What do you know about Canada? Here’s a list of 25 Interesting facts about Canada and Canadians that you probably didn’t know! Further down you can also read some more general information such as total population, highest mountain, the biggest city, official languages, national song, currency etc.
To make this even more fun, I want to challenge you. How many of these Canada facts do you already know? Share your result in the comment section at the end of the article!
1. Canada is the second largest country in the world
Only Russia has a larger land area in the world. Canada’s total area measures a total of 9.984 million square kilometers.
2. Canadians drink more than 22,700,000 hectolitres of beer per year
That’s a lot of beer and about 80% of all alcohol consumed is beer. On average this means that one Canadian drinks about 79 liters per year. The place where they drink the most in the country is in the territory of Yukon with an average of 128 liters per person annually.
3. An Apology Act
Canadians are known for apologizing and saying sorry. Undoubtedly this can lead to complicated situations in court since an apology could suggest guilt. In 2009 An apology act was passed which made apologies inadmissible in court.
4. One of the friendliest countries in the world
I have never met a rude Canadian, and several reports list the Canucks as one of the friendliest and polite people in the world.
5. The World’s most educated country
At least 56% of the total population have earned some sort of degree for their education after high-school. That’s 6% more than Japan at second place. That’s quite an achievement and something to be proud of!
6. Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined
There are 3 million lakes in Canada if you include smaller lakes as well. That’s more lakes than what the rest of the world has combined. Another interesting fact here is that they also have 20% of the world’s freshwater here.
7. At least 10% of the population are vegetarians or vegans
Vegetarianism and Veganism are on the rise worldwide, especially in the younger generations. It’s estimated that 10% of the Canadians refer to themselves as Vegetarians or Vegans. The number is higher among the youth up to the age of 35.
8. Famous Canadians
Did you know that Justin Bieber is Canadian? Yes, that’s right. He and several other celebrities are of Canadian origin. For example, Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Celine Dion, Ryan Gosling, William Shatner, Pamela Anderson, Keanu Reeves, Drake, Wayne Gretzky, and Shania Twain are just a few of the most famous Canucks!
9. Home to the biggest population of wild bears
Of 25 000 Polar Bears, about 15 000 live in the northern parts of Canada. But it’s also home to large populations of Black Bears, Grizzly Bears, and Kermode Bears. The vast nature and area are perfect habitats for these majestic animals.
10. Diversity and acceptance
Another thing that Canadians can pride themselves with is their diversity and high acceptance for different lifestyles, religion, sex, ethnicity and much more.
11. Canada’s lowest recorded temperature was -63 degrees Celsius (-81.4 Fahrenheit)
Canadian winters are freezing just like the rest of the northern hemisphere. The lowest recorded temperature here was minus 63 degrees Celsius, or minus 81.4 Fahrenheit.
12. Around 90% of Canada’s land area is uninhabited
This is definitely one of the interesting facts about Canada. A total of 90% of the land is uninhabited. To put it into perspective, the country is only a bit larger than the U.S. but only has 11% of America’s population.
13. The longest coastline in the world
If you would walk non-stop around the Canadian coastline, it would take about 4.5 years. Their coastline measures a total of 202,080 kilometers and is the longest coastline in the world!
14. Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city after Paris
That’s probably one of the facts about Canada that you didn’t know, but there is a large population of the country that speaks French, and Montreal is one of the biggest Canadian cities.
15. Canadians love poutine and maple syrup
I still haven’t met any Canadian who doesn’t love their Maple Syrup. Poutine is very popular too.
5 x Fun Facts about Canada and Canadians
- Canadians consume more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world
- The world’s first landing pad for UFO’s was built in St Paul, Alberta.
- One of the happiest nations in the world (ranked #7 in 2018 Happiness Report)
- Canadians are also sometimes referred to as “Canucks”
- The nation’s official phone number is 1-800-O-Canada
5 x Canada Facts for kids
- Hockey and lacrosse are Canada’s national sports
- Every Christmas, 1 million letters are addressed to Santa Claus
- Canada’s national parks have free admission for kids
- Ogopogo is a mythical creature living in Okanagan Lake, British Columbia and is similar to the Loch Ness monster
- The Beaver is the national animal of Canada
General Facts about Canada
Here are some more general Canada Facts, such as total population, the official language, Highest mountain, currency, time zone, biggest cities etc.
- Total Population: 37,067,011.
- Capital: Ottawa.
- Biggest City: Toronto
- Highest Mountain: Mount Logan – 5959 meters above the sea.
- Land area: 9,984,670 km2
- Biggest Lake: Great Bear Lake (Largest lake entirely within Canadian territory)
- National Day: 1 July.
- Government: Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy
- Prime minister: Justin Trudeau
- Currency: Canadian Dollars (CAD)
- Official language: English and French.
- Member of Nato: Yes.
- National song: “O Canada”
- Official website: Canada.ca
- Time zone: From UTC -03:30 to UTC -08:00 (six time zones in total)
- Country Number/Prefix: +1
- Country Code: CA
- Quebec City
Flag of Canada
One of the most recognized flags in the world thanks to the iconic maple leaf.
Below, you can see a Map of Canada showing the different provinces.
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