Canada is often referred to as America’s hat, a land of brutal winters, a nation with a rich French tradition and the homeland of Justin Bieber. But, Canada has so much more to offer than that. Here are some interesting facts for you to learn:
1.The Assembly of First NationsImage Source: Huffington Post
It is not uncommon for people in America to think of Natives as one homogeneous group. After all, few can explain the differences between Iroquois, the Lakota, and the Dothraki.
However, in Canada, Natives make up a significant portion of our population. The Assembly of First Nations estimates there are more than 900,000 Native Canadians in 634 First Nation communities across Canada. This is huge, especially when you consider that Canada only has a population of over 36 million people. That means approximately 1 out of every 40 people in Canada has Native ancestry and identifies as such.
2. Canada’s Original Name Was Pretty UnoriginalImage Source: Nz History
Canada was not always known as Canada. It was originally known as British North America. While the British were great at colonization, they weren’t a very creative bunch, and as such, an unoriginal name was assigned to what would become Canada.
However, in 1867, The British North America Act was passed, which changed the name of the nation to Canada. If you need help remembering that year, just remember that famous Canadian lager, Moosehead lager, was also created in 1867.
3. Americans are used to Fleeing to CanadaImage Source: Reddit
Americans usually only flee to Canada when they are drafted, as well as every four years when they disagree with democracy.
Fleeing to Canada is not a new phenomenon, though. In 1783, more than 100,000 Americans loyal to the British Crown fled to Canada after America gained independence, settling mainly in Quebec and Nova Scotia. Maybe it is time for Canada to build its own wall.
4. A Canadian Private Island Costs Less Than a New York DuplexImage Source: Youtube
Unlike many nations worldwide, there are few restrictions on foreigners purchasing land in Canada, even islands. With islands costing less than a house in NYC, you no longer need to copy the Chinese and build your own in the middle of the ocean.
You can now live your dream of becoming a super villain, complete with your own private home on your own private island in publicly accessible waters (sharks with laser-beams on their heads not included). In all seriousness, buying land is how 100,000s Chinese nationals purchased land in Vancouver and why there are so many Chinese-Canadians living there. It is also the main reason for Vancouver boasting the most expensive real estate market in the country.
5. Canadians Have Real RoyaltyImage Source: The Sun
No matter how much you love Angelina Jolie’s British accent 15 years ago, she’s not really a wealthy British female Indiana Jones. However, Prince Harry is. Harry, who served in the British Army, is just one of many British royals who ceremoniously still hold power in Canada. The British Royal Family often visit their former colony, and are still invited to do so. While Prince William and Kate last attended the Calgary Stampede (the Canadian version of Texas rodeo) in 2011, they were recently invited to visit the country by Justin Trudeau.
6. Canada Has Vast Oil ReservesImage Source: Extreme Energy
A popular complaint among young voters in America is espoused regarding America’s reliance on oil in the Middle East.
While this complaint is not new, many Americans may be pleased to know that Alberta, the Texas of the North, is home to one of the world’s largest reserves of oil. Alberta is third, behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, in terms of the oil that can be found there. They don’t call it black gold for nothing.
7. We Turn One Form of Energy Into Another Form of EnergyImage Source: Wikipedia
Few countries currently use hydro technology to use water to create electricity. After all, water and electricity are mortal enemies, especially if you are listening to the radio in the shower.
Hydroelectric power is created using the flow and pressure of water to turn metal shafts connected to generator, which “generate” electricity. The water literally becomes a power source of another power source.
8. Canadians Have a Worse Literacy Rate Than North KoreaImage Source: Business Insider
Few things in this world apply to Canada, one of the most democratic nations on Earth, and North Korea, one of the least (as long as you aren’t talking to a North Korean). However, these two nations share almost the same literacy rate. North Korea boasts a literacy rate of 100%, while Canada only has a measly 99%. Clearly, we need to emulate the North Koreans and bring our literacy rates up.
9. Canada: The Ecological Wonder of North AmericaImage Source: Happy healthy brookie
One of the reasons America is so well-liked and traveled is due to its diversity in geography. Tourists and citizens alike can travel to forests, tundras, deserts, farmland, plains, and more, all within a country.
Well, Canada is similar in that respect, especially for people who like wooded areas. Canada has almost 350 million hectares of forested land, an area larger than many countries. If you love hiking the Vermont Long Trail, you will love vacationing in Canada.
10. Canada is a Majority Christian Nation (But You’ll Never Notice That)Image Source: Iqra
Canadians are a modest people and, unlike many other nations around the world that have religious majorities, which dictate laws and governance, you will not notice religion much in Canada unless you seek it out (we also have Sikhs, but the pun was not intended).
Almost 80% of Canadians identify as either Catholic or Roman Catholic. The largest religion that is not Christianity in Canada is Islam, with 3.2% of the population identifying as such.
11. Thank the Canadians For Inventing BasketballImage Source: Mass live
James Naismith, a Canadian, invented basketball in 1891. The sport, loved all around the world by people who do not play cricket or soccer, is immensely popular in Canada. We even have a team in the NBA: the Toronto Raptors. Famous NBA players like Chris Bosh, Vince Carter, and Andrea Bargnani all once played for the Raptors.
12. Article XI of the Articles of ConfederationImage Source: Wikipedia
The American founding fathers once considered letting Canada join America as its 14th State, penning Article XI of the Articles of Confederation.
While this clearly never happened, Canada would have been “entitled to all the advantages of this union,” had they done so. Maybe this is still a possibility when Ted Cruz runs for President in 2020, 2024, 2028, (and you get the main idea).
13. Pack a Jacket When You Travel Up NorthImage Source: Hiking on the moon
Canada is lovely all year round but it can be very cold, especially if you are not prepared for our long winters. It can even be colder than the planet Mars in some areas, like it was on January 10, 2015, when a region of Mars was -8C.
By contrast, temperatures in Canada can dip below -60C. Since practically every Hollywood movie is filmed in Canada now, maybe Matt Damon should film the sequel to “The Martian” up North.
Were any of these facts a surprise to you? Which ones didn’t you know about? Comment below.
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