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Happy Birthday Canada: 10 Fun Facts About The Territories

Canada has 3 different territories: Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon. The Northwest Territories (NWT) is the oldest of the territories and was ceded to Canada by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1870. Nunavut, the youngest and largest of the territories, was officially separated from the NWT in 1999. Finally, Yukon is the smallest and westernmost of the territories and was also separated from the NWT but in 1898.

Now that we know a little about the territories here are some fun facts!

Facts About The Territories

  • The Yukon Territory has roughly the same population as it did over 100 years ago in the year 1900. Just over 30,000 people live in the Territory.
  • Homes in Nunavut must be built on stilts a minimum of 1 metre above the ground due to year-round permafrost. If the house were built directly on the ground the interior heat of the home will melt the permafrost and the house will sink into the ground!
  • House on stilts

  • Canada's highest mountain, Mount Logan is located in the south western part of the Yukon. Its peak is just under 6,000 meters!
  • Audrey McLaughlin, from Whitehorse Yukon, was the first female leader of a major national political party when she won the leadership for the NDP!
  • Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories is the 9th largest lake in the world!
  • The Northwest Territories is the second largest producer of diamonds in the world.
  • The northern lights can be viewed in Yellowknife approximately 250 days in a year, which is the most of anywhere in the world!
  • Yellowknife Northern Lights

  • Inuvik, Northwest Territories is Canada's most northern official town.
  • The Northwest Territories and Nunavut were one big Territory until 1999 when Nunavut was created as it's own territory!
  • Residents in Nunavut are restricted to only 225L of water per day! For comparison, a normal top load washer uses about 140L of water per load!
  • Comment below with your favourite fact or share one that you love that we missed!

    Thanks for following along with our tour around all corners of this great country! Let us know how you'll be celebrating Canada's 150th birthday this year!

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