Happy 145th Birthday, Canada!

I thought I could celebrate Canada with you today by sharing 15 random, fun facts!

Fun Facts about Canada


1. Manitou Lake on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron is the world’s largest lake within a lake (41.1 square miles).


2. The CN Tower in Toronto was the world’s tallest free-standing structure until it was eclipsed in 2007.


3. The West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, was once the world’s largest shopping mall. It now ranks fifth, but it still contains the world’s largest indoor amusement park.


4. The world’s strongest current is found in the Nakwakto Rapids at Slingsby Channel, British Columbia. The current has been measured at speeds up to 18.4 miles per hour


5. Canada has made a significant contribution to rock and roll, beginning with “Sh-Boom” by the Crew-Cuts in 1954. Other famous Canadian rock-and-rollers include Paul Anka, Neil Young, the Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Steppenwolf, Avril Lavigne, Rush, Bryan Adams, and Barenaked Ladies.


6. 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


7. The Moosehead Brewery in Saint John, New Brunswick, turns out 1,642 bottles of beer per minute. Cheers to that!


8. Canadians have made many important inventions, including Kerosene, the electron microscope, the electronic organ, insulin, the IMAX film system, the snowmobile, and the electric cooking range.


9. Canada contains 9% of the world’s renewable water supply.


10. Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world at 151,600 miles.


11. Canada became a country on July 1, 1867, when the British North America Act was passed by the 
British Parliament.


12. Newfoundland was the first part of Canada to be explored by Europeans. Ironically, it was the last area to become a province, in 1949.


13. The average life expectancy at birth for a Canadian is 81.16 years, the eighth highest in the world. The United States ranks 46th, at 78.14 years


14. “O Canada,” originally named “Chant national,” was written by Adolphe-Basile Routhier (French lyrics) and Calixa Lavallée (music) and first performed in Quebec City in 1880. The song was approved by the Parliament of Canada in 1967 as the unofficial national anthem and adopted officially on July 1, 1980.


15. Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario was formerly listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest street in the world at 1,896km (1,178mi).


Source: Random Facts and Wiki


9 Comments on Happy Birthday, Canada! #TGCBB

  1. fredamans
    July 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm (5 years ago)

    Happy Canada day!

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  2. Christine
    July 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm (5 years ago)

    Love this post! Happy Canada Day (belated)! Wooooooooot! Manitoulin Island got a mention here! 🙂 I live on Manitoulin Island. A definite MUST SEE 🙂 One of Canada’s hidden gems 🙂

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  3. Just Us Girls
    July 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm (5 years ago)

    I hope you and your family had a great long weekend! Thanks for those facts, some I didn’t know at all, lol.

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  4. Ashley
    July 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm (5 years ago)

    We sure do live in a diverse country.

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  5. Bonnie Way
    July 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm (5 years ago)

    Cool! I knew some of those details and others I didn’t. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Reply
  6. Nolie
    July 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm (5 years ago)

    And the best fact of all: Canada ROCKS!

    Reply
  7. shashers Life
    July 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm (5 years ago)

    I love Canada Fun Facts!! 🙂

    Did you know that we were responsible for the Zipper and for the mini-skirt fad in the 60’s?!!

    Reply

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