Canada Facts

25 Awesome Facts about Canada

Here on this page about Canada Facts you will find 25 fascinating facts and interesting information - not only for kids but for all who want to know more about this wonderful country.

Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia. The country is divided into ten provinces and three territories. This huge country in North America has lots of superlatives on offer. 

Canada Facts

  • Nunavut territory in Northern Canada was just created in 1999 and is home to the Inuit population.
  • Canada has the longest coastline in the world with 202,080km (WorldFactBook)
  • Did you know that the number plate for cars, motorbikes and snowmobiles in the Northern State of Nunavut is the shape of a polar bear?
  • Three Canadian islands are among the top ten biggest islands in the world. They are: Baffin Islands (more than double the size of Great Britain), Victoria Island and Ellesmere Island (both are roughly the size of England).
  • Canada has more than 31,700 big lakes (over 300ha.)
  • The country also has two of the biggest lakes in the world: Great Bear Lake and Great Slave Lake.
  • Montreal, Canada's second biggest city after Toronto, is also the second biggest city in the world  (after Paris) that has a French-speaking population after Paris?
  • Nine out of ten Canadians live in the US-Canada border region (up to 200km from the US/Canada border).
  • The Bay of Fundi in the eastern part of Canada has the highest tides in the world. The waves there are more than thirteen metres high.
  • Jasper Nationalpark in the Rocky Mountains spans over several vegetation zones.
  • Canada's biggest bay is Hudson Bay which was discovered in 1610.
Polar Bear at Hudson Bay by CHBaum at ShutterstockCanadian polar bear in the tundra at Hudson Bay
  • Canada's longest river is McKenzie River in the North West. The river is 2,635miles or 4,241km long.
  • The highest mountain in Canada is with 19,551ft or 5,959m the Mount Logan in the Yukon Territory at the border with Alaska.
  • Canada is the second largest oil reserve holder after Saudi Arabia
  • Canada is the world's leader in uranium mining. Uranium is used in nuclear power plants for producing electricity.
  • Canada is the world leader of hydro electricity.
  • More than 35 Million people live in Canada (2014), of these 1,4 Million are Aboriginal people (First Nation 'Indian' People, Metis and Inuit). Did you know, that 21 June is celebrated as 'National Aboriginal Day' in Canada. This is a day of celebration for Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
  • Life expectancy at birth is 81 years.
  • The Literacy Rate is 99%, so almost all Canadians can read and write.
  • Canada is a popular country for immigration. The country is said to have the largest population growth of the industrialised countries (G-8) in 2013. 
  • The most travellers arriving in Canada come from the USA, the United Kingdom and France. The most popular countries for travel for Canadians are the USA, Mexico and Cuba.
  • There are more than 2,800 hockey rinks in Canada. However, almost twice as many kids under 14 years play soccer than hockey. Ice-Hockey is still the second most practised sport in Canada for all over 15 years of age, after golf, but before soccer!
  • The Trans-Canada highway is said to be the longest national highway in the world.
  • Timber is one of the main exports, half of Canada's landmass contains forest.
  • Canada Day, the national holiday, is celebrated on 1 July.

Image Credits:

References: BBC News: Canada Profile latest update 24 April 2014

Canada Statistics: Government of Canada official website

Radio Canada: Hockey by the Numbers. Interesting article on junior sports

The Canadian Encyclopedia: various Geo quizzes, last accessed 3 September 2014

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