12 Interesting Facts About Canada | Canada Travel

Canada is actually quite a fascinating country. It’s the biggest global exporter of unusual food products; one of its territories fills with snakes and few people live in the country, compared to the rest of the world.

These fun facts about Canada will have you seeing our beautiful country in a whole new way.

1. It's Not Winter All The Time

When many people think of Canada they picture blizzards and polar bears. Canadians live in igloos, hockey pucks well it's true the Canadian winters can be intense and long but Canada does warm up during the summer in many other countries Canadian seasons are varied and unique visit in the summer or fall and you'll be surprised at just how warm it can get. 

2. Canadians Love Poutine.

The traditional story is that Poutine was invented by a Canadian. It originated in the 1950s in Warwick, Quebec when a trucker asked Fernand Lachance to add cheese curds to his fries. “Poutine” is Quebec slang for “a mess”.

3. Canada Has More Lakes Than The Rest of The World Combined. 

Canada has a lot of great things in abundance, like hockey players, parks and Tim Hortons franchises. But one of the most fascinating facts is that, Canada also have more surface area covered by lakes than any other country in the world. The country counts more than 3 Million lakes and 31,700 Big Lakes with an area over 300 hectares. It’s true! The Great White North has 563 lakes larger than 100 square kilometres. The Great Lakes alone contain about 18 per cent of the world’s fresh lake water. That’s a lot of water—and a lot of gorgeous scenery.

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4. Prepared For Aliens.

Canada is the first country in the world to create a landing pad specifically for UFOs. It’s located in St. Paul, Alberta and was opened in 1967. Even Canada’s Minister of National Defence at the time, Paul Hellyer, was there for the unveiling. The platform weighs just over 130 tons, and the concrete structure actually contains a time capsule, to be opened in 2067.

5. Inventor of Basketball 🏀

A Canadian invented basketball believe it or not it was the Canadian James Naismith a McGill University graduate who invented this popular sport back in 1891. Naismith was a physical education teacher at the YMCA International training school in Springfield Massachusetts.

 He struggled with a class of students who were disobedient and short-tempered due to being stuck inside all day thanks to a harsh winter he resolved to create an indoor game to keep the students distracted and that would help them stay in shape the end result was basketball a hundred years after James Naismith from Almonte Ontario vanity basketball was being played by hundreds of millions of people around the world.

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6. Canadians Seem to Love Saying Sorry. 

Many believe it to be Canadians favorite word and one in which they use a little too far often. So often, in fact, that the Canadian government actually passed a law protecting citizens from accidentally claiming responsibility for their actions simply because they said it. Before the Apology Act was passed on April 23, 2009, simply saying you were sorry could be used by an opposing lawyer to prove that you claimed to be the guilty party in a given case. Think about it, have you ever had someone bump into you and then you said sorry on reflex even though it was their fault? This law says that just because you instinctively apologized doesn't mean you've admitted any fault. The word sorry, at least in Canada, now only represents sympathy.

7. Canada Has The Worldrld’s Longest Coastline!


If you walked and never stopped—not to eat, not to rest your feet, not to get some sleep—it would take you four-and-a-half years to walk the length of Canada’s coastline. While the country might not conjure up images of blue waters and white sandy beaches, Canada has the world’s longest coastline, bordered on three sides by three different oceans: the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific.

8. Canadians are BIG Beer Drinkers.

Combined, the nation drinks more than 22,700,000 Hectoliters of beer annually! This means the average Canadianbdrinks 79 liters of beer every year. If you can’t even imagine how much beer that is, think of it as enough beer to fill at least 900 Olympic-size swimming pools.

There are more doughnut shops in Canada per capita than any other country. 

9. Mass Producer of Lentils

70% of the world’s Lentils are produced by and exported by Canada. Around 65% of the world's lentils are produced in the province of Saskatchewan alone. An additional 5% of the World's lentils are produced in the nearby provincea of Alberta and Manitoba. Ironically, Canada is far from the largest consumer of Lentils, with more than 80% going to India, where it is very common, acting as the core grain in their diet.

10. Canada is one of the Most Educated Country in The World

Canada is a country that recognizes the importance of quality education and this is reflected in its people. Over 56% of Canadian adults hold a college degree, the highest proportion among developed nations. The next most educated country in the world is Japan at just over 50%, followed by Israel with 49.9%.

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11. Largely Uninhabited

Around 90% of Canada is uninhabited. In contrast, it isn’t actually that much larger than the United States, but it amazingly has only 11% of America’s population. Of that population, 90% of Canadians live within 500 kilometers (311 miles) of the United States border. It’s also home to the world’s largest uninhabited island: Devon Island in Baffin Bay, Nunavut.

12. Canada’s National Parks Are Bigger Than Most Countries.

One of the most mind-blowing facts about Canada is that then country is so big, Neven its parks dwarf other countries. Just look at Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories: not only is it a sight to behold with massive waterfalls, it’s also an incredible 30,050 square kilometres—bigger than Albania and Israel. Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta and the Northwest Territories is even bigger at 44,807 square kilometres, which makes it bigger than Denmark and Switzerland.

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