Looking to boost your knowledge of the big wide world and better your chance of being crowned the next geography quiz champion? Why not start with these fun facts about Canada!
1. Canada’s name has incredible origins.
The word ‘Canada’ itself comes from the word Kanata, which means ‘settlement’ or ‘village’ in the language of the indigenous St Lawrence Iroquoians (the name of the people who lived on the shores of the St Lawrence river, in what is modern Quebec and Ontario, between the 14th and 16th centuries).
2. Canada is ENORMOUS.
Canada is in North America, it consists of ten provinces and three territories and extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean.
It boasts the largest coastline in the world.
3. What’s the capital of Canada? Guess again.
The capital of Canada is Ottawa – not Vancouver or Toronto, as people often think.
Ottawa has a population density of only 820 people per square mile, compared with London, which has 14,550 people per square mile!
4. Ottawa is more than chilly.
You thought Britain was cold? The average low for the month of January in Ottawa is -14.4 degrees Celsius (6.1 degrees Fahrenheit).
5. Canada is a bilingual nation.
The 2 main languages spoken in Canada are English and French.
6. No, really – Canada is GIGANTIC.
Canada is larger than the whole of the European Union; it’s 15 times larger than France, 33 times larger than Italy, three times as large as India, five times larger than Mexico, more than 30 per cent larger than Australia and roughly the same size as 81,975 Walt Disney Worlds put together!
7. However, Canada is sparse.
Despite its vastness, in 2019 Canada’s population was only around a mere 37.59 million, compared to the UK’s 66.65 million (2019)!
8. Canada is a nation of clever clogs.
Over half of Canadians have degrees, making Canada the most educated country in the world.
9. Canada is a forest nation.
30 per cent of the world’s boreal forest and 10 per cent of the world’s total forest cover is in Canada. An incredible 396.9 million hectares of forest and other wooded land can be found across this huge country.
10. Touring Canada could take a lifetime.
If, for some reason, you find yourself walking the length of Canada’s coastline, be prepared because even if you never stopped (not even to eat, drink or sleep) it would take you four and a half years! We’d suggest you take some plasters for the inevitable blisters!
11. Canada gets very, very cold.
Canada’s lowest recorded temperature was in 1947, in Snag, Yukon. It was an astonishing -63 degrees Celsius (-81.4 degrees Fahrenheit), which is roughly the same temperature as Mars!
12. Canada has an astonishing array of lakes.
Remarkably, Canada has over 3 million lakes. A large 9% of Canadian territory is fresh water and over 60% of all the lakes in the world are found within Canadian borders.
13. Churchill has a bizarre safety policy.
14. Canada is mad about bears.
License plates in the Canadian Northwest Territories are shaped like polar bears.
15. However, Canadians are most mad about ice hockey.
16. Canada has a distinct breed of dog.
17. There’s an incredibly long street in Canada.
Unsurprisingly, at a lengthy 1,178 miles (1,896 km) long, ‘Yonge Street’, which goes through Toronto and Ontario, is the longest street in the world.
18. Canada is less grounded than anywhere else.
It was discovered in the 1960s that parts of Canada has less gravity than the rest of the Earth.
19. Canada is a very positive nation!
As an incentive, ‘positive tickets’ are given out by Police departments in Canada when they see someone doing something positive.
20. The country even has an official phone number!
Canada’s official phone number is 1-800-O-CANADA
FAQs about Canada
Was Hawaiian pizza really invented in Canada?
Yes - it was an Ontarian resident who grabbed a tin of pineapple by accident to add to his pizza one day!
Is it safe to live in Canada?
On the whole, Canada is considered very peaceful and welcoming - with a trustworthy police presence.
What’s a downside to living in Canada?
Canadian living costs can be very expensive - you’ll pay handsomely for those views and those low crime rates!
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