There are many facts about Canada you may find interesting, especially if you are not from there or you don’t know much about the country. Aside from being one of the biggest countries in the world, many information about this nation can be quite educational, to say the least.
Here are some of the curious facts about Canada:
- Being the second largest country in the world, Canada is comprised of 6 time zones. Yes! This North American country beats the most famous nation, the United States, which only has 3. Canada has a total area of 9,984,670 square kilometres.
- Canada has both the longest coastline and street in the world. Its shoreline is 202, 080 kilometres long. The longest street, Yonge, is found in Ontario and has a distance of around 2,000 kilometres.
- Who doesn’t know about Winnie-the-Pooh? This friendly bear was based from a Winnipeg bear cub which lived in the early 1900s. A.A. Milne, the author of the children’s story, had a son named Cristopher Robin, who always visited Winnipeg to visit the cub, which was then shipped from Canada to the London Zoo in 1915.
- Want to know where the largest big screen is in the world? You guessed it right! The Sony big screen is found in at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, used to be called the SkyDome. The screen measures 10 metres by 33.6 metres.
- The once most popular mobile phone manufacturer, Blackberry, was established in Ontario, Canada. It was specifically developed in the offices of Research in Motion’s Waterloo.
- At some points in history, the United States wasn’t as friendly to Canada as it is now. In 1775 and 1812, US invaded the Canadian region.
- How big is the largest coin? It has a diameter of 9 meters and a reproduction of the 1951 Canadian nickel. The largest coin is found in Sudbury, Ontario.
- Canada is big at the Winter Olympics. This is only natural since the country experiences very long winter seasons. Many athletes focus on honing their skills in winter sports, since they have the facilities to do so. After the 2010 Winter Olympics, Canada still holds the most gold won in the said sports tournament.
- Canada isn’t supposed to be the name of this North American country. According to myths, the name sprung from a misunderstanding between the local Natives and French explorer, Jacques Cartier. These Natives invited the visitor to their Kanata, which means village. Cartier then assumed that this is the name of the place.
Love insects? Canada has around 55,000 species of these creepy crawlies.