25 Amazing 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. - Updated 1 March 2019 -
Canada is the largest country in the Western hemisphere and the second largest country in the world after Russia.
The country is divided into ten provinces and three territories and is home to more than 37 million people.
This huge country on the North American continent has lots of superlatives on offer as you will read here.
25 Canada Facts and Amazing Canada Superlatives
- Canada has the longest coastline in the world with 202,080km/125.567miles
- 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 that are over 300ha. big. In fact more than half of all the lakes in the world are located in Canada!
- 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?
Montreal, the second most populated city in Canada
- 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.
- Nunavut territory in Northern Canada was only created in 1999 and is home to the Inuit population. 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?
Canadian 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.
- 37 million people live in Canada. Life expectancy at birth is 81 years.
- The Literacy Rate is 99%, so almost all Canadians can read and write.
- About 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.
First Nations people celebrating - image by Anton Bielousov
- The national holiday is called Canada Day and is celebrated on 1 July.
- Canada is a popular country for immigration. The country is said to have the largest population growth of the industrialised countries (G-7).
- 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. Ice hockey comes after golf, but before soccer!
Ice Hockey Match between Canada and the USA
- Canada is the world leader in uranium mining. Uranium is used in nuclear power plants for producing electricity.
- The North American country is also the second largest oil reserve holder after Saudi Arabia.
- Canada is second biggest producer of hydro electric power - after China.
- The Trans-Canada highway is said to be the longest national highway in the world.
- Half of Canada's landmass contains forest. Timber is among the main exports of the country.
Canada - Forest as far as the eye can see
Did you know that Canada will be heading to the moon soon? They will participate in the Lunar Gateway project as was announced on 28 February 2019. Read more here.
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Image Credits on Canada Facts: Shutterstock.com, icehockey image by Iurii Osadchi, First Nations people by Anton Bielousov