FAN & FUN FACTS …Canada

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FAN &  FACTS CANADA

In this post, we have compiled a series of interesting facts that aimed at both expanding our limited knowledge about Canada as well as help us realize there is a lot more to the country that shares love and security.

 

Cold, up north but , so amazingly lovely country to live.

  1. Canada spans 9 984 670 sq km and comprises 6 time zones.
  2. Canada is home to the longest street in the world. Yonge Street in Ontario starts at Lake Ontario, and runs north through Ontario to the Minnesota border, a distance of almost 2,000 km.
  3. While we’re talking ‘longest’, here’s another record: Canada has the world’s longest coastline at 202,080 km.
  4. A bear cub named Winnipeg was exported from Canada to the London Zoo in 1915. A little boy named Christopher Robin Milne loved to visit Winnipeg, or Winnie for short. His love for the bear cub inspired the stories written by his father, A.A. Milne, about Winnie-the-Pooh.  the loveable bear on a real bear from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  5. The Canadian motto, A Mari Usque ad Mare, means “From sea to sea.”
  6. Toronto’s Rogers Centre, formerly known as the SkyDome, is home to the largest Sony big screen in the world, measuring 10 m x 33.6 m.
  7. The Blackberry Smartphone was developed in Ontario, at Research In Motion’s Waterloo offices.
  8. The Big Nickel in Sudbury, Ontario is the world’s largest coin. It is a huge reproduction of a 1951 Canadian nickel and measures nine meters in diameter.

. Spare some change?

The Canadian Royal Mint created a coin with the face value of $1 Million. The coin itself is made of 99.99% gold and weighs over 220 lbs.

  1. Canada has twice been invaded by the USA, first in 1775 and again in 1812.
  2. Actor Leslie Nielsen is Canadian. His brother, Erik, was the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada for two years, from 1984 to 1986.
  3. Canada holds the record for the most gold medals ever won at the Winter Olympics, taking 14 Golds at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

12. Sandy Gardiner, a journalist with the Ottawa Journal in the 60s, coined the term ‘Beatlemania’ while he was writing a story about the Beatles.

 

  1. Canada was named through a misunderstanding. When Jaques Cartier, a French explorer, came to the new world, he met with local Natives who invited them to their ‘kanata’ (the word for ‘village’). The party mistakenly thought the name of the country was “Kanata” or Canada.
  1. Canada is home to approximately 55,000 different species of insects.
  2. Montreal is home to many beautiful churches and is often called The City of Saints or City of a Hundred Bell Towers.
  3. Ontario is believed to be home to the world’s smallest jail, which measures only 24.3 sq metres.
  4. The Mounted Police was formed in 1873, with nine officers. In 1920, the group merged with the Dominion Police to become the famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which today has close to 30 000 members.  
  1. The Hotel de Glace in Quebec is built every year using 400 tons of ice and 12 000 tons of snow. Every summer it melts away, only to be rebuilt the following winter.
  2. Canada’s only desert in British Columbia is only 15 miles long and is the only desert in the world with a long boardwalk for visitors to walk on.

 

20.Canada has always been seen as the quieter and more gentle neighbor to the USA. While it is true hockey is revered and occupies a special place in the heart of  every Canadian other commonly held beliefs that are far from reality. For example, no Canadian lives in an igloo nor our friends to the North get around in dog sleds.

  1. Thanksgiving

Canada celebrates Thanksgiving much earlier than its American neighbors. Canadians give thanks the second Monday in October. Although the first version of Thanksgiving was celebrated first in Canada in 1578 in Newfoundland as opposed to the Americans in 1621. Canada actually has this holiday changed several times until 1957, when Parliament finalized the day and month.

22. Famous Canadians include Pamela Anderson, Leonard Cohen, Avril Lavigne, Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey. Among many others

Some of Hollywood’s biggest and hottest stars come from up North.

  1. A bunch of tree huggers. Roughly 30% of Canada’s total landmass is occupied by forest. Makes

  1. Crossing the border

The Canada/USA border is the longest international border in the world. It lacks military defense.

  1. It’s the garter snake capital of the world.

Narcisse Snake Dens is 130 km north of Winnipeg. Mid-April to early May you can see tens of thousands of garter snakes slithering from their dens. Viewing platforms are available for people to watch them from a distance.

