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10 Things a West Coaster Learned on a First Visit to Stew Leonard’s Slideshow

10 Things a West Coaster Learned on a First Visit to Stew Leonard’s Slideshow

From dancing cartons of milk to endless free samples, I discover why the tristate area loves this grocery

"Disneyland of Dairy Stores" and so much more.

There’s an Animal Farm Outside for the Kids

Stew Leonard’s initially started as a dairy farm back in the 1920s. had to relocate his Norwalk-based Clover Farms Dairy when the new Route 7 highway was built. He promised the owner of the land he wanted to buy that he’d build a farm there for her sheep — and even added goats, ducks, and chickens for her, too. Since then the animal farm has become an iconic part of the Stew Leonard’s experience.

It Has Its Own Range of Cookie Dough

Forget lining up for hours in New York City. Stew Leonard’s has come up with its own range of cookie dough treats that have been equally popular. With flavors like Caramel Sea Salt and Birthday Cake, they’re indulgently sweet and addictively satisfying. You’ll know you shouldn’t really be eating as much as you will, but that won’t stop you.

The Lobster Rolls Are One of the Best Values in the Store

I have an unhealthy obsession with lobster rolls, which is normally kept in check by the fact that I can’t financially afford to eat too many of them. So you can understand my incredible joy when discovering large, meaty, fresh lobster rolls for less than $10. Filled with large chunks of freshly seasoned lobster from Maine, on soft pillows of bread – these bad boys are done perfectly, and you’ll never get this much lobster for that price. They sell more than $10,000 worth of them each week in one store alone, and it’s a Stew Leonard’s secret buy that I would return just to feast on.

The Store Is Filled With Dancing and Singing Animatronics

You won’t be blamed for thinking that you’ve entered some food-based Disneyland attraction, with all the talking cows, dancing bananas, and a milk carton bluegrass band all entertaining kids throughout the aisles. “It costs a lot of money to build them and put them in,” admits Leonard. But he’s definitely got no regrets, and he enjoys watching kids transfixed by the regular performances. “There’s no financial return on investment. You just have to do it and say, ‘We’re going to try to make a nice experience for the customers.’ The kids love it!”

The Customer Service Is Crazy Good

And when you meet Stew, you understand why. These guys are one big happy family, and apart from knowing most of the customers by name, the staff makes it a priority to ensure that everyone is having a good time. They’ve got two rules that are proudly displayed at the front of the store as you walk in: 1) The customer is always right. 2) If the customer is ever wrong, reread Rule 1. “When the customers come through and interact with everyone that works here, we want to be a pleasant experience — no attitudes, and we really want to make you happy,” say Leonard. “We’re in the fresh food business, and we don’t sell everything perfect every day. Something might not be as ripe as it should be, or not have the right flavor.”

They Sell the Biggest Tomahawk Steaks You’ll Ever See

I’m talking humongous, bigger-than-your-head steaks that you’ll need two hands to hold. Looking like something straight out of The Flintstones, these are a huge hit on Father’s Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and most Tuesdays. They’re guaranteed to more than satisfy all the carnivores at your family grill.

Families Have Grown Up on the Chocolate Milk

Each year, Stew Leonard’s sells more than 2 million half gallons of milk, but it’s the chocolate milk that the locals really go crazy over. They drink it every day, and they rave about it. Fearing a sickly sweet and artificially flavored drink, I was skeptical at first, but honestly, after drinking it, I can understand how people get hooked. It’s beautifully smooth and creamy with just the right amount of rich, chocolatey flavor. It’s way too easy to drink, and reminds me of the perfect after-school drink as a kid.

It Is Absolute Paradise for Carb-Lovers

The first smell that hits you when you walk into the store is the insane (and I’m not exaggerating) smell of fresh baked goods. It’s a smack to the nostrils of warm bread, beautiful cakes, and piping hot muffins. They’ve got a plethora of different varieties of loaves straight out of the oven, being bagged right in front of you, as well as countless pastries and cookies. I watched them fry apple cider donuts, pop rice cakes, and even roll out tortillas — all in the store. Before my eyes they were bagged and made ready for me to take to the register. They’ve got rainbow bagels, protein bread, and a ton of different cakes. But Stew’s favorite? He’s slightly obsessed with the Incredible Chewy Chocolate Pecan Cookies. They’re crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, with a beautifully rich chocolate center — and you won’t just be able to eat one, let me tell you now.

