Interesting facts about Canada

June 9, 2009 | In: Countries facts

Canada is the largest country in the Western Hemisphere and is the second largest country in the world behind Russia. The area size of Canada is a whopping 9,984,670 square kilometers.

Canada has the longest border with one other country (with the United States).

Canada is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”.

Basketball was invented by a Canadian named Dr. James Naismith.

Canada has the ninth biggest economy of the world.

Canada has two official languages: French and English.

A little over 16% of Canada’s population are immigrants which equals to roughly 5.5 million people. The other non-official languages spoken in Canada are German, Italian, Punjabi and Chinese.

There are 292 species of butterflies in Canada. Most of which are found in British Columbia (176) and the fewest on Prince Edward Island (42). In Ontario we have 142 species.

The national sport in Canada is hockey.

The deepest lake n Canada is Great Slave Lake. This lake is located in the Northwest Territories and is a little over 614 metres deep.

Canada’s wind power production capacity is almost nineteen-hundred megawatts.

There are more donut shops per capita in Canada than in any other country.

Canada has more inland waters and lakes than any other country in the world.

The world’s tallest building and free-standing structure is the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada. It is 1,815 feet (553.3 m) tall. That’s 33% taller than the 110-story World Trade Center in New York City!

The tower opened to the public in 1976, after more than 1,500 workers had spent 40 months building it. It is now visited by nearly two million tourists a year

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3 Responses to Interesting facts about Canada


Scott H.

February 11th, 2010 at 11:16 am

Acutally the national sport of Canada is lacrosse and not hockey, although a lot of people do think its hockey, even in Canada.



April 8th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Actually, Scott, Lacrosse and hockey are both recognized as canada’s national sports. Lacrosse is the summer sport, and hockey the national winter sport. Lacrosse was officially the national sport up until 1994, but that changed.



August 31st, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Unfortunately we can no longer say Canada has the tallest free-standing structure in the world. The recently completed Burj Khalifa in Dhubai beats it by a long shot.

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