Happy Birthday Canada, 12 Fun Facts!

Posted by Scholar's Choice in General

As you may have heard, 2017 marks the 150th "birthday" of Canada as a nation! Scholar's Choice has decided to commemorate this momentous event the only way we know how: by making learning fun with some fun facts about Canada, its Provinces and Territories!

Ready to learn about the land of the "true north strong and free"?

Fun Facts About Canada

  • Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world at 243,977km.
  • The longest highway in the world is the Trans-Canada Highway which is over 7604kms long and travels through all 10 provinces.
  • Trans-Canada Highway Sign

  • The baseball glove was invented in Canada in 1883.
  • Trivial Pursuit, the Telephone and Basketball were all invented by Canadians.
  • Canada produces 77% of the world's Maple Syrup.
  • Kanata is the St. Lawrence-Iroquoian word for "village" or "settlement".
  • Canada is home to 563 lakes larger than 100 square kilometres!
  • Canada is home to 10% of the world's total forest cover.
  • Studies have found Canadians to be the second happiest people in the world!
  • The Canadian Flag didn't exist until 1965 (meaning it's younger than Scholar's Choice!).
  • Canadian Flag

  • "O'Canada" officially became the national anthem in 1980!
  • Every Chistmas, 1 million letters are addressed to Santa Clause. His mailing address is H0H 0H0, North Pole, Canada.
  • Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate Canada's birthday with your children (besides reading them these fun facts obviously)?

    During 2017 Parks Canada is offering free admission to its parks! All you need is a Discovery Pass to explore Canada's beautiful parks with your family!

    If you're interested in teaching your child more about Canada, or looking for fun Canadian themed toys, we're sure Scholar's Choice has what you're looking for!

    Wasn't that fun? Comment below with your favourite fact or share one that you love that we may have missed! Stay tuned because we will be posting every other week until Canada Day. Next time, Alberta!

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