5. August 2009, 17:23 | by WD Milner | Full Article

Some Canadian trivia . . .

  • Canadian inventions include the telephone, snowshoes, snowmobiles, the zipper and Trivial Pursuit.
  • The name Canada is derived from the Huron/Iroquois word “kanata” which means village or settlement.
  • Canada’s overall population density is four people per square kilometre.
  • Greenpeace was founded in Canada in 1970.
  • Canada has more fresh water than any other country in the world. Lake Superior is the largest fresh water lake on earth, covering 82,100 square kilometres.
  • Insulin was discovered by Canadian researchers.
  • The world’s largest trees grow in the ancient rain forest of Canada’s Pacific coast. They average 60 metres in height with some growing to more than 90 metres.
  • The Pacific Ocean off Canada’s west coast has more species of marine animals than enay other temperate seashore on earth.
  • Confederation Bridge, the world’s longest continuous multispan bridge over ice-inhabited waters, links Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.
  • The Château Montebello, a resort hotel in Montebello, Québec, is the largest log cabin in the world, built out of 10,000 logs in 1930.
  • The History of Emily Montague (1769), an account of Québec in the eighteenth century written by Francis Moore Brooke, the wife of an English army chaplin, was the first novel published in Canada and indeed in North America.
  • Uniquely Canadian dog breeds include the Cnadian Eskimo Dog, Tahltan Bear Dog, Newfoundland Dog, Labrador Retriever and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Yonge Street is the longest street in the world running from the Toronto, Ontario waterfront to Rainy River on the Minnesota (U.S.A.) border; a distance of 1,886 kilometres.
  • A chinook, a warm dry wind that occurs mainly in southern Alberta can raise air temperature by more than 25° Celcius in one hour.
  • The fastest land animal in Canada is the pronghorn antelope of the Prairies, which can reach speeds of 95 kilometres per hour over short distances.
  • The longest covered bridge in the world crosses the St. John River at Hartland, New Brunswick and measures 385 metres long.
  • The blue whale, found in Canadian waters mainly along the east coast and northward, is the largest animal on earth, growing up to 27 metres in length and reaching weights of 132 tonnes.

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