Happy Canada Day – here are some Canadian fun facts about our incredible country!!
You probably know that our national icon is the Beaver, Moose and Canadian goose. Our official languages are English and French and we have ‘Canadian Tire’ and colourful money, our $1. and $2. coins are called the loonie and toonie and gosh we love our Tim Horton Donuts and Coffee….but here are a few more facts you may not know….
1) Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia. However, its population density is 8.6 people per square mile, making Canada the ninth-most sparsely populated nation in the world.
2) The country is divided into 10 provinces and 3 territories.
3) Hockey and Lacrosse are Canada’s national sports but Canadian James Naismith invented basketball to give his physical education students at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, an indoor team sport to play during the long winters.
4) Canadians consume more macaroni and cheese (Kraft Dinner) than any other nation in the world.
5) Canada shares the longest land border in the world with the United States, totaling 8891 kilometres (5525 miles).
6) Canada has over 30,000 lakes.
7) Canada officially got its own national flag on February 15, 1965 — almost 100 years after it became a country (in 1867).
8) The Mounted Police were formed in 1873, with nine officers.g In 1920, the Mounted Police merged with the Dominion Police to become the famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
9) Canadians have made many important inventions, including Kerosene, the electron microscope, the electronic organ, insulin, the IMAX film system, the snowmobile, the zipper, electric cooking range, the baseball glove, plexiglass, antigravity suits, dental mirrors, goalie mask, pacemakers, paint rollers, pizza delivery, roller skates, snowmobiles, snow blowers, walkie talkies, Yahtzee, washing machines
10) A black bear cub from Canada named Winnipeg (or “Winnie,” for short) was one of the most popular attractions at the London Zoo after it was donated to the zoo in 1915. Winnie became a favorite of Christopher Robin Milne and inspired the stories written by his father, A.A. Milne, about Winnie-the-Pooh.
Pretty cool eh? (oh we say Eh (pronounced “A” a lot)