Its Buffet Bar Is Huge and Ever-Changing

Buffets aren’t uncommon in this part of the world, but it’s unusual to find such quality and variety at them. Freshly prepared seafood, a dim sum bar, a wings bar — yes, a separate bar for the different varieties of wings — and a selection of carved roast meats look after people’s lunch and dinner needs. “The chefs are always trying to make new things because everybody doesn’t want the same things, we’re changing up about 10-20 percent of it every day,” says Leonard. They also feature a different specialty every day. “We started a chef’s station, put a giant paella pan there, and it took off — people loved it. And then we started doing a different theme every day, we have an Italian day, a Mexican day. Customers like the change.”

Free samples — No More Needs to Be Said

Call me basic, but I’m all about free samples. I may have spent most of my time at Stew Leonard’s moving from one sample station to the other. There are so many opportunities to try new foods in store — from chips that have literally come straight out of the fryer, to new protein breads that have just been baked. And don’t go thinking that the staff will give you weird looks for diving into the food on offer. “When I go to a food store, I get hungry,” Leonard explained. “I always see the soup, and think, ‘I’d love to taste that,’ and one of the things we try to do is make the experience nicer, when you’re able to nibble a little bit, and taste all the things throughout the store.” The bottom line is that you’re not going to go hungry while doing your groceries, which is a win for everyone.


Canada's geological, geographical, economic, and social diversity makes it a fascinating country. Here are some Canada facts for kids you might not know. Since Canada uses the metric system for measurement, all measurements will be listed in metric.

Cool Things to Know About Canada

Here are some statistics about Canada:

  • In terms of land mass, Canada is the second largest country in the world. It has 9,971,000 square kilometers.
  • Canada is the fifth largest producer of energy in the world.
  • In terms of population to land mass (population density), Canada has only three people per one square kilometer. That makes it the country with the fourth lowest population density worldwide.
  • No country in the world has higher enrollment in college and university education than Canada.
  • Canada is the ninth largest economy in the world.
  • The town of New Quebec, Canada has the world's largest meteor crater.
  • One tenth of the world's forests are in Canada.
  • More than 32 million people live in Canada.
  • About 6 million Canadians speak French.
  • You can find the world's longest coastline in Canada.
  • Canada doesn't have states. It has 10 provinces and three territories.
  • Canada is so vast that its East Coast is geographically closer to London, England than to its own West Coast.
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • Canada has the fifth largest island in the world - Baffin Island, which is larger than all but two American states.
  • Canada means 'village' or 'settlement' in Iroquois.
  • The United States-Canadian border is the world's longest shared border. It is also the world's longest unprotected border.
  • Canada's largest city, Toronto, has about five million people.
  • Almost half of Canada's population were born in other countries.
  • Every year, Quebec City has a hotel made entirely of ice. The hotel melts in the summer, but is rebuilt every winter.
  • Canada only has one desert.

Amazing Facts About Canada's Flag

The Canadian flag features a maple leaf and the colors red and white, but there's a lot more to it than that!

  • It took about 70 years of ideas before Canada had a national flag.
  • In 1925 and 1946 committees were formed to vote on designs, but they never did a final vote.
  • In 1946, there were more than 2500 proposed flag designs.
  • Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the sparse red and white maple leaf design as the National Flag of Canada in 1965.
  • The single maple leaf design was first suggested in 1919 by Major General Sir Eugene Fiset.
  • Canadian athletes began wearing the single maple leaf design in 1904.
  • King George V declared red and white to be Canada's national colors in 1921.
  • Dr. Günter Wyszecki picked out the exact shade of red to be used on the flag.
  • George Bist is credited with choosing the precise dimensions of each colored section.
  • The final maple leaf image was designed by Jacques St-Cyr.
  • One of the three final proposed flag designs included the Union Jack in one corner and a fleur-de-lis design in the other corner.
  • Another proposed design featured blue sections on either end of the flag with three connected maple leaves in the center.
  • The only other official National Flag of Canada was the Royal Union Jack.
  • The Red Ensign was unofficially used as Canada's National Flag from 1871 to 1965.
  • The flag is twice as long as it is wide.
  • The maple leaf has been a prominent Canadian symbol for more than 300 years.
  • Red and white were the colors used by English and French crusaders.
  • The red color on the flag is called "gules" and the white is "pale argent."

