Have you ever wondered about the length of the shore in Canada? Or are you intrigued to know more about the much-talked about tertiary sector in this beautiful country? If you think you know everything about Canada, then you might want to go through this article one more time. Despite of being ruled by the British for so long, Canada emerged as an amazing country, together with a miscellany of characteristics, in a short notice. It is known not only for its peaceful atmosphere but also for its cleanliness; even river waters are so clean that you can actually drink water without any requirement of filtration. Located in the continent of North America, Canada stretches between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. Today Canada, amidst opulence of tourist attractions, rules the charts of top tourism destinations around the world. To explore this country more, check out these interesting, fun facts about Canada.
Continent: North America
Area: 9,984,670 km2
Currency: Canadian dollar
Official Languages: English and French
Calling Code: +1
Type Of Government: Federal parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy
Fun & Interesting Facts About Canada
- With 9,971,000 square kilometers of area, Canada is the second largest country in the world, behind Russia.
- Canada’s common border with the United States is the world's longest land border.
- The glove for baseball was invented in Canada in 1883.
- ‘Kanata’ is the Iroquoian-St. Lawrence word for ‘settlement’.
- French is the second largest language spoken in Canada.
- With 243,000 kms of shore, Canada has the longest coastline in the world.
- Canada also has the smallest jail of the world in Rodney, Ontario. It covers area of 24.3 sq. meters (about 270 sq. ft.).
- Canada has the highest quality of life in the world, as per the United Nations Human Development Index.
- Toronto is the largest city of Canada. Its home to more than 5 million people and its dwellers are known to hold more university educations than any country in the world.
- Canada economy is the ninth biggest economy of the world.
- Many famous authors hail from Canada including, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood and Lucy Montgomery.
- Some of the oldest fossils and evidence indicating human activity, over 20,000 years ago, are found in the caves of Bluefish River in Yukon.
- Alberta district has 50% of the world’s bitumen deposits.
- The average life expectancy at birth for a Canadian is 81.16 years, the eighth highest in the world.
- Canada contains 9% of the world's renewable water supply.
- Charles Fenerty, a poet from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was the first person to use wood fibers to make paper. He produced paper from wood pulp in 1841.
- The world's strongest current is found in the Nakwakto Rapids at Slingsby Channel, British Columbia. The current has been measured at speeds up to 18.4 miles per hour.
- Manitou Lake on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron is the world's largest lake within a lake
- Contrary the popular opinion, Canada doesn’t own the North Pole. Indeed, the North Pole is not owned by any country.
- Santa Claus is believed to be from Canada.
- Canada is the eighth biggest trader in the world. Amidst all producers of natural gas, copper, zinc, nickel, aluminum, and gold in the world, Canada comes in the top five.
- Many great inventions, like basketball, the electric light bulb, the electric range, the electron microscope, standard time, the television, the telephone, and the zipper, took birth in Canada.
- Alert, in Nunavut territory, is the northernmost permanent settlement in the world..
- Canada is also known to be the fifth largest energy producer; it provides electricity to the U.S. too.
- Canada has the highest tertiary education enrolment in the world.
- Canada officially got its national flag on February 15, 1965, almost a century after it became a country.
- Canada is home to its own version of its mysterious lake monster called ‘Ogopogo’, which apparently lives in Lake Okanagan.
- The Moosehead Brewery in New Brunswick churns out 1642 bottles of beer per minute every day.
- Canada is a major producer and consumer of cheese, Cheddar being the most produced. Around 3, 50,000 tons of 32 varieties of cheese are produced every year. So, if you love cheese, this is definitely your utopia!
- The population density is 8.6 people per sq. mile, making the country one of the ninth most sparsely populated countries in the world.
- The east coast of Canada was inhabited by Vikings around 1000 AD. Archeological evidence supporting the same has been found in Vinland.