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20 Awesome Things You Probably Didn't Know About Canada

Posted on 29 June 2016

Canada Day is just around the corner! Check out these 20 awesome facts about Canada you probably didn't know were true.

#1 If you need to contact Service Canada/Government of Canada you can actually dial 1-800-O-CANADA to gain access to offered services and information you may need.


#2 Fifty percent of the world’s polar bears live in Nunavut. 



#3 The Northwest Territories is called The Land Of The Midnight Sun because the sun barely sets around the summer solstice.


#4 Cheddar is the most popular cheese in Canada. On average Canadians consume 23.4 pounds per person annually. 


#5 Canada’s name comes from a misunderstanding between Jacques Cartier and some Iroquois youth who were pointing out a village (for which they used the word “Kanata”). They were actually trying to identify the small area which is present day Quebec City, but Cartier used the similar-sounding word “Canada” to refer to the whole area. 


#6 Each spring, the world’s largest concentration of snakes, up to 150,000 red garters, slither into rock dens for their annual mating ritual. Visitors can pick them up, so long as they’re gentle.


#7 Canada’s official languages may be French and English, but our geese have their own language: scientists believe that Canada geese have as many as 13 different calls for everything from greetings and warnings to happiness.

#8 For one day in 1943, Ottawa designated a hospital room to be "extraterritorial" (international) ground so a Dutch princess could be born a full Dutch citizen.

#9 Daylight savings time does not occur in Saskatchewan.

#10 Each Canadian eats an average of 190 eggs per year.


#11 A bear cub named Winnipeg was exported from Canada to the London Zoo in 1915. A little boy named Christopher Robin Milne loved to visit Winnipeg, or Winnie for short. His love for the bear cub inspired the stories written by his father, A.A. Milne, about Winnie-the-Poo. 


#12 Canada holds the record for the most gold medals ever won at the Winter Olympics, taking 14 Golds at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.


#13 Ontario is believed to be home to the world’s smallest jail, which measures only 24.3 sq metres.

#14 Police Departments in Canada give out "positive tickets" when they see people doing something positive.


#15 Canada is the World's Most Educated Country: over half its residents have college degrees. 

#16 Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world's lakes combined.

#17 Residents of Churchill, Canada, leave their cars unlocked to offer an escape for pedestrians who might encounter Polar Bears.

#18 Licence plates in the Canadian Northwest Territories are shaped like polar bears.

#19 Large parts of Canada have less gravity than the rest of Earth. The phenomenon was discovered in the 1960s.

#20 'Eh' is not placed just anywhere in a sentence. It's at the end used as a confirmation, agreement or question.

Pretty awesome, EH?

 

SOURCES:

http://www.hikebiketravel.com/18950/145-weird-fun-interesting-facts-canada/

https://www.buzzfeed.com/tanyachen/delightful-facts-about-canada?utm_term=.aca2YDxw3#.oj8lZWKb8

http://www.1stcontact.com/blog/social/funstuff-social/20-interesting-facts-canada

http://factualfacts.com/world/fun-facts-canada/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

http://www.factslides.com/s-Canada

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