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While Morty's TV has covered Big Brother USA since Season 1 over two decades ago, we have also covered Big Brother Canada for each of its 10 years. But how well do you know Canada, eh? Read through the following list and let us know what important facts we missed about our northern neighbor! 

  1. Canada has the fourth lowest population density in the world.
  2. The British Parliament passed the British North America Act and Canada became a country on 1st July 1867.
  3. Toronto, Canada’s largest city is known as the multicultural city on Earth. Toronto has the longest street in the world – Yonge Street. Toronto’s Rogers Centre has the largest Sony big screen TV.
  4. Canada has ten provinces and three territories. Canada’s newest territory is Nunavut, which separated from the Northwest Territories in 1999. Nunavut is Canada’s largest area by landmass and takes up 20% of Canada’s total land area.
  5. Canada has 48 national parks and national park reserves, 970 national historic sites and five marine conservation areas.
  6. When Canada legalized Marijuana in 2017, it became the 2nd country in the world to fully legalize marijuana.
  7. Wasaga Beach located in Ontario, Canada is the longest freshwater beach in the world.  The three largest islands of the world are also located in Canada: Ellesmere Island. Victoria Island and Baffin Island.
  8. There are more doughnut shops in Canada per capita than any other country. 
  9. Newfoundland became the last province to join the confederation in 1949.
  10. Canada is bordered by three oceans: The Pacific in the w3est, the Atlantic in the east, and the Arctic to the north.
  11. In 2019, the population of Canada was approximately 37.59 million.
  12. Canada got its flag after 100 years of becoming a country – 15th February 1965.
  13. The CN Tower in Toronto was the world’s tallest free-standing structure until 2007. As of 2020, however, it is still the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.
  14. Canadians eat an average of 190 eggs per year.
  15. Wood Buffalo National Park is the largest natural park in Canada. It is also the second-largest national park in the world.
  16. Thirty-two per cent of Canadians are reported to be very happy, whereas 55% are quite happy.
  17. Canada owns 9% of the renewable water supply of the world.
  18. An area in Hudson Bay has less gravity than the rest of the world. The average person weighs a 10th of an ounce lighter than other places. There are theories that explain the missing gravity, but scientists aren’t fully sure about their theories.
  19. Quebec in Canada is the only officially French-speaking province
  20. Ocean Falls, British Columbia has on average 330 days of rain per year. 
  21. 81 percent of the total population of Canada resides in cities.
  22. English and French are the two official languages of Canada.
  23. Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa have a population of over 1 million.
  24. New Brunswick is the only officially bilingual province.
  25. Canada shares two borders with the United States: One long its southern border and the other with Alaska.
  26. The top countries visited by Canadians are – The US, the UK and Mexico.
  27. Canada is the third-largest oil reserve holder – 176.8 billion barrels. Canada is also the largest producer of Uranium and Cesium in the world. Alberta’s oil sands have the third-largest oil reserves in the world.
  28. The capital of Canada is Ottawa, which is the second coldest capital in the world. Ottawa has the world’s largest skating rink because of the Rideau Canal.
  29. Saskatchewan has some of the world’s largest wheat fields.
  30. Banff National Park, the first national park in Canada was established in 1885. 
  31. The average life expectancy in Canada is 81.16 years. This is the sixth-highest in the world.
  32. The Viking settled the east coast of Canada in 1000 AD.
  33. The intersection of Portage and Main Street in Winnipeg is known to be the windiest place in Canada.
  34. Newfoundland is also known as “The Rock.” 
  35. Alberta, a province in Canada is prone to more natural disasters than any other province. 
  36. About 90% of Canada’s population is concentrated within 160 kilometres (100 miles) of the Canada/US border.
  37. The border between Canada and the US is called the International Boundary. It is the largest demilitarized border in the world.
  38. Prince Edward Island is the smallest province in Canada. It is only 225 kilometres long and 56 kilometres wide. 
  39. A 9.3 kg lobster caught in Nova Scotia in 1977 is the largest documented lobster. Nunavut has 50% of the world’s polar bear population. Canada has 200 species of mammals. Canada has 630 species of bird. 
  40. The founding peoples of Canada include: Aboriginal peoples, French Canadians and English Canadians. Aboriginal peoples (First Nations, Intuit & Métis) lived in Canada before European explorers, pioneers and settlers arrived.
  41. Canadians like to finish their sentences with the word, "eh".
  42. Canada was invaded twice by Americans in 1775 and 1812.
  43. The state of Winnipeg is considered to be the coldest city in the country. Because of the cold weather, Winnipeg has the longest skating rink in the world.
