Although we usually refer to the 150th Canada Day as Canada’s 150th Birthday, the country did exit before July 1, 1867. A more accurate explanation is that Canada Day marks an important event in the country’s history which is the joining of the colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a British federation of four provinces: Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. Over the years, Canada gained more independence over its own affairs from the British rule. Here are fifteen interesting facts about Canada.
Canada 150 Reflections
The following are facts and interesting information about Canada:
1- A linguistic error between Jacques Cartier and an indigenous community gave Canada the name Canada. When an indigenous group attempted to invite Cartier to their village, they repeated the word for village, “kanata.” Cartier misunderstood and thought they were referring to the whole land. He began to use “kanata” which eventually evolved into Canada.
2- Canada’s national anthem, O Canada, was written in 1880 but it was not until 1980, that it was officially adopted.
3- Canada’s population is over 36 million. About one in five Canadians was born in another country.
4- Canada is the second largest country in the world, first being Russia.
5- Canada’s flag has 11 points on the maple leaf.
6- The oldest rocks in the world are in Canada, 4.28 billion years, specifically on the eastern shores of Hudson Bay. And, dinosaurs used to live in Canada. More than forty species’ fossils were found at Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park.
7- Canada’s lowest recorded temperature was -81.4 F / -63 C in 1947.
8- Canada has more lakes that the rest of the world’s lakes combined and has six time zones from coast to coast.
9- The first known use of a the word ‘Canuck’ in reference to a Canadian was in 1835.
10- Canada is the most educated country as over half of its residents have college degrees.
11- To write to Santa and get a reply, write in any language to HOH OHO, Canada.
12- Basketball was in vented in Canada and Canada’s national sport is hockey.
13- In 1921, Frederick Banting and Charles H. Best discovered insulin at the University of Toronto.
14- Canada’s national animal is the beaver and bird is the gray jay.
15- Tim Hortons was founded by a Canadian hockey legend namesake in 1964. Since its creation in 1976, Canadians have eaten so many Timbits that if they lined them up from end to end, they would extend from the moon and back five times.