775 and then 1812. There is a Canadian organization called United North America whose goal is for Canada to join the United States.
- In 1995, there was a referendum for Quebec’s independence from Canada. There was 94% turnout, with 50.58% voting to stay with Canada and 49.42% voting to declare independence.
- For one day in 1940 a section of a hospital in Ottawa, Canada was declared an international territory, so a Dutch Princess could be delivered as a full Dutch citizen (a requirement to be a Dutch Princess). Every year Netherlands sends Canada a gift of tulips to show their gratitude.
- During WWII, Britain shipped its gold reserves and foreign securities to Canada in crates labelled “Fish”. They were stored for years in an office building in downtown Montreal, where 5000 people worked throughout the war without having a clue about what was hidden in their basement.
Places / Architecture
- Montreal is home to many beautiful churches and is often called The City of Saints or City of a hundred bell towers.
- Amazing fact is Canada is home to the longest street in the world. Yonge Street in Ontario starts at Lake Ontario and it runs north through Ontario to the Minnesota border, a distance of almost 2000 kilometres.
- The highest tides in the world occur in the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick.
- Amazingly Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in the world . Manitou Lake on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron is the world’s largest lake within a lake ( 41.1 square miles).
- Wasaga beach is the longest fresh water beach in the world.
- Toronto’s Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome) is home to the largest Sony big screen in the world, measuring 33.6 mtrs x 10 mtrs.
- Amazing fact is 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.
- Amazingly the Hotel de Glace in Quebec is built every year using 400 tons of ice and 12000 tons of snow. Every summer it melts away and every winter it is rebuilt.
- Ontario is believed to be home to the world’s smallest jail, which measures only 24.3 sq metres.
- There is an opera house that straddles the US/Canadian border called Haskell Opera, and inside, the seats are separated by a line. If you don’t exit the same side that you entered, you have breached the law and are subject to arrest.
- There’s a place in Vancouver that provides a safe space for intravenous drug addicts to inject themselves. They provide clean needles, food, and drug addiction counseling .
People Customs & Culture
- Amazingly about 90% of Canada’s population is concentrated within 160 kilometers (100 miles) of the Canada/US border.
- Amazingly Montreal is the world’s second largest French speaking city after Paris.
- Amazing fact is tap water in Canada is held to a higher standard than bottled water.
- Canada consumes more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world.
- Amazingly dog food is tax-deductible in Canada.
- Residents of Churchill, Canada, leave their cars unlocked to offer an escape for pedestrians who might encounter Polar Bear attack.
- No cow in Canada can be given artificial hormones to increase its milk production. So no dairy product in Canada contains those hormones.
- There is a place in Canada called Cape Breton where Scottish descendants still speak Gaelic, and they send musicians to Scotland to teach the Scottish how to play traditional music .
- The province of Alberta, Canada has border guards dedicated to keeping rats out. They plant poison and dig up individual burrows. The entire province is rat-free, and rats are only allowed in zoos.
- Skyscrapers in downtown Toronto are air conditioned via frigid water pumped from the bottom of Lake Ontario, reducing their electricity costs by 75%.
- The Mounted Police were formed in 1873, with nine officers and in 1920 it merged with the Dominion Police to become the famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which today has close to 30 000 members.
- An experimental program called Mincome existed in Canada in the 1970′s and gave everyone a minimum income just for being a citizen. It resulted in slightly fewer hours worked, but saw overall increases in health, happiness, and educational achievement.
- Random and pre employment drug tests are illegal in Canada.
- Because Iceland doesn’t have an Air Force it relies on its allies to provide protection. Currently Canada is providing air protection for Iceland.
- Canada created a $1,000,000 Coin That Is Usable.
- Canada is the only non-European member of the European Space Agency.
- There is a mayor from Canada who is 91 years old and is currently serving her 12th term.
- Fact is Alberta has 50% of the world’s supply of bitumen.
- Amazingly Canada accounts for 90% of all mustard seed exports worldwide!
- The deepest gold mine in North America is located in Quebec, Canada. The deepest shaft of the mine reaches over 2.48 miles (4 kilometers) underground and is predicted to be able to access over 12.5 million ounces of gold.
- Remember that Whiskey with an “e” comes from Ireland whilst Whisky without an “e” come from Scotland and Canada.
- Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas was first isolated at the University of Toronto in 1921-22 by Dr. Frederick Banting and Charles Best.
- James Till and Ernest McCulloch are credited with the discovery of the stem cell.
- The Blackberry Smartphone was developed in Ontario, at Research In Motion’s Waterloo offices.
- Canada was the third country to undertake space exploration program.
- The Royal Montreal Golf Club, founded in 1873, is the oldest golf club in North America.
- In the 1930 World Ice Hockey Championship, the Canadian team was so dominant that it did not participate in the knock-out tournament. Canada was right away put into the final game and it won.
- Slovakian women’s hockey team qualified for the 2010 Olympics by beating Bulgaria 82-0, and then lost to team Canada in Vancouver 18-0.
By Amazing Facts 4U Team