All You Can Books : Travel Series
Thought you knew all there was to know about the true north strong and free? These surprising facts about Canada will have you seeing this beautiful country in a whole new way.
Top 10 Interesting Facts about Canada
- World’s longest non-military border
The world’s longest non-military border is between Canada and the United States. It stretches for 5,525 miles. 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.
2. Santa Claus is Canadian
Canada’s Immigration Minister declared in 2012 that Santa Claus was indeed a Canadian citizen. He also suggested that this is why his signature look is a red and white suit – the colors of Canada. To send letters to Santa, children can use this address: Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada.
3. The Maple Capital
Of the world’s maple syrup, 71% comes from Canada, which probably isn’t surprising. But what is fascinating is that 91% of maple syrup production occurs in Quebec alone, according to Pure Canada Maple.
4. Canada welcomes 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.
The famous Canadian interjection “eh” is actually listed in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary as a valid word.
6. Canada has bathtub Race!
The townspeople of Nanaimo, B.C. race their bathtubs as part of an annual aquatic tradition.
7. The Polar Bear Capital
Churchill in northern Manitoba is the world’s polar bear capital. Approximately 15,500 of the world’s 25,000 polar bears live in Churchill, because of its access to frozen Hudson Bay, which is where they live in winter. It’s also the only place in the world with a polar bear prison, and sometimes the town is home to more polar bears than people. The few residents who live there also leave their cars and homes unlocked in case they or a visitor need a quick escape from a polar bear.
8. Canada Loves Kraft
Canada consumes more mac and cheese than any other country in the world.
9. Canada has national parks bigger than countries
Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories: not only is it a sight to behold with massive waterfalls, it’s bigger than Albania and Israel. Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta and the Northwest Territories is even bigger than Denmark and Switzerland.
Don’t miss this spectacular gallery of Canada’s most beautiful waterfalls.
10. It is as cold as Mars in Canada
A temperature of -63 C (-81.4 F) was recorded in the small village of Snag on Feb. 3, 1947. That’s roughly the same temperature as the surface of Mars!
Canada is an officially bilingual country, with two official languages: French and English. If you ever need to brush up your French, All You Can Books offers easy to learn foreign courses.
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