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Canada marks its 150th birthday since Confederation and there will be events all year in celebration. At Christian Life in London we are going to be featuring information about special events taking place in our area as well as articles featuring fun facts and trivia about our great county.

We expect everyone to do well on any Canadian Trivia tests because ... Fun fact #1)... Canada is the World’s most educated Country: Over half of our residents have college degrees.

Yes Canada takes the first spot on the list of the 10 countries with the most college graduates in the world. Canada is followed by:
#2 Israel
#3 Japan
#4 United States
#5 New Zealand
#6 South Korea
#7 Japan
#8 Finland
#9 Australia
#10 Ireland

Because we are so bright, most of us probably know...

  • Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia
  • Canada has the largest Coastline in the world
  • Canada has the world’s longest street Yonge St (Not so fast!!) (starting) in Toronto stretching 1,896 km. But wait... Until 1999, the Guinness Book of World Records repeated the popular misconception that it was 1,896 km (1,178 mi) long, and thus the longest street in the world; this was due to a mistaken conflation of Yonge Street with the rest of Ontario's Highway 11. Yonge Street (including the Bradford-to-Barrie extension) is actually 86 kilometers long.
  • Canada has more lakes than any other country. Recent surveys suggest that there may be as many as 2 million lakes in Canada. About 7.6% of Canada's nearly 10 million km is covered by fresh water.
  • The Canada – US border is the longest international border in the world. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the length of the International Boundary line of the U.S.-Canadian border, excluding Alaska, is approximately 6,416 km, while the length of the U.S.-Mexican border is estimated at 3,110 km. The length of the Alaska-Canada border alone is 2,475 km
  • Canada has the third largest oil reserves in the world behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
  • Canada is just one of five countries that has Braille markings on our currency (Bank notes)

Now a few lesser known facts...

  • Canadians consume more Macaroni and Cheese than any other nation in the world.
  • Canada is an Iroquoian language word meaning “Village”.
  • Large parts of Canada have less gravity than the rest of the world
  • Canada has fewer people than Tokyo’s metropolitan area.

Next, facts only known by you and very few others...

Canada Has a Park Larger Than Switzerland

Wood Buffalo National Park straddles the border of Northern Alberta and southern Northwest Territories. It was created in 1922 to protect the world’s largest herd of roaming Wood Bison, and the park is also home to the last known nesting site of whooping cranes.

Foot note about Canada’s National Parks: Free admission in 2017 As Canada’s gift to you, the 2017 Discovery Pass provides free admission to Parks Canada places from coast to coast to coast. Click HERE to order your free Passes.



Canada Built a UFO Landing Pad in St. Paul, Alta. One of Canada’s most unique Centennial projects in 1967 was the building of the world’s first UFO Landing Pad in St. Paul, Alberta. The town provided the land, and local businesses provided building supplies and labour for the raised cement pad. Making things even stranger? Paul Hellyer, then Minister of National Defense, flew in (by helicopter, not spaceship) to officially open it.

In Canada You Can See More Snakes Than Anywhere Else in the World

Just 130-km north of Winnipeg is the Narcisse Snake Dens conversation area, where each spring, tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes slither out from their dens for a few weeks from mid-April to early May. Fortunately there are viewing platforms set up so you can watch them from afar. (More details? Click HERE)

Canada has the World’s Safest Highways (for Animals)

There are million-dollar highway overpasses in Banff National Park which have been used by grizzly and black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars, moose, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, wolverine and lynx. By 2014, there will be 38 wildlife underpasses and six overpasses from Banff National Park’s east entrance to the border of Yoho National Park. Ontario built its first bridge for animals over Hwy 69, south of Sudbury, in 2012.

Vancouver Island is Home To an Annual Bathtub Race

It’s a crazy competition that started as Nanaimo’s Centennial event in 1967. The first year close to 200 ‘tubbers’ raced a 36-mile course in converted bathtubs – 48 finished. Today, the high-performance “bathtubs” cover the 90-minute course the last weekend of July, as part of the weekend-long Nanaimo Marine Festival, which includes a Bathtub Parade. 2017's race days are July 21 – 23. (Click HERE for more details)

Study up – more next month!