Cool Things That Come From Canada

Canada is home to lots of innovators. Here are some cool things invented in Canada:

  • Baseball glove
  • Basketball
  • Electric range
  • Electric light bulbs
  • Zippers
  • Electron microscope
  • Plexiglass
  • Antigravity suits
  • Dental mirrors
  • Goalie mask
  • IMAX
  • Pacemakers
  • Paint rollers
  • Pizza delivery
  • Roller skates
  • Snowmobiles
  • Snow blowers
  • Walkie talkies
  • Yahtzee
  • Washing machines

Interesting Canada Food Facts

Food statistics can help you understand the interesting culture of foods made in Canada and the fascinating drinks that accompany them.

  • There are just under 200,000 farms in Canada.
  • The average Canadian throws away about 170 kilograms of food every year.
  • Potatoes and wheat are the most popular source of carbohydrates.
  • Rice is more popular than corn.
  • Canadians eat more chicken and turkey than beef.
  • Bananas are the most plentiful fruit.
  • Coffee is more abundant than beer.
  • There are more litres of wine available per Canadian than orange juice.
  • Poutine was invented in Quebec in the 1950s.
  • More than 75 percent of the world's mustard supply comes from Canada
  • Canadian bacon is actually called peameal bacon in Canada.
  • Hawaiian pizza was invented in Ontario in the 1960s.
  • Canadians eat more Kraft Dinner, or Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, than any other country.
  • Canada makes more than 75 percent of the world's maple syrup supply.
  • The canola flower is Canada's most profitable crop.
  • Some of the world's largest freshwater reserves are found in Canada.
  • Ginger ale was invented by a Toronto pharmacist in 1919.

Cool People From Canada

Not only does Canada invent useful things, but a lot of really famous people have come from Canada. Here are just a few:

Embarrassing Facts About Canada

While most Canadians are proud of where they come from, these embarrassing facts might have them hiding their faces for a moment.

  • Jacques Cartier misunderstood some Iroquois who used the word "Kanata" for a village and called the whole region Canada.
  • Those who aren't ready to actually surf can now river surf in the Lower Kananaskis River.
  • Bathtub Island is one of the hidden gem locations in Canada.
  • Canadian Suresh Joachim set the world record in 2008 for longest non-stop Elvis impersonation.
  • In 2010, the University of Alberta broke the world record for the largest dodgeball game.
  • Over 200 combines were used at the same time in a Manitoba field in 2010 to set the world record for most combine harvesters working simultaneously on the same field.
  • The world's largest parking lot is found at the West Edmonton Mall.
  • The first UFO landing pad ever installed was built in St. Paul, Alberta.
  • Justin Bieber's video for "Baby" is the most disliked video on YouTube.
  • Canada holds more donut shops per capita than any other country.
  • Head Smashed In-Bufalo-Jump is the name of a real Canadian heritage site.
  • There are more airports in the country with unpaved runways than paved runways.
  • Vancouver's namesake, Captain Vancouver, is said to have hated the place.
  • In Dawson City, Yukon, you can join the Sour Toe Cocktail Club by downing a drink that contains an actual toe.
  • Until 1995, it was not legal to sell butter-colored margarine in Ontario.

Funny Canada Facts

From weird traditions to wacky places to visit, you can find lots of funny tidbits about Canadian culture.

  • Canada can claim the world's smallest jail, which is in Ontario. It is only 24.3 square meters.
  • It is widely believed Santa Claus is from Canada.
  • Many people believe that Canada owns the North Pole. It doesn't.
  • Dog food is tax-deductible in Canada.
  • You can find a 32-foot tin soldier in New Westminster, BC.
  • In 1923 at the Calgary Stampede, the first chuck wagon race was held.
  • License plates for vehicles in Nunavut are shaped like polar bears.
  • The world's largest concentration of garter snakes can be found in spring in Manitoba.
  • In Sudbury, Ontario you can be fined up to $5,000 for attaching a siren to your bicycle.
  • An old law from 1985 limits the number of coins you can use in a single transaction at Canadian retailers.
  • It's illegal to build a snowman taller than 30 inches if you live on a corner lot in Souris, Prince Edward Island.
  • A law in Petrolia, Ontario says people are prohibited from yelling, singing, or whistling at all times.

Quttinirpaaq National Park is so remote only 17 people visited it in 2016.


Canada's geological, geographical, economic, and social diversity makes it a fascinating country. Here are some Canada facts for kids you might not know. Since Canada uses the metric system for measurement, all measurements will be listed in metric.

