13 Fun Facts About Canada
Canada! People are so much into this North American country because of the living opportunities it provides. As it extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and the Arctic Ocean northward, it covers an overall land of 9.98 million km2, making itself the second-largest country in the world, area-wise. There are 10 provinces along with 3 territories of Canada. It is very interesting to know that many indigenous people came and inhabited a place for hundreds and thousands of years which became Canada.
As we have bragged so much about the country but trust us, it is all genuine. We came up with a fun and educational topic of sharing spicy, interesting, and eye-opening facts about different provinces and territories of Canada.
- Trick or Treat! The popular Halloween phrase was used for the first time in Alberta in 1927.
- The warm, wet breezes that blow down from either the west of the Rocky Mountains, above Calgary, and then onto the prairies are known as Chinook. Chinooks can raise the temperature by up to 15°C.
- The settlement of Vulcan, Alberta, has embraced the Star Trek phenomenon wholeheartedly.
- The province is approximately four times bigger than the United Kingdom, over twice as big as that of Japan, and greater than all 50 states of the United States combined (except for Alaska).
- One of the world’s oldest Western Red Cedar trees has been the “Hanging Garden Tree” on Meares Island, near Tofino. It could be somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 years old!
- British Columbia is one of the three world’s top blueberries and cranberries producers.
- The world’s largest hockey stick, manufactured for the Expo 86 World’s Fair in British Columbia, was purchased by the city of Duncan and is now on display.
- Manitoba offers over 100,000 gorgeous lakes that are ideal for canoeing, boating, fishing, and swimming.
- The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the country’s first national museum outside of Ottawa, is also located in Winnipeg.
- Winnipeg was the first city in North America to develop and implement a central emergency system in 1959. What was originally “999” turned “911” and has been in use ever since.
- In May 1907, at the Nickel Theatre of Saint John, New Brunswick musicians created history by being the first silent films to be accompanied by music in North America.
- Off the coast of Deer Island, off southwestern coast, is the biggest tidal whirlpool in the whole Western Hemisphere. It’s known as the Old Sow.
- King Square isn’t really square, despite the title. It has a rectangular shape, similar to a flag. Indeed, if you take a ride with any pigeon near the bandstand, you’ll notice that the pathways are meant to resemble the Union Jack.
Newfoundland and Labrador
- The name of the province is after two famous dogs, Labrador and Newfoundland dog.
- It’s only a one-hour boat voyage to France. St. Pierre and Miquelon, which is part of France, is just a few hours away from St. John’s.
- It is the first to get wireless communication in the world.
- With 26 magnificent hiking paths, the Cabot Trail is considered one of the most scenic roads in the world.
- Every year, 50,000 tons of lobster are pulled from Nova Scotia waters, and there are about as many methods to prepare it.
- Peggy’s Cove is home to one of the world’s most photographed lighthouses.
- The province’s more than 2,50,000 lakes provide more than one-fifth of the world’s freshwater supply.
- Ontario plays a major role in supplying ‘Class 1’ agricultural land throughout Canada. Large numbers of farmlands in Ontario help in producing food crops, cash crops, vegetables, poultry, and even flowers.
- Ontario has over 1,000 wind turbines having over 2,000 megawatts capacity, making itself the Canadian leader in wind power.
Prince Edward Island
- PEI is the smallest province of Canada, both in size and population. It just has two cities namely, Charlottetown and Summerside.
- The historical name of PEI is Epekwitk meaning ‘cradled on the waves.
- It is famous for its red soil due to the oxidation of high iron content present in the soil.
- It grows one-third of Canada’s potatoes.
- The official and native language in Quebec is French, which seems quite weird when all of Canada is speaking English.
- The Chateau Frontenac Hotel of Quebec holds the Guinness world record for being the most photographed hotel in the world.
- Poutine, a famous Canadian dish, which has now become famous in other parts of the world as well, originated from Quebec.
- The Canadians love for maple syrup over Belgian waffles is fulfilled by the huge maple syrup production in Quebec. Not only Canada but it delivers 90% to the world’s maple syrup industry.
- Saskatchewan has the largest number of roads among all other provinces. The road surface is enough to circle around the equator four times.
- It is the sunniest province in Canada.
- It is the only province in Canada with artificial boundaries and is completely landlocked.
- It is also called the land of purple beaches.
- It has only one city which is obviously the capital, Yellowknife.
- In 1978, UNESCO designated the Nahanni National Park Reserve as one of the world’s top four heritage sites as World Heritage Sites.
- There are four official languages, English, French, Inuktitut, and Inuinnaqtun.
- There is no road that takes you to Nunavut.
- Nunavut has no political parties.
- The highest Canadian mountains are in Yukon.
- It is the home of the smallest desert in the world, the Carcross Desert.
- In Yukon, there are more moose than people, 70,000 vs 40,962.
Every Canadian province and territory has something special in it that tells a story to the visitors and natives too. It is undoubtedly a place of well-being and prosperity.