From our world-renowned friendliness and mastery of harsh northern climates to our invention and popularization of some of the world’s most popular sports, Canada and its citizens are kind of a big deal. Canada doesn’t get nearly enough credit for its breathtaking landscapes, because of that and its intense winters, Canada is much less traveled than it probably could be. Since I’m Canadian, I’m taking it upon myself to share some facts about the Great White North with you.
Here are 29 Amazing Facts About Canada.
Canada’s the second biggest country in the world, behind only Russia. But how big is Canada really? Here’s a comparison — It’s larger than the whole European Union, 33 times larger than Italy, 15 times larger than France, more than 30% bigger than Australia, 5 times larger than Mexico and at least 3 times bigger than India. Yea, I told you we’re a big deal.
Canada is surrounded by oceans on 3 sides: the Atlantic Ocean to the East, the Arctic Ocean to the North and the Pacific Ocean to the West.
Canada has the longest coastline in the world.
Canada has 202,080 KMs of the world’s 356,000 KMs oceanfront space. That’s well above half.
Canada has 31% of the world’s boreal forest and 10% of the world’s total forest. It’s a crazy 396.9 hectares of forest, most of which is publicly owned. We like our country green, and we’re going to keep it that way for a while.
Quebec City, the capital city of Canada’s only French province (Quebec), is the only North American city that still has fortified walls.
Nahanni National Park Reserve, 30,050 square KMs, is bigger than Albania & Israel. Wood Buffalo National Park, 44,807 square KMs, is bigger than Denmark & Switzerland. Apparently bigger is better after all huh (or should I say EH … we don’t all say that, seriously, stop thinking that)?
Canada is the world’s “smartest” country: over half our residents have college/university degrees or some form of higher education learning.
Canada’s lowest recorded temperature ever was -63 Centigrade in 1947. Roughly the same temperature as the surface of Mars. Yea, those are the days when you call in sick from work.
Canada consumes more Mac & Cheese than any other country in the world, a fact that I’m personally very proud of.
Canada has more lakes on its own than the rest of the world’s lakes put together (2 million). 563 lakes larger than 100 square KMs. The Great Lakes alone contain nearly 20% of the world’s fresh lake water. Safe to say that Canada won’t be going thirsty any time soon. Ha!
There are 1453 airports in Canada. You can fly in to visit us whenever and pretty much wherever you’d like.
80% of the alcohol consumed in Canada is beer. We’re also REALLY good at beer pong! Cheers.
9.5 million of Canada’s 34.9 million people speak French to varying degrees. Canada is an officially bilingual country.
20% of Canadians were born outside of Canada (myself included).
Americans have been known to masquerade as Canadians abroad to receive better treatment. I’ve witnessed this firsthand … No further comment.
Imax, the electric wheel chair & Trivial Pursuit were created in Canada. You’re welcome.
In Newfoundland, Canada, the Atlantic Ocean sometimes freezes, so people play hockey on it. I mean, what else would we do if the ocean froze over?
With 1896 KMs or 1178 MI, Yonge Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario (Canada), is the longest street in the entire world.
The Mall of America actually belongs to, you guessed it, Canadians!
The Canada/U.S. border is the world’s longest border without military defence.
In 1984, Canada gave up its weapons of mass destruction and has signed treaties against the possession of them ever since. Told you we’re nice.
Canada or Kanata is an Iroquoian language word meaning village.
Twilight, Blades of Glory, The Titanic, Mean Girls, Brokeback Mountain and many other Hollywood movies were filmed in Canada. The Revenant, which earned Leonardo DiCaprio his first oscar, was mostly filmed in Canada as well.
Americans have invaded Canada twice, in 1775 and 1812. the U.S. of A is now 0-2 against Canada. We’re nice, not weak.
Canada has lots of oil. In fact, it has the third largest oil reserves in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
Basketball was invented by a Canadian. Again, you’re welcome.
Drake, Justin Bieber, and the Weekend (who can’t feel his face when he’s with you) are all Canadians.
Jim Carey, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Seth Rogen, Ryan Reynolds, Ellen Page and Michael Cera are also famous Canadian film actors.
Want to learn more about Canada? Check out the following posts!
- A Budget Traveler’s Guide to Montreal
- Experience Quebec City In 6 Major Attractions (+Photo Gallery)
Also, check out these great Canadian travel bloggers!
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Did you know these facts about Canada? When will you be visiting Canada? Leave an intelligent response below!
Until next time,