  44. Canada is the 5th largest diamond producer in the world by volume and the 3rd largest in terms of value.
  45. Canada’s remote north and extensive forests are home to lots of wonderful wildlife, from bears, wolves, deer, mountain lions, beavers and bighorn sheep, to smaller animals such as raccoons, otters and rabbits. 
  46. While 15.9% of the population is 65 or older, the other 68.5% are between the ages of 15 and 64.
  47. Canada accounts for 10% of the world’s forest covers. The oldest rocks are found in The Canadian Shield. 
  48. Calgary in Canada is well known for its Chinooks. Chinooks is a weather phenomenon that can raise the temperature by 10 degrees in a few minutes.
  49. Canada’s Beaver is the second-largest rodent in the world. The muskox has an inner fur layer that is finer than cashmere and can be spun into wool that is very much warmer than sheep’s wool. It’s called qiviut and it’s very expensive.
  50. Canada's lakes are full of fish such as trout and salmon.
  51. Canada is the Most Educated Country in the World.
  52. Canada is known to be the 2nd largest country in the world.
  53. Yukon at -63 degrees C was the lowest temperature ever recorded in Canada. It was as cold as Mars. Estevan, Saskatchewan is known to be the sunniest place in Canada. It records 2,537 hours of sunshine per year.
  54. Canada’s southern prairiesare home to American buffalo and pronghorn antelope. Moose and black bears can be found in the evergreen forests of northern Canada. Further north, herds of reindeer and musk ox roam the cold, bare tundra.
  55. The first people to come to Canada arrived between 15,000 and 30,000 years ago across a land bridge that joined Asia and North America. 
  56. The median age in Canada is 41 years.
  57. Nakwakto Rapids, Port Hardy’s legendary dive destination, boasts the strongest current in the world, with speeds of up to 18.4 miles per hour. Della Falls, British Columbia, is the highest waterfall in Canada at 440 1,444 feet high.
  58. The provinces are: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. The three territories are: Northwest Territories, Nunavut & Yukon.
  59. Canada’s weather can be extreme, even in one single day. In 1962 in Pitcher Creek, it went from -19 degrees C to 22 degrees C in an hour! The Regina Tornado of June 30, 1912, rated as F4 was the most severe tornado known in Canada.
  60. Canada's name is derived from "Kanata", a Huron-Iroquois word meaning village. Two Indigenous youths used this word to describe the settlement of Stadacona (now Quebec City) to European explorer Jacques Cartier and the name caught on.
  61. Half of the Canadian population were born in other countries.
  62. Canada is bigger than the whole of the European Union, 30 per cent larger than Australia and three times larger than India.
  63. Butter Tarts were created in Barrie, Ontario in 1900. Canada’s national drink “Ceaser” was invented in 1969 in Calgary.
  64. In 1867, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick combined to form a dominion with its own government, parliament and prime minister – and Manitoba joined soon after. In 1931, Canada became an independent nation.
  65. The beaver as a national emblem dates back to the 1700s, when the lucrative trade of beaver pelts (for fur hats) put Canada on the map. 
  66. Canada has the longest highway in the world – Trans Canada Highway which is nearly 7,604 km.
  67. Canada is home to 15 million cattle, 9 million of which live on the Prairies.
  68. The beer named after Canada is called Molson Canadian and it was founded in 1786 in Montreal. Moosehead Breweries Limited is Canada’s oldest independent brewery, located in Saint John, New Brunswick. 
  69. Around A.D. 1000, the Viking explorer Leif Eriksson reached Newfoundland, Canada. He tried to establish a settlement, but it didn’t last long.
  70. Inuit people live mostly in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Many Native Canadians live on their traditional lands, but many others have moved to cities. First Nations artwork is widely recognized as a symbol of Canadian culture.
  71. The literacy rate in Canada is 99%.
  72. Wine is produced in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.
  73. Canada has provided fish, furs & other natural resources to the world since the 1500s. It is a world leader in agricultural production, telecommunications and energy technologies. The majority of Canada’s exports go to the USA.
  74. The Canadian Maple Leaf Tartan was designed by David Weiser and became an official symbol in 2011.
  75. Canada Day commemorates the signing of the British North America Act (the Constitution Act, 1867) which created Canada. The holiday is celebrated every July 1st. 
  76. Canada has 6 time zones: Pacific, Mountain, Central, Eastern, Atlantic, Newfoundland
  77. More than 77% of the world’s maple syrup is manufactured in Quebec. Canada produces 80% of the world’s supply. 
  78. French & British settlers arrived in the 16th century. Land disputes between farmers & fur traders led to 4 wars between 1689 & 1763. The French and Indian War left the British in control of Canada, but French influence remains strong.
