20 interesting facts about Canada

We have featured South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

Today we look at Canada and reveal 20 of the country’s most interesting facts.

  1. At 9 984 670 sq km and comprised of 6 time zones, Canada is huge!Canada has been invaded by the USA twice.
  2. 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 kilometres.
  3. While we’re talking ‘longest’, here’s another record: Canada has the world’s longest coastline at 202 080 km.
  4. 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.

    Illustrated by E.H. Shepard

    It’s thanks to a little bear from Canada called Winnipeg that A.A. Milne invented Winnie-the-Pooh for his son Christopher.

  5. The Canadian motto, A Mari Usque ad Mare, means “From sea to sea.”
  6. 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.
  7. The Blackberry Smartphone was developed in Ontario, at Research In Motion’s Waterloo offices.
  8. 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.
  9. Canada has twice been invaded by the USA, first in 1775 and then 1812.
  10. Actor Leslie Nielsen is Canadian and his brother Erik was theDeputy Prime Minister of Canada for two years, from 1984 to 1986.

    Leslie and Erik Nielson, even when you become deputy Prime Minister you can still be upstaged by your brother wearing a dress.

    Leslie and Erik Nielson, even when you become deputy Prime Minister you can still be upstaged by your brother wearing a dress.

  11. 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.
  12. Sandy Gardiner, a journalist with the Ottawa Journal in the 60’s coined the term ‘Beatlemania’ while he was writing a story about the Beatles.Ontario is home to the world's smallest jail.
  13. 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.
  14. The Mounted Police were formed in 1873, with nine officers and in 1920 merged with the Dominion Police to become the famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which today has close to 30 000 members.
  15. Canada is home to about 55 000 different species of insects.
  16. Montreal is home to many beautiful churches and is often called The City of Saints or City of a hundred bell towers
  17. Ontario is believed to be home to the world’s smallest jail, which measures only 24.3 sq metres.
  18. The Hotel de Glace in Quebec 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.

    The Hotel de Glace

    This ice hotel in Quebec is rebuilt every year to open for three months. It takes 50 workers a month and a half to construct.

  19. 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.
  20. Famous Canadians include Pamela Anderson, Leonard Cohen, Avril Lavigne, Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey.

 

 

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  • Louise

    Awesume

  • joss

    corb lund is also a famous canadian. pretty cool

  • Nicole

    Cool

  • Robert Frost

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  • Kap Nelson

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  • manicdrummer

    Ellen Page, William Shatner, Genevieve Boujold and Robert Goulet are also Canadian. BTW, Alexander Bell was not yet Canadian when he invented the telephone. He was actually from Scotland.

  • holly

    thanks i used this site for my homework it was great i love the winnie the pooh fact xxxxx

  • http://www.123cheaptravel.co.uk/Flights-to-India.html Jims David

    Well, good sharing about Canada. I heard many news about it and i never went before. After seeing this information i want to go there and i want to enjoy that nature.

  • Kayla

    thanks i used this site for my homework it was great i liked number 13

  • Teri

    Neil young is Canadian!

    • TylerDurden

      Neil young is also an idiot….

  • zikerob

    Yeah, Celne Dion is much more famouse than him, he’s just infamous

  • zikerob

    No. xD

  • lol

    justin bibier sucks

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  • TeddyBear12

    Hi!!! I love Canada!!! It is the best country in the world!!

  • Mitchell Hoiland

    Billie Talent is Canadian!

  • Mitchell Hoiland

    Hahahaha! Good one!

  • Someone oh ya

    Hey sucks lol

  • Jada

    Justin Bieber is a Canadian and I love him he is a amazing singer song writer and he is a Canadian. Lol and this website was very helpful for my homework

  • micky

    you can hardly call him Canadian

  • KennedyBieber Musick

    I’m pretty sure no ones going to forget about Justin Bieber?

  • johnsonyourmom

    he got arrested

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  • Justin

    I love the fact that our country’s name was really a mistake

  • anon

    You misspelled “metres” its supposed to be meters.

    • 1st Contact

      Thank you for your message. As we’re a UK based company we follow British English style guidelines.

  • Sparkle08732

    Thanks for the facts for my school report! Now I need to find pictures…

  • macharmonxoxo

    Mac Harmon is also famous in Canada

  • bitty

    why u got to be so rude!