Canada has become famous for being a quirky, overly friendly country with tons of moose and snow. While this may be somewhat true, there is more to this North American country than we may realise. Let’s uncover some of Canada’s most interesting facts that you may not know.
20 facts worth knowing about Canada
- When Canada became a country, it had no flag. It only received its flag 100 years later in 1965.
- It is against the law to depict criminal acts in comic books.
- A crater on Mars has been named after the Canadian town of Gander. This was done to honour the town’s effort in terms of space research.
- Smith is the most common surname in the country.
- “Eh” is a real word and has been listed in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.
- You can write to Santa and get a response. People all over the world can write a letter to Santa in their native language and receive a response from the big man. The address that needs to be used is North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada.
- 77 percent of the world’s maple syrup supply comes from Quebec.
- In Nanaimo, people race their bathtubs. This is part of a longstanding aquatic tradition.
- Canada is home to more lakes than any other country, and as such, is home to 20 percent of the fresh water in the world.
- Alberta’s Banff National Park has overpasses over highways that allow wildlife and plants to grow on. This helps to prevent habitat destruction as well as road accidents involving animals.
- Canada also has a lake monster. Ogopogo supposedly lives in Lake Okanagan and is said to be very similar to the Loch Ness Monster.
- Hockey may be popular in the country, but it is not the national sport. Lacrosse happens to be the national sport of this hockey-loving nation.
- The worlds most debated pizza, the Hawaiian pizza, was created in a=Canada and not in Hawaii as you have been led to believe.
- Hudson Bay has an area that has less gravity than the rest of the world.
- 30 percent of the country is covered by thick forest and trees.
- While buying sexual services is illegal in the country, the selling of sexual services is not. Go figure.
- The Americans have invaded the country twice, once in 1775 and again in 1812.
- Toronto’s Rogers Centre is home to the world’s biggest Sony TV.
- It is the mac and cheese capital in the world. The county consumes more mac and cheese than any other country.
- Old Quebec is walled off. This is because it is an official UNESCO World Heritage site.
We hope that you were as surprised by some of these facts as we were, and that they were as fun to read as playing Bingo in Malaysia. If anything, we hope that this has helped to shed some light on this mysterious, icy country.