Cool Things to Know About Canada

Here are some statistics about Canada:

  • In terms of land mass, Canada is the second largest country in the world. It has 9,971,000 square kilometers.
  • Canada is the fifth largest producer of energy in the world.
  • In terms of population to land mass (population density), Canada has only three people per one square kilometer. That makes it the country with the fourth lowest population density worldwide.
  • No country in the world has higher enrollment in college and university education than Canada.
  • Canada is the ninth largest economy in the world.
  • The town of New Quebec, Canada has the world's largest meteor crater.
  • One tenth of the world's forests are in Canada.
  • More than 32 million people live in Canada.
  • About 6 million Canadians speak French.
  • You can find the world's longest coastline in Canada.
  • Canada doesn't have states. It has 10 provinces and three territories.
  • Canada is so vast that its East Coast is geographically closer to London, England than to its own West Coast.
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • Canada has the fifth largest island in the world - Baffin Island, which is larger than all but two American states.
  • Canada means 'village' or 'settlement' in Iroquois.
  • The United States-Canadian border is the world's longest shared border. It is also the world's longest unprotected border.
  • Canada's largest city, Toronto, has about five million people.
  • Almost half of Canada's population were born in other countries.
  • Every year, Quebec City has a hotel made entirely of ice. The hotel melts in the summer, but is rebuilt every winter.
  • Canada only has one desert.

Amazing Facts About Canada's Flag

The Canadian flag features a maple leaf and the colors red and white, but there's a lot more to it than that!

  • It took about 70 years of ideas before Canada had a national flag.
  • In 1925 and 1946 committees were formed to vote on designs, but they never did a final vote.
  • In 1946, there were more than 2500 proposed flag designs.
  • Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the sparse red and white maple leaf design as the National Flag of Canada in 1965.
  • The single maple leaf design was first suggested in 1919 by Major General Sir Eugene Fiset.
  • Canadian athletes began wearing the single maple leaf design in 1904.
  • King George V declared red and white to be Canada's national colors in 1921.
  • Dr. Günter Wyszecki picked out the exact shade of red to be used on the flag.
  • George Bist is credited with choosing the precise dimensions of each colored section.
  • The final maple leaf image was designed by Jacques St-Cyr.
  • One of the three final proposed flag designs included the Union Jack in one corner and a fleur-de-lis design in the other corner.
  • Another proposed design featured blue sections on either end of the flag with three connected maple leaves in the center.
  • The only other official National Flag of Canada was the Royal Union Jack.
  • The Red Ensign was unofficially used as Canada's National Flag from 1871 to 1965.
  • The flag is twice as long as it is wide.
  • The maple leaf has been a prominent Canadian symbol for more than 300 years.
  • Red and white were the colors used by English and French crusaders.
  • The red color on the flag is called "gules" and the white is "pale argent."

Cool Things That Come From Canada

Canada is home to lots of innovators. Here are some cool things invented in Canada:

  • Baseball glove
  • Basketball
  • Electric range
  • Electric light bulbs
  • Zippers
  • Electron microscope
  • Plexiglass
  • Antigravity suits
  • Dental mirrors
  • Goalie mask
  • IMAX
  • Pacemakers
  • Paint rollers
  • Pizza delivery
  • Roller skates
  • Snowmobiles
  • Snow blowers
  • Walkie talkies
  • Yahtzee
  • Washing machines

Interesting Canada Food Facts

Food statistics can help you understand the interesting culture of foods made in Canada and the fascinating drinks that accompany them.

  • There are just under 200,000 farms in Canada.
  • The average Canadian throws away about 170 kilograms of food every year.
  • Potatoes and wheat are the most popular source of carbohydrates.
  • Rice is more popular than corn.
  • Canadians eat more chicken and turkey than beef.
  • Bananas are the most plentiful fruit.
  • Coffee is more abundant than beer.
  • There are more litres of wine available per Canadian than orange juice.
  • Poutine was invented in Quebec in the 1950s.
  • More than 75 percent of the world's mustard supply comes from Canada
  • Canadian bacon is actually called peameal bacon in Canada.
  • Hawaiian pizza was invented in Ontario in the 1960s.
  • Canadians eat more Kraft Dinner, or Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, than any other country.
  • Canada makes more than 75 percent of the world's maple syrup supply.
  • The canola flower is Canada's most profitable crop.
  • Some of the world's largest freshwater reserves are found in Canada.
  • Ginger ale was invented by a Toronto pharmacist in 1919.

Cool People From Canada

Not only does Canada invent useful things, but a lot of really famous people have come from Canada. Here are just a few:

Embarrassing Facts About Canada

While most Canadians are proud of where they come from, these embarrassing facts might have them hiding their faces for a moment.

