Thursday, June 28, 2012

Today's Trivia - All About Canada

It’s almost my country’s birthday, so this week’s useless but interesting information is all about Canada...

- Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories.

- Canada has one of the highest per-capita immigration rates in the world,[164] driven by economic policy and family reunification.

- The Canada 2006 Census counted a total population of 31,612,897.

- Canada became The Dominion of Canada on July 1st, 1867. It officially became a country in 1982.

- Canada is a constitutional monarchy and a federal state with a democratic parliament.

- The Parliament is in Ottawa and is comprised of the House of Commons (Lower House) and the Senate (The Upper House - whose members are appointed)

- Members of Parliament are elected approximately every 4 years. Elections may be called early or terms can be as long as 5 years. A vote of non-confidence in the government (where the government no longer has the support of 50 percent of the House) may also force an election. This occurred in 1979 when PM Joe Clark's government lost the support of the House and an election was called within a year of that government coming to power. Senators are appointed by the Prime Minister and hold their positions until they are 75.

- Canada is a member of many international organizations including NATO, OSCE, OAS and APEC.

- Canada's land mass is 9 970610 km2 (The world's second largest country)

- Ottawa is the Capital of Canada (located in Ontario)

- Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories.

- Canada has a diversified economy that is reliant upon its abundant natural resources and upon trade – particularly with the United States

- There are more than 100 national parks and historic sites in Canada. (Many Provincial too)

- Mountain Ranges include: Torngats, Appalachians, Laurentians, Rocky, Costal, Mackenzie, Mt.St. Elias and the Pelly Mountairs.

- At 6050 m above sea level, Mount Logan in the Yukon is Canada's tallest peak.

- Great Bear Lake is the largest lake in Canada with an area of 31 326 km2.

- The longest river is the Mackenzie River flowing 4241 km through the NWT.

- Canada has six time zones. In NFLD the time zone is 3 hours and 30 minutes past Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) The other time zones are full hours behind GMT. The farthest west is the Pacific at 8 hours behind GMT.

- Canada's capital, Ottawa, has the coldest average temperature of any capital city in the world.

- The National emblem is the maple leaf and has been associated with Canada since the 1700's.

- The flag of Canada has two red bars and a white center - within there being a maple leaf. It was adopted as the National Flag in 1965. (Before hand Canada used the Union Jack - the British Flag for its flag.)

- The National Anthem for Canada is "O Canada" - proclaimed on July 1st 1980 - a century after being sung for the first time.

- The Canadian dollar is divided into 100 cents (like the American dollar).

- In Canada $1 and $2 are represented by coins nicknamed the “loonie” and the “toonie”.

- Principle Natural Resources are: natural gas, oil, gold, coal, copper, iron ore, nickel, potash, uranium, and zinc along with wood and water.

- Leading Industries: automobile manufacturing, pulp and paper, iron, steel work, machinery and equipment manufacturing, mining, extraction of fossil fuels, forestry and agriculture.

- Leading exports are: automobile vehicles and parts, machinery and equipment, high technology products, oil, natural gas, metals and forest farm products.

- Imports are: machinery and industrial equipment, (communications and electronic equipment, vehicles and automobile parts, industrial materials (ie: metal ores, iron, steel, precious metals, chemicals, plastics, cotton, wool and other textiles) along with manufactured products and food.

- The largest city in Canada is Toronto followed by Montreal, Vancoucer, Ottawa-Hull, and Edmonton.

- 76.6 per cent of Canadians live in cities and towns while 23.4 per cent live in rural areas.

- Multiculturalism was officially recognized in 1988 with the Multiculturalism Act.

- With the eighth-highest Human Development Index globally, Canada has one of the highest standards of living in the world.

- All Canadians have free access to health care with the exception of dental services.

- Canada has an extensive social safety network with old age pensions, family allowance, unemployment insurance and welfare.

- Popular sports in Canada include Ice Hockey, swimming, cross-country and alpine skiing, baseball, tennis, basketball, soccer and golf.


  1. I love Canada. It is popular at times to bash Canada but I don't understand it. Well, I don't understand bashing anything, really.
    Maybe one day I will even SEE Canada!

    1. I don't understand it either, Kay. In Canada, it's popular to bash the U.S, so I guess both sides of the border misbehave. I hope you do visit Canada at some point. I think you'll really like it!

  2. I am Canadian! And I am proud!