It is a common piece of knowledge that Canadian people are some of the nicest people in the world. However, located in the Northern part of North America, Canada is known for much more than its generous and friendly population. In this article, we will cover 10 interesting facts about Canada and Canadians.
Canada is a North American country with a population of 35 million people. It’s the second-largest country in the world, after Russia.
Canada has been inhabited for at least 10,000 years by indigenous peoples who migrated from Asia. The first Europeans arrived in the 16th century, and France claimed the territory in 1534. Great Britain established colonies there in 1763, which became Canada as we know it today.
The country has three official languages: English and French are both used throughout the country; there are also two aboriginal languages that each have about 1% of the population speaking them as their mother tongue (Inuktitut and Cree).
The capital city is Ottawa. The largest city is Toronto (with 2 million residents).
Canada has a rich cultural heritage as a result of its diverse population—the “cultural mosaic” includes English Canadians (about 31%), French Canadians (20%), aboriginal peoples (0.5%) and immigrants from all over the world.
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Today we have rounded up some interesting facts about Canada and Canadians.
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Facts About Canada and Canadians
1. Canada is the most educated country in the world
Canada is the most educated country in the world, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The report examined various levels of education and showed that more Canadians have high school diplomas, college degrees, and graduate degrees than citizens of any other OECD country. The report also found that Canada had one of the highest rates of adults with post-secondary degrees in the world.
2. Land of lakes
Canada has more than 3 million lakes. They also have 20% of the world’s freshwater.
There’s a popular saying that goes something like, “Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.” And it’s true. They have so many lakes that they even have their own government department: Environment Canada.
3. Canada’s lowest recorded temperature is even less than that of Mars
Canada’s lowest recorded temperature is 63 degrees Celsius, which is even lesser than that of Mars.
The coldest temperature ever recorded in Canada was -63°C (-81°F) on February 3, 1947, at Snag, Yukon. This means that the lowest temperature ever recorded in Canada is a full 12 degrees colder than the lowest temperature ever recorded on Mars (which, as of January 2014, was -70°C).
So if you’re looking for a place to go when it gets really cold—Canada might be your best bet!
4. Only 10% of Canada’s land is inhabited
Canada is a big country—but it’s one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Around 90% of Canada’s land is uninhabited, and that’s why Canadians are so fond of their wilderness.
Canada is about twice as big as the United States, but with only 11% of America’s population. But if you want to compare it to another country, Canada is roughly the same size and population as Indonesia or Brazil. And while there are some areas where you can find people living in large numbers—like Toronto or Vancouver—those cities are still only 6% of Canada’s total population!
5. Canada has the largest coastline in the world
The country’s coastline measures almost 202,080 km which makes it the longest in the world. The second-longest coastline belongs to Russia with a length of 168,000 km and third place goes to Greenland with 38,800 km.
Canada has three oceans: Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic.
The Atlantic Ocean occupies most of Canada’s territory as it covers approximately 12 million square kilometres or 77% of the country’s total area.
The Pacific Ocean borders British Columbia on its northwest side and stretches down along the west coast until it reaches Alaska.
To its south lies the Arctic Ocean which is located above Canada’s northernmost point (Ellesmere Island).
6. Canada has 10% of the world’s forest
Canada is home to 10% of the world’s forests. That’s 396.9 million hectares!
The country is home to a wide variety of forest types and ecosystems, including boreal forests and temperate rain forests. Canada also has some unique species found only in Canadian forests, like the American marten, which is a member of the weasel family.
In addition to being beautiful and ecologically important, Canadian forests are also a huge economic resource for the country—they provide jobs for about one million Canadians and generate $111 billion annually for Canada’s economy.
7. Canada has a huge variety of insects
Canada is home to 55,000 different species of insects.
That’s a lot of bugs! We’re talking everything from bedbugs to butterflies, from ants to spiders.
Insects are a huge part of Canada’s ecosystem, but they also play an important role in our lives as well. For example, bees pollinate crops like apples and cucumbers, and flies can be used for medical testing because they can eat things that humans can’t.
Insects are even more important than you might think: they make up about 80% of all animal species on Earth! That means there are more insects than there are mammals or birds put together!
8. Canada was named by a French explorer
Canada was named by a French explorer who mistakenly thought that the name of the country is Canada.
Jacques Cartier came to Canada in 1535 and was invited to the Kanata (village) by a local. He mistakenly thought that the name of the country was Canada.
Years later, when Cartier returned to Europe, he told everyone that he had discovered a new country called Canada. But he actually named it after the village where he stayed!
9. Canada has 6 time zones
Canada, a country in the northern portion of North America, has a total area of 9,984,670 sq km and comprises 6 time zones.
The 6 time zones are Eastern Time (ET), Central Time (CT), Mountain Time (MT), Pacific Time (PT), Alaska Time (AKT) and Hawaii-Aleutian Time (HAT).
10. Canada is home to 2000 km street
Canada has the longest street in the world, around 2000 km in length. The street is called Tongue street and it starts at Lake Ontario and ends at Minnesota.
The street was named after a group of explorers who were trying to find a way through Canada to the Pacific Ocean. They were looking for a river that flowed from west to east and they believed that if they followed this river all the way, they would reach Asia. However, they could not find this river so they decided to go back home by following the same route they came from.
After returning home, one of them named John Fleming wrote about their journey in his book “The Voyageur.” This book became famous and people started calling it “Tongue Street.” It soon became known as one of Canada’s most famous streets!
So these were some interesting facts about Canada.
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