150 Reasons Why Canada is Awesome – People and Food Edition

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

I don’t think it’s any secret that I’m impossibly proud of being Canadian. I wouldn’t live anywhere else in the world. Canada is turning 150 years old on July 1st, so I thought it would be fun to tell you some of the reasons why I love Canada so much.

I’ve come up with 150 interesting facts about Canada that I’m going to share in 3 posts with you – because 150 reasons is a lot to take in at one time!

See the 50 reasons why Canada is awesome, travel edition and 50 interesting facts about Canada.

150 birthday Canada


Saskatchewan Legislative Building

Today I’m talking 50 interesting facts about Canadian people and food.

  1. Canada’s 3rd largest city, Vancouver, is one of the most multicultural in the world, with 35% of the population born somewhere other than Canada
  2. Jaques Cartier discovered Canada in 1534
  3. Winnie the Pooh, was inspired by a black bear cub from Canada named Winnipeg  that was donated to the London Zoo in 1915
  4. We are one of the world’s largest supplier of maple syrup
  5. We grow most of the world’s lentil supply right here in Canada – Saskatchewan to be specific
  6. We don’t sell liquor at Walmart (at least in Saskatchewan)
  7. Our milk doesn’t contain any unnatural hormones
  8. Our food is an interesting mixture of the flavours of the people who immigrated here. You can walk down any street in a Canadian city and find German, Indian, Chinese, Ethiopian, Thai, Mexican…
  9. Some smart Canadian who was tired of snowshoeing through the snow for 6 months of the year invented the snowmobile
  10. Also, the snowblower was invented by a Canadian, probably for the same reason as ^^
  11. Our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, is pretty hot. Say what you want to about politics (but not here, please), but our PM is way better than most world leaders
  12. We invented ketchup chips – the best potato chip flavour on earth!
  13. Sydney Crosby is a proud Nova Scotian who just won another Stanley Cup
  14. Everyone here knows someone who played at least semi-pro hockey
  15. Poutine, a delicious dish made with fries, cheese curds, and gravy, is practically our national food, and it comes in various forms – like lobster or pulled pork poutine
  16. Our tap water is drinkable – in the vast majority of places anyway
  17. Despite the name, the Hawaiian pizza was invented in Canada
  18. Our number one selling grocery item in Canada is Kraft Dinner (or KD as us locals call it)
  19. We have Smarties -our American friends are stuck with M&Ms
  20. Ryan Gosling, of the Notebook fame, among others, is Canadian
  21. A Canadian, James Naysmith, invented basketball. I would show you a photo of my son, Zach, dressed up like Naysmith, but he would kill me
  22. Pablum was invented by a couple of Canadian doctors in the 1930’s
  23. We have Nickelback
  24. Terry Fox was a Canadian cancer activist who died in 1981 midway through his cross Canada run. The Terry Fox Foundation has raised more than $650 million!
  25. Lucy Maude Montgomery hailed from Prince Edward Island
  26. Nanaimo bars were naturally invented in Canada- Nanaimo, British Columbia to be exact
  27. Justin Beiber – Emily and I were deadlocked about whether he’s good or bad…
  28. A Canadian invented the goalie helmet in 1959 – can you imagine playing hockey without one???
  29. When you go somewhere warm in the winter, we wear shorts, even if the locals are wearing parkas
  30. Ryan Reynolds is Canadian. “Nuff said
  31. One of our former Prime Ministers, Tommy Douglas, has a grandson who is an A list actor. Kiefer Sutherland has acted in many movies and television series, recently reviving his role in 24
  32. A Canadian invented Mac cosmetics
  33. We have ties to the British monarchy, which means that Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Princess Kate, and Prince Harry all come here to visit way more than those other countries
  34. Our Prime Minister doesn’t attack people on Twitter
  35. If you send Santa a letter from Canada (address: North Pole, H0H 0H0) he writes back
  36. If you need to reach the federal government, you can call them at 1-800-O-CANADA
  37. The Weeknd is from Ontario
  38. Trivial Pursuit was invented by a couple of Canadians, Chris Hanley and Scott Abbott
  39. Michael Buble is a proud Canadian
  40. Wayne Gretzky is a Canadian
  41. We invented the Caesar
  42. We created butter tarts – and if you haven’t ever tried them, you are missing out!
  43. Our saskatoon berries are way better than blueberries!
  44. The only place you can get a coffee crisp is in Canada
  45. All dressed chips are a Canadian invention
  46. Pamela Anderson of Baywatch fame is from British Columbia
  47. Over 200,000 pancakes are served at the Calgary Stampede
  48. Toronto has more than 8000 restaurants
  49. Canadians eat an average of 190 eggs per year
  50. 25 Canadians have won the Nobel Prize

Church at Lebret, Saskatchewan

Tomorrow I’m talking about 50 interesting facts about Canadian places so stay tuned!



150 birthday Canada

2 comments on “150 Reasons Why Canada is Awesome – People and Food Edition

  1. Bahahahaha – Nickelback can’t be one of our claims to fame, can it?! And although we can’t buy liquor in Walmart here in New Brunswick, we can pick it up with our groceries at Super Store and Sobeys.

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