  79. Canada’s national anthem, "O Canada" was composed by Calixa Lavallee, with lyrics written by Sir Adolphe Basile-Routhier. The version used today was written by Robert Stanley Weir, a lawyer from Montreal.
  80. Some of the highest tides in the world have been recorded at the Bay of Fundy on the east coast of Canada, due to the spring tide, tidal resonance, & very low atmospheric pressure. One of the greatest reached 47.5 feet to 53.5 feet.
  81. In Canada, the one-dollar coin is called the "loonie" and the two-dollar coin is called the "toonie". 
  82. Canadians drink more fruit juice per capita than any other country. Canada is known for its ice wine. Ice Wine is made from pressed frozen grapes and served as a dessert wine.
  83. The British monarch is the head of state of Canada. The monarch is represented by a governor-general, who has very limited powers. Laws are made by Canada’s elected federal government, which includes a parliament and a prime minister.
  84. Britain’s Quebec Act of 1774 granted Quebec its own legal & religious rights. Still, many Quebec citizens seek independence. In votes held in 1980 and 1995, Quebec decided to stay in Canada, but the debate is still alive.
  85. basketball, the pacemaker, IMAX, and the Blackberry were all invented in Canada. 
  86. Canada has the longest coastline – 243,977 km.
  87. Poutine is a famous dish in Canada. It was created in Montreal, Quebec in the 1950s. Made of a tasty mix of french fries, cheese curds and gravy, Poutine has been claimed by numerous people, but its inventor has never been confirmed.
  88. Hockey is the national winter sport of Canada while lacrosse is the national summer sport. The Canada-US Men’s Gold Hockey Game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics was the most watched television broadcast ever in Canadian history.
  89. Canada is one of the world leaders of hydro electricity which uses the power of the water to produce electricity. 
  90. The Vikings have visited Canada. They arrived in 1021, several hundred years ahead of Christopher Columbus. They are believed to have settled on the northern side of Newfoundland at L’Anse aux Meadows, just past Greenland.
  91. The average Canadian watches 30 hours of television per week. 
  92. Hawaiian pizza was invented in Ontario in 1962. Sam Panopoulos came up with the idea in 1962, to attract customers to his Ontario restaurant. He tried many experiments, but Hawaiian pizza won.
  93. Canadians’ consumption of Mac and Cheese is very high and known as Kraft Dinner. Cheddar is the most popular cheese in Canada.
  94. Canada is a huge timber producer and second in the world in regards to the sawn softwood production -after the USA. This includes timber or lumber planks or furniture wood. The USA and China are the main trading partners of Canada.
  95. John Cabot was the first explorer to reach Canada in 1497. Italian by birth, he traveled to England, and secured ships hoping to find a shorter route to Asia. They landed on the coast of Newfoundland.
  96. The highest mountain in Canada is Mount Logan, towering at 19,551 feet. It’s the second-highest mountain in North America. The peak was named after Sir William Logan, founder of the Geological Survey of Canada.
  97. Canada has a large number of lakes. To be precise, there are more lakes than in any other country. Canada has 20% of the world’s freshwaters. Canada has two of the largest lakes in the world – Great Bear Lake and Great Slave Lake.
  98. During the Calgary Stampede, 200,000 pancakes are served.
  99. Quebec City is the only walled city left in North America. In 2008, they celebrated their 400th anniversary. Noted author, Charles Dickens, visited Quebec City, calling it "the Gibraltar of North America".
  100. Canada’s money provides braille for the visually impaired. It also has numbers visually contrasted by colors: the twenty is white & green. Each denomination is a different color, assisting partially sighted individuals with contrast.
  101. Prince Edward’s Island is Canada’s smallest province. It’s located on the east coast with a bridge, called Confederation Bridge, connecting them to the New Brunswick province. It’s considered a maritime province.
  102. Canada fun fact, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus are Canadian. Canada issued them passports, tax records, and exceptions to the tax code, giving Santa freedom to pay his elves in cookies and holiday cheer.
  103. Superman was created by Canadians. In 1933, Joe Shuster, with Jerry Siegel’s help, made Superman a comic book character. Clark Kent, Superman’s alter ego, worked for the Daily Star, made to model the Toronto Star.
  104. Canada has hosted 3 Olympics. Montreal, Quebec in 1976, Calgary, Alberta in 1988, and Vancouver, British Columbia in 2010. Montreal was the only summer Olympics Canada hosted.
