20 Interesting facts about Canada

Following our series of interesting facts on South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, we now take a look at Canada and reveal 20 of the country’s most interesting facts.


1. Canada spans 9 984 670 sq km and comprises 6 time zones.

2. Canada is 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 2,000 km.

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. His love for the bear cub inspired the stories written by his father, A.A. Milne, about Winnie-the-Pooh.


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 nine meters in diameter.

9. Canada has twice been invaded by the USA, first in 1775 and again in 1812.

10. Actor Leslie Nielsen is Canadian. His brother, Erik, was the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada for two years, from 1984 to 1986.

11. Canada holds the record for the most gold medals ever won at the Winter Olympics, taking 14 Golds at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

12. Sandy Gardiner, a journalist with the Ottawa Journal in the 60s, coined the term ‘Beatlemania’ while he was writing a story about the Beatles.

13. Canada was named through a misunderstanding. 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 was formed in 1873, with nine officers. In 1920, the group 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 approximately 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, only to be rebuilt the following winter.

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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  • joss

    corb lund is also a famous canadian. pretty cool

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  • Robert Frost

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  • Kap Nelson

    As a Canadian, i enjoy these pages, This is an awesome site, thank you.

  • 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

    • Jake

      The same! loved the facts!!!

  • 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

    • Warrior

      Did you guys here about the accident in Pennsylvania Jodie road i live near there.

  • TeddyBear12

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

  • Mitchell Hoiland

    Billie Talent is Canadian!

  • Mitchell Hoiland

    Hahahaha! Good one!

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    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

  • miranda

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  • Justin

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

  • Zahra

    Jim Carrey is Canadian! I didn’t know that!

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  • 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.

      • greg

        Canada also uses metres…

  • 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!

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    who is with me

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  • Diana Rosero❤️

    No one is talking about Justin Bieber. This is a site to know more about Canada not justin

  • sweet sweet

    love canada and fav youtuber is from canada =)

  • http://yourmom.com your mom

    Shawn Mendes is another famous Canadian! 😮

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    hi im random :)

  • jaden

    lol yeah right…

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  • Warrior

    I love this site!

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    Who now ssundee?

  • Warrior

    Happy great day .LOL:)

  • greg

    I’m about 100% sure i was in a desert in alberta, so at least one fact here is wrong.

    • Person McPersons

      No there is no desert in Alberta, maybe your thinking of the plateau, or the steppe, and there is some small sand dunes in the south of the province but those don’t really count seeing as they’re surrounded by trees and lakes and are really small

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  • Jathaniel Firstrider

    alphonse sucks

  • valencia swagger

    I used this for my homework also lol -swagger

  • Zakaria Nabih

    you can check also these Fact about this country Canada http://g8minds.net/canada-facts/


    Eugene Levy, Martin Short are also Canadians

  • katherine cable-davey

    is that right ????

  • xu

    hi I am Xu I an half Canadian the question that you might be asking is ‘is it cool to be Canadian’ yes it is


    First of all, being called “gay” is not an insult. Second, please go jump over a cliff :))




    SHAWN MENDES IS THE BEST CANADIAN (but this is only the opinoin of almost evryone :))

  • Harry

    Justin Bieber who is he…………………..

  • Shelby Charbonneau

    who cares

  • disqus_eARwASy8Ul

    Any one know Francis Lapointe or Frank Wolf he was a Canadian model

  • Drake Darkness

    No one likes Justin Bieber!

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    he is a fagget

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    “faggot”** learn to spell faggot.

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  • Berrios Jenadyhia

    Does anyone know canadian history, I need it for a project. PLEASE HELP

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    Isn’t William Shatner (Capt. Kirk) also Canadian?

  • http://www.wisconsin-tango.com Joe Yang

    Michael J. Fox is also Canadian :)

  • Simon Jones

    Just come across a good Canada quiz at freepubquiz.co.uk/canada-quiz-questions.html

  • Greg Palomo

    No they disowned him when the Canucks bet him away against the Phoenix Coyotes. The BET was, that the losers had to take Justin Bieber. So unfortunately he belongs to the US now.