  1. Maple Leaf

Canada’s flag became official on February 15, 1965, almost 100 years after it became a country in 1867. Canada has used approximately 13 different flag designs since 1497 before the Maple Leaf.

  1. It’s cold, eh?

‘Eh’ is not placed just anywhere in a sentence. It’s at the end used as a confirmation, agreement or question. 

 

  1. Canadarm

The Canadarm or Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (SRMS) is a robotic arm used to repair, capture and deploy satellites. It also positioned astronauts, maintained equipment, and moved cargo. Named the Canadarm because it was developed by Canadian scientists. It was first launched in to space in 1981.

  1. Canada is the first country to build a UFO landing pad in St. Paul, Alberta.

Even the Minister of National Defense, Paul Hellyer, was there for the grand opening back in 1967.

  1. There are 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 and black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars, moose, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, wolverine and lynx.

  1. Polar Bear Swim

In Vancouver, British Columbia residents take a plunge in to freezing water in English Bay. This tradition takes place on new year’s day at 2:30pm.

  1. Ogopogo

Canada has its own version of the Loch Ness monster located in the depths of Okanagan Lake. The sea creature has been spotted since the 19th century. Dinosaur world, Dinosaur Provincial Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the richest dinosaur fossil sites in the world. Over 40 dinosaur species have been found and over 500 specimens extracted.

  1. Olympic gold

Canada holds two records: most gold medals won by a country in a winter Olympics as well as most gold medals won by a host country in the winter Olympics. Both accomplished in Vancouver 2010.

  1. Wolverine origin

The grouchy yet loveable comic book icon is from Alberta, Canada.

  1. Where were you born?

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.

  1. Universal health care

Canadians have a heath care system predicated on a patient’s medical need as opposed to the ability to pay. 

  1. Canada produces 77% of the world’s maple syrup.
  2. Rudolph the red-nosed caribou  People in the United States call them reindeer, in Canada they are called caribou.
  3. The man of steel is a Canuck. His creator was Canadian born comic born artist Joseph “Joe” Shuster. 
  1. Polar bears 60% of the world’s polar bear population of approximately 25,000 live in Canada.
  2. Poutine is a popular food. Poutine is a delicious, unhealthy treat consisting of french fries, cheese curds and gravy. It originated in Quebec and new versions of the original recipe have been added such as bacon, avocado and even turkey with stuffing as toppings during Thanksgiving.
  3. Iceberg alert , Every spring, icebergs from Greenland float to Newfoundland and Labrador’s coast. They are harvested to make wine, beer, vodka and skin care products. 
  1. Brittish version,Canadians use English spelling so the following are spelled: colour, neighbour, centre, behaviour, labour…
  2. The name kanata is from the Iroquoian language meaning ‘village.’

When French explorer Jacques Cartier was invited by the Iroquois to their village ‘kanata,’ he thought that was the name of the country.

46. Montreal “Canadian Hollywood” Often called Hollywood North, the east coast city is second behind Los Angeles in tv production and third in North America for feature film productions.

  1. Hockey anyone? 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.
  2. Mars There is a crater on Mars named after the town of Gander in Newfoundland commemorating its pioneering efforts in aviation and aerospace.
  3. Michael Jordan thanks Canada. The game so loved by Americans was invented by Canadian James Naismith in 1891.

50.

Justin Pierre James Trudeau PC MP (born December 25, 1971) is a Canadian politician. He is the 23rd and current Prime Minister of Canada and leader of the Liberal Party. The second youngest prime minister after Joe Clark, he is also, as the eldest son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, the first to be related to a previous holder of the post

51. Parlez-vous Français? After Paris, Montreal is the largest French speaking city in the world.

52.  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.

53. Canada is the most educated country in the world. It has over 99% literacy rate and over half of Canadians have college degrees.

 

Lluviafm Staff

Article just to exhibit amazing facts of an amazing country, Country.

All Pictures belong to there respective owners and are exhibit only for Tourism Purposes only.

Enrique Rodriguez

Nancy Quevedo

Walter Chang

Mary Ann Dixie

Several sources of inofrmation:

Wikipedia

The Montreal Gazete

University of McGill

Mtl Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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