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!
Saskatchewan Legislative Building
Today I’m talking 50 interesting facts about Canadian people and food.
- 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
- Jaques Cartier discovered Canada in 1534
- Winnie the Pooh, was inspired by a black bear cub from Canada named Winnipeg that was donated to the London Zoo in 1915
- We are one of the world’s largest supplier of maple syrup
- We grow most of the world’s lentil supply right here in Canada – Saskatchewan to be specific
- We don’t sell liquor at Walmart (at least in Saskatchewan)
- Our milk doesn’t contain any unnatural hormones
- 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…
- Some smart Canadian who was tired of snowshoeing through the snow for 6 months of the year invented the snowmobile
- Also, the snowblower was invented by a Canadian, probably for the same reason as ^^
- 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
- We invented ketchup chips – the best potato chip flavour on earth!
- Sydney Crosby is a proud Nova Scotian who just won another Stanley Cup
- Everyone here knows someone who played at least semi-pro hockey
- 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
- Our tap water is drinkable – in the vast majority of places anyway
- Despite the name, the Hawaiian pizza was invented in Canada
- Our number one selling grocery item in Canada is Kraft Dinner (or KD as us locals call it)
- We have Smarties -our American friends are stuck with M&Ms
- Ryan Gosling, of the Notebook fame, among others, is Canadian
- 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
- Pablum was invented by a couple of Canadian doctors in the 1930’s
- We have Nickelback
- 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!
- Lucy Maude Montgomery hailed from Prince Edward Island
- Nanaimo bars were naturally invented in Canada- Nanaimo, British Columbia to be exact
- Justin Beiber – Emily and I were deadlocked about whether he’s good or bad…
- A Canadian invented the goalie helmet in 1959 – can you imagine playing hockey without one???
- When you go somewhere warm in the winter, we wear shorts, even if the locals are wearing parkas
- Ryan Reynolds is Canadian. “Nuff said
- 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
- A Canadian invented Mac cosmetics
- 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
- Our Prime Minister doesn’t attack people on Twitter
- If you send Santa a letter from Canada (address: North Pole, H0H 0H0) he writes back
- If you need to reach the federal government, you can call them at 1-800-O-CANADA
- The Weeknd is from Ontario
- Trivial Pursuit was invented by a couple of Canadians, Chris Hanley and Scott Abbott
- Michael Buble is a proud Canadian
- Wayne Gretzky is a Canadian
- We invented the Caesar
- We created butter tarts – and if you haven’t ever tried them, you are missing out!
- Our saskatoon berries are way better than blueberries!
- The only place you can get a coffee crisp is in Canada
- All dressed chips are a Canadian invention
- Pamela Anderson of Baywatch fame is from British Columbia
- Over 200,000 pancakes are served at the Calgary Stampede
- Toronto has more than 8000 restaurants
- Canadians eat an average of 190 eggs per year
- 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!