  • Jacques Cartier misunderstood some Iroquois who used the word "Kanata" for a village and called the whole region Canada.
  • Those who aren't ready to actually surf can now river surf in the Lower Kananaskis River.
  • Bathtub Island is one of the hidden gem locations in Canada.
  • Canadian Suresh Joachim set the world record in 2008 for longest non-stop Elvis impersonation.
  • In 2010, the University of Alberta broke the world record for the largest dodgeball game.
  • Over 200 combines were used at the same time in a Manitoba field in 2010 to set the world record for most combine harvesters working simultaneously on the same field.
  • The world's largest parking lot is found at the West Edmonton Mall.
  • The first UFO landing pad ever installed was built in St. Paul, Alberta.
  • Justin Bieber's video for "Baby" is the most disliked video on YouTube.
  • Canada holds more donut shops per capita than any other country.
  • Head Smashed In-Bufalo-Jump is the name of a real Canadian heritage site.
  • There are more airports in the country with unpaved runways than paved runways.
  • Vancouver's namesake, Captain Vancouver, is said to have hated the place.
  • In Dawson City, Yukon, you can join the Sour Toe Cocktail Club by downing a drink that contains an actual toe.
  • Until 1995, it was not legal to sell butter-colored margarine in Ontario.

Funny Canada Facts

From weird traditions to wacky places to visit, you can find lots of funny tidbits about Canadian culture.

  • Canada can claim the world's smallest jail, which is in Ontario. It is only 24.3 square meters.
  • It is widely believed Santa Claus is from Canada.
  • Many people believe that Canada owns the North Pole. It doesn't.
  • Dog food is tax-deductible in Canada.
  • You can find a 32-foot tin soldier in New Westminster, BC.
  • In 1923 at the Calgary Stampede, the first chuck wagon race was held.
  • License plates for vehicles in Nunavut are shaped like polar bears.
  • The world's largest concentration of garter snakes can be found in spring in Manitoba.
  • In Sudbury, Ontario you can be fined up to $5,000 for attaching a siren to your bicycle.
  • An old law from 1985 limits the number of coins you can use in a single transaction at Canadian retailers.
  • It's illegal to build a snowman taller than 30 inches if you live on a corner lot in Souris, Prince Edward Island.
  • A law in Petrolia, Ontario says people are prohibited from yelling, singing, or whistling at all times.

Quttinirpaaq National Park is so remote only 17 people visited it in 2016.


Canada's geological, geographical, economic, and social diversity makes it a fascinating country. Here are some Canada facts for kids you might not know. Since Canada uses the metric system for measurement, all measurements will be listed in metric.

Cool Things to Know About Canada

Here are some statistics about Canada:

  • In terms of land mass, Canada is the second largest country in the world. It has 9,971,000 square kilometers.
  • Canada is the fifth largest producer of energy in the world.
  • In terms of population to land mass (population density), Canada has only three people per one square kilometer. That makes it the country with the fourth lowest population density worldwide.
  • No country in the world has higher enrollment in college and university education than Canada.
  • Canada is the ninth largest economy in the world.
  • The town of New Quebec, Canada has the world's largest meteor crater.
  • One tenth of the world's forests are in Canada.
  • More than 32 million people live in Canada.
  • About 6 million Canadians speak French.
  • You can find the world's longest coastline in Canada.
  • Canada doesn't have states. It has 10 provinces and three territories.
  • Canada is so vast that its East Coast is geographically closer to London, England than to its own West Coast.
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • Canada has the fifth largest island in the world - Baffin Island, which is larger than all but two American states.
  • Canada means 'village' or 'settlement' in Iroquois.
  • The United States-Canadian border is the world's longest shared border. It is also the world's longest unprotected border.
  • Canada's largest city, Toronto, has about five million people.
  • Almost half of Canada's population were born in other countries.
  • Every year, Quebec City has a hotel made entirely of ice. The hotel melts in the summer, but is rebuilt every winter.
  • Canada only has one desert.

Amazing Facts About Canada's Flag

The Canadian flag features a maple leaf and the colors red and white, but there's a lot more to it than that!

