36 Delightful Facts about Canada
1. People in Churchill leave their car doors unlocked in case their neighbours need to make a quick escape from polar bears.
2. There’s also a prison for polar bears who break into peoples’ homes for food.
3. No cows in Canada are given artificial hormones for milk production.
Which means no dairy products, like milk, cheese, or yogurt, produced in Canada contain hormones either!
4. For one day in 1943, Ottawa designated a hospital room to be “extraterritorial” (international) ground so a Dutch princess could be born a full Dutch citizen.
(A Dutch requirement for her to keep her princess title.)
5. And every year the Netherlands send Canada thousands of tulips to show their gratitude.
6. Which inspired Ottawa’s annual Tulip Festival.
Held in May, it showcases millions of beautiful tulips in bloom. Alexandre Deslongchamps/Alexandre Deslongchamps
7. Canada has banned the Westboro Baptist Church members from entering the country and picketing funerals.
Hate speech is a penalized offense by the federal and provincial government.
8. Kraft Dinner (“KD”) is the top-selling grocery item in the country. Canadians consume 55% more of it than Americans do.
9. The quality of their tap water is often better than bottled water.
10. They have a $300 collectors’ gold coin that has a narwhal on it.
11. And a special quarter with a GLOW-IN-THE DARK DINOSAUR on it.
12. The Canadian Mint also created a $1,000,000 coin that is actually usable.
13. Canada is the most educated country in the world.
14. It has an “Apology Act.” It allows an apology in court to be a sign of compassion and empathy, not guilt.
15. In the 1930 World Cup, Canada’s hockey team was so badass they didn’t even have to play knockout rounds and were placed directly in the final game. They then went on to win gold.
16. Canada’s Post Office receives millions of letters addressed to “Santa Claus, North Pole” each year. They respond to each one as Mrs. Claus. It’s an employee-led volunteering initiative
17. They’ve claimed the address “Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0.”
18. A part of the country actually has less gravity than the rest of Earth.
19. During the holiday seasons, it has a volunteer service that gives free rides to those too drunk or too tired to drive.
The program is called “Operation Red Nose” (“Opération Nez Rouge”) and the drivers are called sleigh deer. operationnezrouge.com
20. The nation’s official phone number is 1-800-O-Canada.
I kid you not.
21. George Street in Newfoundland has more bars and pubs per square feet than on any street in North America.
22. Canada does not allow pre-employment or randomized employee drug tests.
23. An Ontario man invented Hawaiian pizza.
24. There is a strategic maple syrup reserve.
25. Alberta, Canada, is the only region in the entire world free of Norwegian rats.
26. In 1947, a group of kids protested after the price of chocolate bars were raised from 5 cents to 8 cents.
27. The Citizenship and Immigration Minister declared that Santa Claus is Canadian.
28. It has an island called “Dildo.”
29. The term “trick or treat” was first used in Alberta.
30. Canadian McDonald’s exclusively sell the McLobster.
31. You can thank Kiefer Sutherland’s grandpa for bringing the country universal healthcare.
32. The University of Victoria offers a course called the “Science of Batman.”
33. In Saskatchewan, a hoodie is called a “bunnyhug.”
34. Half of Canada’s provinces (which accounts for more than 85% of the population) are governed by women.
35. A town in British Columbia has the postal code “V4G 1N4.”
36. Studies find Canadians to be the second happiest people in the world. And they’re only getting happier.