Thursday, July 15, 2010

Today's Trivia - Canadian

How about some Canadian trivia for today's post? Sounds good to me...

- What is the origin of the name "Canada"?

Canada is a name derived from the Huron-Iroquois kanata meaning, a village or settlement.

- Who was the first Prime Minister of Canada?

Sir John A. Macdonald.

- What animal is on the Canadian quarter?

The caribou.

- How many oceans touch Canada?

Three. The Atlantic on the east, the Pacific on the west and the Arctic to the north.

- How many countries border Canada?

One - the United States of America.

- How many provinces in Canada?

Ten. Fom west to east they are: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland.

- What is the capital city of Canada (the national capital)?


- True or False? Canada is the world's second largest country, by land mass.


- What is the Canadian $1 coin called?

The Loonie (the loon is a Canadian bird and is pictured on the coin, thus the name).

- How many territories in Canada?

Three. From west to east they are: Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut.

- What is the most recent territory in Canada called?


- When was the most recent territory in Canada formed?

April 1, 1999.

- When was the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms included in the Constitution Act?

1982 (no, that isn't a typo) Unlike the majority of democratic countries whose basic law derives from one document, Canada's basic law derives not only from a set of documents known as Constitution Acts, but also a set of unwritten laws and conventions.

- True or False? Superman was created by a Canadian.


- Who were the first people to live in Canada?

The aboriginals or first nations people.

- What is the name of the elected lower house of Canadian parliament?

The house of commons.

- What is the leader of Canada called?

The Prime Minister

18. What leaf is on the Canadian flag?

The maple leaf. It is the national emblem of Canada.

- What is the Canadian national anthem called?

O Canada. Oddly enough, although it has been sung since the late 1800's, it wasn't proclaimed Canada's National Anthem until 1980.

- What is the "big prize" for the Canadian Football League ("CFL") called?

The Grey cup.

- What is the "big prize" for the National Hockey League ("NHL") called?

The Stanley cup.

- What rodent is described by the Canadian Encyclopedia as having "had a greater impact on the history and exploration of Canada than any other animal or plant species"?

The beaver.

- What measurement is used in Canada to measure temperature?


- How many national languages does Canada have?


- What are Canada's national languages?

English and French.

- Who was the only Canadian ever to serve as Prime Minister of Great Britain?

Bonar Law.

- Which was the tenth province to join Confederation?


- Who was the first French-Canadian Prime Minister of Canada?

Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

- Who led the Metis in the rebellions at Red River in 1870 and in the northwest in 1885?

Louis Riel.

- What was the name of the system of safe passages and safehouses that allowed American slaves to escape to freedom in Canada?

The Underground Railroad.

- What is Laura Secord famous for?

Laura Secord warned the British of the impending attack on Canada by the Americans during the war of 1812 and because of this warning the British won the battle.

- How many time zones in Canada?


- How many national parks are there in Canada?

Between 10 and 50.

- What is the name of the highest mountain in Canada?

Mount Logan -- having said that, on October 4, 2000, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien announced that Mount Logan would be renamed Mount Pierre Elliott Trudeau. After a public outcry against the idea, we decided to keep the name Mount Logan. Sir William Edmond Logan was one of Canada's greatest surveyors and scientists. Without getting political here, for many people the issue was not so much whether or not Trudeau deserved it, but more the importance of retaining the history of Canada which is too often forgotten.


  1. Martha girl how are you ?!
    I have been busy ... and am busy .. Linda will be here Saturday and the house needs scrubbing out, groceries to be stocked up and the garden NEEDS my attention so I am crazy trying to get everything done on time ? eeekkkkkk !
    I always love reading about my favorite country ! wink wink
    Maybe we should add that Sir John A is buried here locally ? hehehe .. I always mix up Laura Secord and call her Sara Lecord ? duh !! LOL

  2. What's with the "between 10 and 50" number of national parks? That's a rather large gap, isn't it? They're pieces of hard can it be to count them?

  3. Hiya Joy! It's nice that Linda is finally coming in for her visit. I'm sure it'll be fun to have her at your place. I've been working hard in the garden since my daughter left for her vacation. I figured I may as well take advantage of the free time. This is a glimpse of what it will be like when the nest is empty in the future. I think I can handle it :)

    I agree, Liza. Between 10 and 50 is kind of ridiculous. I should have taken the time to look that up instead of just copying it.

  4. 42, apparently, maybe more if you include marine parks (4 more).

  5. Thanks, Andrew; that's much better. And we do have some nice parks in Canada.

  6. So 'Canada' means 'village'? *giggles*

    Still, I suppose it's better than the Austrian interpretation, which claims it means 'Kana da' - Austrian German for 'nobody home'.

    ... maybe it's a village where nobody's home? ;)

  7. Ha ha...that's very funny, ivynettle. I actually had no idea what it meant until I added this trivia post.