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40 Fascinating Facts About Canada

The more you know, eh!
40 Fascinating Facts About Canada

O, Canada. We sure are an interesting country! When the rest of the world thinks of Canadians they bring up all of our classic stereotypes; like we live in igloos, ride our moose to work, eat our body weight in poutine and maple syrup everyday and say 'eh' in every sentence.

While we do love our poutine and maple syrup and we use the word 'eh' a little more than the average person, most of the Canadian stereotypes are super exaggerated. Although most of those stereotypes are untrue, Canada is still a fascinating country.

There's tons of famous Canadian celebrities that you might not know are actually from Canada, tons of interesting facts in our country's history, facts about our rich and diverse natural environment, tons of impressive facts and super weird things that us Canadians actually do.

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Jim Carrey earned his first Golden Globe nomination for The Mask

Jim Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario in 1962 and is a famous and beloved comedian, actor, screenwriter and producer.

Rachel McAdams learned French for her role in the romantic comedy Midnight In Paris

Rachel McAdams was born in London, Ontario in 1978 and is known for her famous roles in The Notebook, Mean Girls, Wedding Crashers and many more.

A store bought mask of William Shatner's face was painted white and used as the mask of Michael Myer's in the original Halloween movie.

William Shatner was born in Montreal in 1931 and is most famous for his role in the Star Trek franchise.

Will Arnett's father was the CEO of Molson Breweries

Will Arnett was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1970 and he's most famous for his roles in Arrested Development, The Lego Movie and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Kim Cattrall studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art when she was 11 years old.

Kim Cattrall was born in Liverpool but her family moved to Courtenay, British Columbia when she was just 3 months old. She is most famous for her role in Sex And The City.

Shay Mitchell started out as a model before she began her acting career.

Shay Mitchell was born in Toronto, Ontario and is most famous for her role in the TV series Pretty Little Liars.

Shania Twain's song 'Up!' was used to wake up astronauts while they were in space.

Shania Twain was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1965. She's a famous country singer and is among the best-selling music artists of all time.

Mike Myers has an actual street named after him in Scarborough, Ontario called Mike Myers Drive.

Mike Myers was born in Scarborough, Ontario in 1963. He's most famous for his roles in Austin Powers, Shrek and Wayne's World.

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Canada is the second largest country in the world, right after Russia.

Canada has the largest coastline in the world - in fact, if you were to walk along the entire coast without resting at all it would take you 4  and a half years.

Yonge Street is the longest street in the entire world, spanning 1,896 km.

The US/Canadian border is the longest international border in the world and there is no military defence at all.

Large parts of Canada have less gravity than the rest of the world. This unusual phenomenon was discovered in the 1960s.

Canada and Denmark have been fighting over an uninhabitable island since the 1930s. They do this by leaving each other bottles of alcohol and changing the flags.

Ontario alone has over 250,000 lakes. This one Canadian province contains 1/5th of the world's fresh water.

The province of Manitoba has the largest population of snakes in the world. It's home to around 70,000 snakes.

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The first Canadian casualties in the Afghanistan war was from an American pilot bombing in a training exercise.

Canada hasn't had any weapons of mass destruction since 1984 when they signed treaties to repudiate their possession of them.

Americans have invaded Canada twice, once in 1775 and once in 1812. But they lost both times.

Canada was the 3rd country to travel to space, after the U.S and the USSR. We were considered to have the most advanced space program in 1962.

During WW2, Canada gave out pins to citizens who tried to enlist but were refused due to medical reasons. This way people could know that they were willing to fight for their country.

France almost moved the Eiffel Tower temporarily to Canada back in 1967.

Canada passed the 'Apology Act' in 2009 to make apologies inadmissible in court. Since Canadians say 'sorry' too much they had to pass this act to prevent their apology as an admission of guilt.

Newfoundland was the first province to be explored by Europeans, but it was the last to become an official province in 1949.

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Canada consumes more Mac n' Cheese than any other country in the world.

Canada's official phone number is 1-800-O-Canada.

Canada has the third largest oil reserve in the world, right after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

Canada has the most donut shops per capita and consumes the most donuts in the entire world.

The entire province of Alberta has been rat-free for over 50 years now.

The Canadian government declared Santa an official Canadian citizen. You can mail letters to his address in the North Pole, Canada and his elves will actually respond to you.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada set a new world record for most gold medals ever won at a single Olympic Games.

Canada holds the record for the lowest recorded temperature in North America, which was -63 degrees Celsius in the Yukon in 1947.

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Residents of Churchill, Manitoba leave their car doors unlocked in case a pedestrian needs an escape from a Polar Bear.

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

In 2010, a man found a newborn baby abandoned in a garbage bin, only to discover that he was the father.

Canada's entire population has fewer people than Tokyo's metropolitan area.

In 2015, a Canadian man was arrested for tying over 100 balloons to a lawn chair and flying over Calgary.

Canadians can order a portrait of Queen Elizabeth 2 and have it delivered to them for free.

An international study showed that babies from Canada, Italy and Britain cry more than anywhere else in the world.

The people of Nanaimo, British Columbia race their bathtubs in an annual aquatic tradition.

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