Canada is a wonderful place to live for many reasons. If you want to learn more about Canada facts, here are 16 cool facts about Canada below:
Fact #1 – Canada is the second largest country
Canada is the second largest country in the world. Not much of the land is inhabited though, the country is covered by expansive forests, mountains and rolling plains. That leaves a lot of space for exploration and growth!
Fact #2 – Canada is home to many celebrities
As you may or may not know, Canada has housed and grown many celebrities! Neil Young, Justin Bieber, Jim Carrey, Rachel McAdams, Terry Fox and Margaret Atwood are only a few of the many.
Fact #3 – Canada has many diamond mines
Did someone say diamonds?! That’s right, in northern Canada there are diamond mines. If you want to find a diamond mine of your own you can absolutely try, but be warned, it’s crispy cold up there!
Fact #4 – Canada has inspired art from the Group of Seven
The beautiful scenery of Canada is an inspiration to many artists. The Group of Seven are well known for their eye catching paintings of Canadian scenery. Tom Thomson and Emily Carr are both Canadian born and part of the Group of Seven.
Canada is a proud supporter of artists, so the Group of Seven paintings are kept in Canadian museums. Once you see the paintings for yourself, visit Algonquin Park or the forests of British Columbia to witness their subjects first hand!
Fact #5 – Canada has renewable water supply
One of the biggest participants in the natural resources and energy industry is Canada, this likely isn’t surprising! Although, what may be surprising, Canada has 9% of the world’s renewable water supply. Canada’s Great Lakes and other bodies of water is what makes this possible!
Fact #6 – Canada has polar bear shaped license plates
In Nunavut, one of the Canadian territories, the license plates are shaped like polar bears! This is quite fitting as you may even find a real polar bear that far north!
Fact #7 – Canada has unique lingo found nowhere else
The most common word you will hear come out of a Canadian’s mouth is “EH?!”, it’s not just something you hear in the movies! Canadians also say the words “out” and “about” funny according to the rest of the world, it is pronounced “oot” and “aboot” in Canada.
Fact #8 – Canada has the second oldest capital in the world (Ottawa)
The capital city of Canada is Ottawa which is also the second coldest capital in the world. The rumors you heard are correct, Canada has snowy and chilly winters!
Fact #9 – Canada has two national sports
Canada has two national sports, hockey for the winter and lacrosse for the summer. With the change of seasons, you’ll never be bored in the great outdoors!
If you’re a lover of hockey, you are definitely not alone in Canada. Many Canadians spend evenings watching hockey games in the comfort of their home or at a local restaurant. Afterall, one of the best hockey players, Wayne Gretzky, was born and raised in Canada!
Fact #10 – Canada has legalized cannabis
As you probably have heard, Canada has nationally legalized cannabis use and made cannabis available for sale by the government. Not only is this a part of recreational and leisure life in Canada, it also means that drug related crime is on the decline making Canada a safer place to live.
Fact #11 – Canada has a deep love for television
The average Canadian watches 21 hours of television per week. Maybe this fact isn’t shocking, although, approximately 128,000 Canadians have TVs in their bathrooms. Now that is dedication!
Fact #12 – Canada is the discoverer of insulin and stem cells
The hormone insulin was first isolated at the University of Toronto in the years 1921 and 1922 by Frederick Banting and Charles Best. Without them, we may not have a cure for diabetes today!
James Till and Ernest McCulloch are known to be the discoverers of stem cells. Today, stem cells are used for a variety of medical treatments and used in research.
Fact #13 – Canada had the tallest freestanding structure
Until 2007, the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario was the largest free standing in the world. However, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai outdid the CN Tower in 2007!
Fact #14 – Canada has the best skiing in North America
Whistler, British Columbia has been ranked as one of the best places in North America for downhill skiing time and time again. Hop on the slopes for some winter fun and gorgeous scenery!
Fact #15 – Canada is home to the Hudson’s Bay Company
Also known as “The Bay” for short, Hudson’s Bay Company is the oldest commercial enterprises in North America and one of the largest in the world. The company was incorporated in Canada by an English royal charter in 1670, that was definitely a long time ago!
Today, many Canadians go to The Bay for their clothing needs may it be a prom dress, a new winter coat or a new suit for work. It is one of the best department stores in the nation!
Fact #16 – Canada has delicious national foods
It’s not just a stereotype, Canadians love their maple syrup, Canadian made beers, bacon and poutine! Whether you’re simply a visiting tourist or planning to live in Canada, be sure to try some locally loved cuisine.