Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Few Canadian Fun Facts

  • The name Canada derived from the Huron-Iroquois kanata meaning village or settlement.
  • Canada is the world's second largest country by land mass.
  • There are 6 time zones in Canada.
  • Canada's (and in the world) northernmost settlement is Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert (just north of Alert, Nunavut) on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island - latitude 82.5°N - just 834 kilometres (518 mi) from the North Pole.
  • Middle Island, located in the centre of Lake Erie, is Canada's most southern island as well as Canada's most southern point of land - co-ordinates 41°41'N, 82°41'W, or about 41.7 degrees north latitude
  • The distance across Canada is 5768.9 km +/- 1000km depending on starting point and destination.
  • The Canadian population is estimated at 33,212,696 as of July 2008.
  • Canada's longest river at 4241 km is the Mackenzie River in the North West Territories.
  • The Hudson Bay Company established in 1670 is Canada's oldest business.
  • The CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario built in 1976 is Canada's tallest building. It is 553.33 meters (1,815' 5") tall.
  • Canada has two official languages - English and French
  • Under the Canada Constitution Act 1982, Canada recognizes First Nations, Innuit and Métis as Aboriginal People.
  • The logging and oil industries are two of Canada's most important industries.
  • International trade especially of natural resources makes up a large part of Canada's economy.
  • Canada's largest trading partner is the United States.
  • Canada is one of the largest suppliers of agricultural products, particularly wheat and other grains.
  • By population Toronto, Ontario is Canada's largest city. By land mass (sqKM) Montréal, Quebec is largest.
  • Mount Logan (co-ordinates (140o 23' W, 60o 34' N) located in the scenic Kluane National Park and Reserve is Canada's tallest mountain. It is 5,959 metres high at its peak.
  • Great Bear Lake on the Artic Circle lies entirely within Canada. It is Canada's largest body of water at 31,153 sq km (12,028 sq mi) with a shoreline 2,719 km (1,690 mi) and the total catchment area of the lake is 114,717 km² (44,293 mi²).
  • Although each province and territory has a national flower there is no national flower for Canada.
  • The national emblem of Canada is the maple leaf.
  • Canadians eat more salt than any other country in the world.
  • The United States is the only country to border Canada.
  • As a nation Canadians eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, more frozen fruits and vegetables, more flour, more fish, more nuts, more pulses and drinks more tea and 2% milk than Americans.
  • The national winter sport in Canada is hockey. The national summer sport is lacrosse.
  • Superman, a fictional character and one of the most famous and popular comic book superheroes of all time was created by a Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster and American writer Jerry Siegel in 1932 while both were growing up in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Canada's first female doctor was Emily Howard Stowe (May 1, 1831 - April 30, 1903) graduating the New York Medical College for Women in 1867.
  • Kraft Dinner topped with ketchup is reputed to be Canada's national food while others declare poutine Canada's national food.
  • Canada's national drink is the Caesar, a rather spiced up version of the Bloody Mary followed closely by beer.
  • Canadians are well reputed to be the politest nation in the world.
  • Canadian humour has a decidedly very British influence. When we aren't poking fun at ourselves or fondly at Britain you can rest assured we are poking fun at the rest of the world!

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know we consumed the most salt ! Wow !

    I think next time you should do "funny-facts" about canadians.