Most Strange Facts About Canada
Canada is a North American country stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north. Canada is unique combination of beauty and odd history make it one of the most magical places in the world. It is full of surprising and amazing facts. Here we start list of some strange facts about canada.
#1 Canada got its own flag after 100 years
On July 1, 1867, the colonies of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia were federated to form the semi-autonomous federal Dominion named Canada. The process of choosing the design took almost 100 years. The process began in 1895,finaly design chossen and proclaimed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on January 28, It was February 15, 1965 when Canadian flag was raised for the first time in an inauguration ceremony on Parliament Hill. Interesting to know that Canada has used approximately 13 different flag designs since 1497 before finally settling on the Maple Leaf.
#2 Canadian interjection "eh" is listed in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary as a valid word
"Eh" is similar to the meaning to right?,"Excuse me?,"Please repeat that",huh?, This canadian word actually listed in oxford university, 'Eh' can not be placed just anywhere in a sentence. It's used as a confirmation, agreement, or question by placing it at the end of any sentence. e.g. Its very cold, eh?
#3 Canada 2nd largest country
Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia.The population is approximately 36 million, which is only 0.5% of the world’s population. Based on Statistics Canada, 6.8 million Canadians are foreign born. That is 20.6% or 1 out of 5 are born out of the country. This is the highest number of any G8 country.
#4 Eating habits in Canada
Canadians produces 0.5% of the worlds food but consume only 0.6 percentage. Canada has more doughnut shops per capita than oany othe place. Macroni and chees is the most purchased grocery item in Canada. Canada produces 77% of the world's maple syrup. 91% comes from Quebec alone.
#5 Santa is a Canadian citizen
The Canadian government has declared Santa as a Canadian citizen. In fact, you can mail your letter to the North Pole in any language (including Braille), and his trusted elves will answer them all.There are over 2.5 million Caribou (reindeers) in Canada.Postal code is "H0H 0H0, North Pole, Canada.
#6 Snake capital of the world
Manitoba has the largest concentration of snakes in the world. Around 70,000 snakes, particularly red-sided garter snakes, emerge from mid April to early May, you can see tens of thousands of garter snakes slithering from their dens.Narcisse Snake Dens is 130 km north of Winnipeg.
#7 Lakes in Canada
There are as many as 2 million lakes in Canada.It’s hardly surprising that nation has more lake area than any other country. They’re often big, too, with 563 lakes larger than 100 square km.There are several islands in the lake with lakes within them, but the larger ones are Isle Royale in Michigan and Michipicoten Island in Ontario.
#8 Beaches in Canada
Ontario’s Wasaga Beach is the longest freshwater beach in the world. It stretches 14 km along the shore of Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay. Water so buoyant it’s impossible to sink? Head to the Dead Sea, right? Or go to central Saskatchewan’s Little Manitou Lake. Fed by underground springs, the 13.3 square km lake has mineral salt concentrations of 180,000 mg per litre, making the water extremely buoyant.
#9 Maximum Polar bears found in Canada
60% of the world’s 25000 polar bears live in Nunavut, Canada.
#10 Loonies and Toonies
The $1 bill was replaced by a coin with the face of a common loon (bird) on one side, Queen Elizabeth on the other. Hence, Canadians call one dollar a "loonie." When the $2 bimetal coin was introduced it was called the "toonie," after no animal. The Royal Canadian Mint once made a gigantic loonie made of 99.9% gold that was worth $1 million.
#11 Canada is the first country to build a UFO landing pad in St. Paul, Alberta
A crater on the planet was named after the town of Gander, NFL in honour of its efforts in space research. Even the Minister of National Defense, Paul Hellyer, was there for the grand opening back in 1967.
#12 The Canada/USA border
The Canada/USA border is the longest international border in the world. It lacks military defense. Canada shares the largest demilitarized border in the world with the United States (unless Trump has anything to do about it).
Prostitution is legal in Canada. It is, however, illegal to run a brothel or work as a pimp. Means the purchase of sexual services are criminalized, but the selling of sexual services are allowed under certain conditions.
#14 Hollywood's biggest and hottest stars
Some of the world's most popular superheroes were conceived by Canadian minds, including Superman and Wolverine. Canada is often called as Hollywood North, the west coast city is second behind Los Angeles in TV production and third in North America for feature film productions.
#15 Overpasses made for wildlife
In Banff National Park in Alberta, highways are designed to create the perfect marriage between passing vehicles and overpasses for the wildlife including; grizzly, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars, moose, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, wolverine, and lynx.
#16 Olympic gold
Canada holds two records: most gold medals won by a country in a Winter Olympic as well as most gold medals won by a host country in the Winter Olympics. Both accomplished in Vancouver 2010.
#18 Gay marriage
On July 20, 2005, Canada legalized same-sex marriage.
#19 Literacy rate in Canada
Canada is the most educated country in the world. It has over 99% literacy rate and over half of Canadians have college degrees.
#20 National sport
Hockey is Canada's national winter sport. Although for Canadians hockey is a way of life. Take any calm Canadian and turn him in to a raving fanatic by simply criticizing their favorite team.
#21 Fresh Water bodies
Twenty percent of the world's fresh water is in Canada. Ontario, Canada, has more than 250,000 lakes. They contain about 1/5 of the world's fresh water.
#22 Last name
The most common last name in Canada is "Li".
#23 It's estimated that 93,000 Canadians live in the U.S. with expired visas, more than any other group of immigrant.
#24 Canada has the world’s smallest jail – in Rodney, Ontario; it’s only 24.3 square metres (270 square feet). Canada has 198 jails.
#25 Hawaiian pizza was actually invented by an Ontario man, not by the Hawaiians.
#26 There's an area in the Hudson Bay region has less gravity than the rest of the planet.
#27 The largest Sony big screen TV can be found in Toronto's Rogers Centre.
#28 The lowest temperature ever recorded in Canada was in Snag, YT at -63 degrees C in 1947.
#29 "Canada" is an Iroquoian language word "Kanata" meaning "Village.
#30 The official phone number for Canada is 1-800-O-Canada.
#31 Up to 30% of Canada is covered in trees and thick forest.
#32 Canada has the largest coastline in the world.
#33 With 1,896 km (1,178 mi), the Yonge Street in Canada, is the longest street in the world.
#34 Americans have invaded Canada twice, in 1775 and 1812. They lost both times.
#35 Canada has the third largest oil reserves of any country in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.