  105. The capital of Canada is Ottawa. Ottawa is located on the southeastern border shared with Quebec. It’s the fourth largest city in Canada and is the only city in Canada that shares French and English as official languages.
  106. Canada really likes ketchup-flavored Lays chips. They are only sold in Canada. The origins are hard to find, but most likely came out of the 1970s after a failed attempt to create fruit-flavored chips.
  107. The Rocky Mountains extend into Canada and hold some of the most beautiful mountain lakes. The Canadian Rocky Mountain range runs through British Columbia and Alberta. In some places, the range can be 300 miles wide.
  108. Insulin was invented by Canadians. In 1921, Dr. Frederick Banting, an orthopedic surgeon, isolated secretions of islet cells, claiming they could be used in treatment for diabetes, saving millions of diabetics a century later.
  109. Canada has several famous actors and singers. Celine Dion, Justin Beiber, Drake, Ryan Gosling, Keanu Reeves, Dwayne Johnson, Pamela Anderson, Jim Carrey, Michael Buble, and Michael J Fox are just a few of the many celebrities.
  110. Thanksgiving Day is the 2nd Monday of October. This tradition has been done since 1957. This is a time to spend with family around a meal. Turkey, corn ears, and pecan nuts are common dishes served during this holiday.
  111. Aurora Borealis, or what has been commonly called “the Northern Lights” is in Canada. Several colors encapsulate the magical show in the sky. They can be seen in all Canadian provinces.
  112. Canada has the most polar bears in the world. 60% of the world’s polar bears spend time in Canada. Many are endangered. In Manitoba, there are 900 residents, equaled by the polar bears passing through.
  113. The famous acrobatic show, Cirque du Soleil, is based in Montreal. It was started in the 1980s near Quebec City. But holds their headquarters in Montreal, in Quebec. They perform all over the world.
  114. Canada and Denmark are in a 49-year ongoing dispute. Hans Island sits in the Nares Strait, between Canada and Greenland, a Denmark territory. The island is 12 miles from both countries, which both claims belong to them.
  115. Canada has its own phone number. The official phone number of Canada is 1 800 O-Canada. The phone number gives various information for locals and travelers. Recently it’s been used for Covid information.
  116. The National drink of Canada is the Bloody Caesar. Invented by Walter Chell in 1969, the drink is popular among Canadians. The ingredients are vodka, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Cesar mix, celery, lime, and celery salt.
  117. Canada has Chinook winds. The Chinook winds come from the Pacific side of the Rockies, reach over them cold, and warm as they drop to the towns on the eastern side.
  118. Canada fact, the country contains 9% of the world’s forests. But in Canada, the forest only covers 38% of the land. Only 1% of its forests have been deforested, leaving them thriving and plentiful.
  119. There are no hormones in Canadian dairy products. That’s because they don’t allow any kind of hormones to be given to the cattle. So if you’re looking for a healthy and all natural drink, you’ll find it in the milk.
  120. Tap water in Canada is actually better for you than the bottled water. It tastes better too.
  121. In some areas of Canada drivers actually leave their cars unlocked all the time, not just because they feel safe that no one will take it, but because they want to make sure people can escape from the bears.
  122. The Mall of America is the largest mall in the United States, but is actually owned by Canadians.
  123. There is actually a Canadian coin with a narwhale on it, made with gold, valued at $300.
  124. The Canadian Maple Leaf coin is a gold bullion worth $1,000,000 and is legal tender.
  125. Canada has a special edition quarter that actually features a dinosaur! And not just any dinosaur, a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur.
  126. There are several UNESCO heritage sites in Canada but none as interesting as Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, located in Alberta near the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains. The name comes from natives forcing buffalo off a cliff.
  127. It is illegal in Canada to have a comic book that shows anything to do with crimes. 
  128. Polar bears are not allowed to break into your house and steal your food. Humans may call the police and have them arrested. There actually is a jail for polar bears that steal food.
  129. You can actually apologize in a court of law. Just sign a document that instead of announcing your guilt announces that you legally and officially apologize for the act and that can be as good as a punishment.
  130. In 2020, Canada imported an estimated $510.29 billion in products and exported $477.31 billion, a net import/export deficit of $32.98 billion.
  131. Canada has a nearly 1:1 ratio of men to women. It averages 10.21 births per 1000 people and a death rate of 8.08 deaths per 1000 people. Which means the population is shrinking. Life expectancy is 83.62 years.
  132. Canadians love their kitchens. This is where everyone congregates during gatherings. The rest of the house will, quite possibly, be completely empty.
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