When you think of Canada you probably think of snow, ice, and perhaps really nice people. All of those things are accurate but there’s a lot more going on in the giant country as well. Here are some interesting things to know about Canada, whether you’ve been there many times or are planning your first trip north.
Canada is the second largest country in the world. Only Russia outsizes it. Not only does Canada have the largest coastline in the world, but it has more more lakes than anywhere else. It has so many lakes, that they take up more space than all the other lakes combined. Despite having so much land (and water) mass, there are actually fewer people in Canada than in the city of Tokyo.
If you think of Canada as an extremely cold place you wouldn’t be wrong about that. The average temperatures in the winter are around 5 degrees fahrenheit (and can drop much lower), while in the warmer seasons the temperature can be closer to 70 degrees fahrenheit. The coldest temperature on record was in 1947 when the thermometer hit a crazy negative 81.4 degrees fahrenheit. Now that’s chily! In some areas the ocean actually freezes enough that people can play hockey on it.
Hockey is of course the national sport of Canada, which makes sense since so much of the time the ground is frozen over. That sort of weather just doesn’t work for all sports. Every community in Canada has both indoor and outdoor rinks and hockey games are shown on TV all year round.
The wildlife aspect in Canada is diverse. And pretty wild. Black bears, bison, owls, wolves, and even cougars are popular animals across the land. In some areas residents actually leave their car doors open in case someone walking down the street encounters a polar bear and needs a quick spot to safely hide. Speaking of leaving the car doors unlocked, Canada is considered quite safe and has seen decreasing levels of crime over the past two decades. Researchers are not entirely sure why. The cops even write “positive tickets” when people do good stuff.
Over half of the population in Canada has college degrees, which makes it the most educated county in the entire world. There are some interesting food facts to know about Canada as well. For one thing, they eat more macaroni and cheese than any other nation. Maybe it’s a good cold weather food? They also developed a dish called poutine that you don’t see many other places. It’s basically french fries covered in gravy and topped with cheese curds, and quite popular.
And here is perhaps one of the strangest facts of all…some parts of Canada have less gravity than the rest of the world. No is completely certain why, although scientists believe it might be because some of the mantle rocks are slowly drifting downward, creating a lighter gravity space in their path.