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Facts about Canada that will surprise you

Written by on June 27, 2019

Thought you knew everything about the true north strong and free? 


Canada is the second largest country in the world.

Canada only got its own flag 100 years after it became a country – on February 15, 1965.

The famous Canadian interjection “eh” is actually listed in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary as a valid word.

Quebec manufactures more than 77% of the world’s maple syrup.

Canada shares the largest demilitarized border in the world with the United States.

Canada has six time zones.

Twenty percent of the world’s fresh water is in Canada, and it has more lakes than any other country.

Half of the country is covered with forests, which should come as no surprise considering one-tenth of the world’s forests are here.

The most common last name in Canada is “Li”.

Only in Canada could it go from -19 degrees C to 22 degree C in an hour! (Pincher Creek, Alberta in 1962. Look it up!).

As much as Canadians love hockey, their other national sport is Lacrosse – a First Nations game.

Hawaiian pizza was actually invented by an Ontario man, not by the Hawaiians.

There’s an area in the Hudson Bay region has less gravity than the rest of the planet.

The lowest temperature ever recorded in Canada was in Snag, YT at –63 degrees C.

The highest waterfall in Canada is Della Falls, British Columbia, 440 metres high (1,444 feet).

The highest mountain in Canada is Mount Logan, Yukon Territory, 5959 metres (19,551 feet).

Ocean Falls, British Columbia has on average 330 days of rain per year. Yuck!

Estevan, Saskatchewan is reportedly the sunniest place in Canada with 2,537 hours of sunshine per year.

Canada is home to 42 national parks, 167 national historic sites and four marine conservation areas.

Fifty percent of the world’s polar bears live in Nunavut.

You can write a letter in any language and send it to the North Pole, H0H oHo, Canada and you will receive a letter back from Santa.

Canada has the world’s smallest jail – in Rodney, Ontario; it’s only 24.3 square metres (270 square feet).

Canada has the world’s longest coastline. If you walked and never stopped, it would take you four-and-a-half years to walk the length of Canada’s coastline.

At the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, you can run on the sea bed in a “Not Since Moses” run, but you have to make it across before the 100 billion tons of water rush back!

Forget the Loch Ness Monster: Canada has its own mysterious lake creature, Ogopogo, who reportedly lives in Lake Okanagan, British Columbia.