Canada day falls on the 1 st of July, and it is the national day of Canada (in case you couldn’t guess!). July 1 st 1867 was the day when three colonies were united into the single country of Canada. So to commemorate this special day, we’ve written up a list of fun facts about our neighbors in the north.
1. An ocean view
The Canadian motto, “A Mari Usque ad Mare”, literally means from sea to sea. Seeing as it has the longest coastline in the world at 125,566 miles, it’s a pretty apt motto! Although we’re not lining up to swim in Canada, sailing could be fun!
The USA invaded Canada not once, but twice! First in 1775 and then AGAIN in 1812.
3. First place
Canada has the highest number of gold medals in the world from the Winter Olympics. We knew there had to be a benefit to all that snow! Apart from making snowmen and ice-fishing of course.
4. A big village
Canada was named Canada by mistake; the word “Kanata” literally means village in the language of the local people, and the French explorer Jacques Cartier and his party mistakenly thought that was the name of the country.
5. Pamela Anderson
Yes, the Bay Watch actress is, in fact, Canadian and not from Malibu. Who knew?
6. How much maple?!
77% of the whole world’s maple syrup is produced in Quebec – not even the whole of Canada, just the region of Quebec! That’s a lot of pancake heavenliness!
Canada also has the largest number of doughnut shops per capita (per person) than anywhere else in the world. That’s a lot of sugar per person…!
8. Brits over Americans
Canadians like their colours over their colors, and their neighbours more than their neighbors. That’s
right, the Canucks prefer to spell things like the Queen. Seeing as she’s their Queen too, that would make a lot of sense!
The world’s longest beard, reaching 7’9’’, belongs to a Canadian! That takes some serious patience and probably some really good beard oil.
Apparently it’s totally free to send mail to Canada’s government. We think it’s great that people are encouraged to get involved in politics and directly message people in power.
Speaking of mail, you can write to Santa in any language and send it to North Pole, HOH OHO, Canada, and receive a reply from Santa himself!
12. Canada is so great…
… that Americans pretend to be Canadian when they travel abroad.
13. Bathtub race!
Every year in Nanaimo, a bathtub race is held on the water. If that doesn’t make you want to visit Canada, we don’t know what will! (Oh wait, yes we do – Ryan Gosling is Canadian!)