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June 25, 2014 by Joseph Krohn
- The British North American colonies (Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick) united in confederation on July 1, 1867 as “The Dominion of Canada.” (Note: The Province of Canada was split into two provinces – Ontario and Quebec)
- Kanata is the St. Lawrence-Iroquoian word for “village” or “settlement.”
- The border between Canada and the United States is officially known as the International Boundary. At 5,525 miles, including 1,538 miles between Canada and Alaska, it is the world’s longest border between two nations.
- The Canadian motto, A Mari Usque ad Mare, means “From sea to sea.
- At 3,855,103 square miles, Canada is the second largest country in the world, behind Russia.
- Its population density is 8.6 people per square mile, making Canada the ninth-most sparsely populated nation in the world.
- Newfoundland was the first part of Canada to be explored by Europeans. Ironically, it was the last area to become a province, in 1949.
- Alert, in Nunavut territory, is the northernmost permanent settlement in the world.
- Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world at 151,600 miles.
- North America’s lowest recorded temperature was -81.4 degrees Fahrenheit (-63 C) at Snag, Yukon Territory, on February 3, 1947.
- A black bear cub from Canada named Winnipeg (or “Winnie,” for short) was one of the most popular attractions at the London Zoo after it was donated to the zoo in 1915. Winnie became a favorite of Christopher Robin Milne and inspired the stories written by his father, A.A. Milne, about Winnie-the-Pooh.
- The West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, was once the world’s largest shopping mall. It now ranks fifth, but it still contains the world’s largest indoor amusement park.
- Manitou Lake on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron is the world’s largest lake within a lake (41.1 square miles).