Happy 150th Birthday Canada!
As Canada gets ready to celebrate its 150th anniversary, I wanted to tell you some of my favorite places right here in Canada. It’s part of my 150 great things about Canada. Yesterday I talked about 50 great facts about Canadian people and food, and tomorrow I talk about interesting Canadian facts.
- We have Niagara Falls, the collective name for the 3 waterfalls that straddle the Canadian and US border. On the Canadian side, we are home to the most impressive of the three falls, the Horseshoe Falls, which is the most powerful waterfall in North America.
- Our national parks are free all year long for 2017! Go to any province and you can check out the national parks for the grand sum of $0. And the parks are amazing – every one of them!
- The Qu’Appelle Valley is one of the prettiest places in Saskatchewan. Named after the French name for Who Calls, the Qu’Appelle Valley is about 400 kilometers long
- We have the most amazing places that nobody knows about, like Lazy Lake in British Columbia. It’s up the side of a mountain, and being there is like becoming one with nature
- As the second largest country, we have it all, from rainforests to prairies, to mountains and oceans.
- Newfoundland was its own country until 1949 when it joined Canada
- People from Newfoundland sound more like they are from Ireland than Canada (Waterford Ireland to be exact)
- Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park, established in 1885Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Rockie
- Wood Buffalo National Park, located in northern Alberta and southern Northwest Territories, is larger than Switzerland
- We have towns and cities with great names, such as Moose Jaw
- If you really want to see what a town or city in Canada has to offer, find a local to tell you what they like about their town or city. That’s how I’ve found the most amazing places
- Our lakes and rivers are gorgeous
- You can head to Churchill Manitoba to see polar bears in their native habitat. But stay in those bus things because you don’t want to go toe to toe with a polar bear!
- The CN Tower in Toronto is the highest structure in the Western Hemisphere. At 553.33 m (1,815ft, 5 inches), it’s a landmark that you can’t miss
- The CN Tower can withstand winds of 418 km/hour
- Our youngest province, Nunavut, is only 18 years old, but the oldest, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick are (you guessed it) 150 years old!
- The border between Canada and the US is the largest border between 2 countries in the world
- The province of Newfoundland and Labrador has dog breeds named after it
- There is no place on Prince Edward Island that is more than 16 kilometers from the sea
- Canada is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world
- St.John’s Newfoundland is the oldest city in North America
- The West Edmonton Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in North America, is home to the largest indoor amusement park in North America
- We have the world’s largest lake within a lake – Manitou Lake on Manitoulin Island is the biggest lake within a lake (I didn’t even know that was a thing)
- On nights that they are active, the Northern Lights glow as soon as you leave the city lights. If you’ve never seen the aurora borealis in person, you need to!
- The CN Tower in Toronto is considered to be one of the seventh modern wonders of the world
- At 32,134 km Vancouver Island is the largest island on the west coast of North America
- It’s also Canada’s second most populous island, after Montreal
- And it’s the largest Pacific island anywhere east of New Zealand
- The house that inspired Anne of Green Gables is located in PEI and it’s now a National Historic site
- The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, at Drumheller, Alberta, has the largest display of dinosaurs on Earth
- The Eagle’s Eye restaurant at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort near Golden, British Columbia, is the country’s highest restaurant. Located at the summit of the Golden Eagle Express gondola, it’s 2,350 m above sea level.
- Ocean Falls, British Columbia has on average 330 days of rain per year
- Newfoundland has no crickets, porcupines, skunks, snakes or deer
- The Confederation Bridge completed in 1997 joins PEI to New Brunswick. It is the longest bridge in the world over ice-covered waters
- The Halifax Explosion in 1917 was the world’s largest man-made explosion prior to Hiroshima. About 2,000 people were killed and 9,000 injured when a French cargo ship loaded with wartime explosives collided with an empty Norwegian ship. It caught fire and 25 minutes later exploded
- Halifax is closer to Dublin that Victoria
- It’s also home to the second largest ice-free natural harbor in the world after Sydney, Australia
- Naheed Nenshi of Calgary was the first Muslim to become a mayor of a major Canadian city
- With 2300 hours of sunshine a year, Calgary is our sunniest city
- Wasaga Beach, Ontario, is the longest freshwater beach in the world. It is on Lake Huron
- The Rideau Canal in Ottawa is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, and it’s registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- It’s also the world’s largest skating rink in the winter
- The Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City is the world’s most photographed hotel
- Iqaluit, Nunavut, is home to approximately 7,250 people. It’s got the smallest population of any capital city in Canada.
- On June 21st, the longest day of the year, Iqaluit gets 20.5 hours of sunlight
- The highest tides in the world occur in the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick
- The longest highway in the world is the Trans-Canada Highway which is over 7,604 kilometers (4,725 miles) in length
- Alert, in Nunavut, is the northernmost permanent settlement in the world
- Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in the world
- The Regina Tornado of June 30, 1912, rated as F4 (winds of 330 to 416 kilometres per hour) was the most severe tornado so far known in Canada. It killed 28 people, injured hundreds, and caused millions of dollars in damage
Check out the first 50 reasons why Canada rocks in the people and food edition.
Lazy Lake, British Columbia
Tomorrow we are talking about just plain old interesting facts about Canada.