  • It took about 70 years of ideas before Canada had a national flag.
  • In 1925 and 1946 committees were formed to vote on designs, but they never did a final vote.
  • In 1946, there were more than 2500 proposed flag designs.
  • Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the sparse red and white maple leaf design as the National Flag of Canada in 1965.
  • The single maple leaf design was first suggested in 1919 by Major General Sir Eugene Fiset.
  • Canadian athletes began wearing the single maple leaf design in 1904.
  • King George V declared red and white to be Canada's national colors in 1921.
  • Dr. Günter Wyszecki picked out the exact shade of red to be used on the flag.
  • George Bist is credited with choosing the precise dimensions of each colored section.
  • The final maple leaf image was designed by Jacques St-Cyr.
  • One of the three final proposed flag designs included the Union Jack in one corner and a fleur-de-lis design in the other corner.
  • Another proposed design featured blue sections on either end of the flag with three connected maple leaves in the center.
  • The only other official National Flag of Canada was the Royal Union Jack.
  • The Red Ensign was unofficially used as Canada's National Flag from 1871 to 1965.
  • The flag is twice as long as it is wide.
  • The maple leaf has been a prominent Canadian symbol for more than 300 years.
  • Red and white were the colors used by English and French crusaders.
  • The red color on the flag is called "gules" and the white is "pale argent."

Cool Things That Come From Canada

Canada is home to lots of innovators. Here are some cool things invented in Canada:

  • Baseball glove
  • Basketball
  • Electric range
  • Electric light bulbs
  • Zippers
  • Electron microscope
  • Plexiglass
  • Antigravity suits
  • Dental mirrors
  • Goalie mask
  • IMAX
  • Pacemakers
  • Paint rollers
  • Pizza delivery
  • Roller skates
  • Snowmobiles
  • Snow blowers
  • Walkie talkies
  • Yahtzee
  • Washing machines

Interesting Canada Food Facts

Food statistics can help you understand the interesting culture of foods made in Canada and the fascinating drinks that accompany them.

  • There are just under 200,000 farms in Canada.
  • The average Canadian throws away about 170 kilograms of food every year.
  • Potatoes and wheat are the most popular source of carbohydrates.
  • Rice is more popular than corn.
  • Canadians eat more chicken and turkey than beef.
  • Bananas are the most plentiful fruit.
  • Coffee is more abundant than beer.
  • There are more litres of wine available per Canadian than orange juice.
  • Poutine was invented in Quebec in the 1950s.
  • More than 75 percent of the world's mustard supply comes from Canada
  • Canadian bacon is actually called peameal bacon in Canada.
  • Hawaiian pizza was invented in Ontario in the 1960s.
  • Canadians eat more Kraft Dinner, or Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, than any other country.
  • Canada makes more than 75 percent of the world's maple syrup supply.
  • The canola flower is Canada's most profitable crop.
  • Some of the world's largest freshwater reserves are found in Canada.
  • Ginger ale was invented by a Toronto pharmacist in 1919.

Cool People From Canada

Not only does Canada invent useful things, but a lot of really famous people have come from Canada. Here are just a few:

Embarrassing Facts About Canada

While most Canadians are proud of where they come from, these embarrassing facts might have them hiding their faces for a moment.

  • Jacques Cartier misunderstood some Iroquois who used the word "Kanata" for a village and called the whole region Canada.
  • Those who aren't ready to actually surf can now river surf in the Lower Kananaskis River.
  • Bathtub Island is one of the hidden gem locations in Canada.
  • Canadian Suresh Joachim set the world record in 2008 for longest non-stop Elvis impersonation.
  • In 2010, the University of Alberta broke the world record for the largest dodgeball game.
  • Over 200 combines were used at the same time in a Manitoba field in 2010 to set the world record for most combine harvesters working simultaneously on the same field.
  • The world's largest parking lot is found at the West Edmonton Mall.
  • The first UFO landing pad ever installed was built in St. Paul, Alberta.
  • Justin Bieber's video for "Baby" is the most disliked video on YouTube.
  • Canada holds more donut shops per capita than any other country.
  • Head Smashed In-Bufalo-Jump is the name of a real Canadian heritage site.
  • There are more airports in the country with unpaved runways than paved runways.
  • Vancouver's namesake, Captain Vancouver, is said to have hated the place.
  • In Dawson City, Yukon, you can join the Sour Toe Cocktail Club by downing a drink that contains an actual toe.
  • Until 1995, it was not legal to sell butter-colored margarine in Ontario.

Funny Canada Facts

From weird traditions to wacky places to visit, you can find lots of funny tidbits about Canadian culture.

  • Canada can claim the world's smallest jail, which is in Ontario. It is only 24.3 square meters.
  • It is widely believed Santa Claus is from Canada.
  • Many people believe that Canada owns the North Pole. It doesn't.
  • Dog food is tax-deductible in Canada.
  • You can find a 32-foot tin soldier in New Westminster, BC.
  • In 1923 at the Calgary Stampede, the first chuck wagon race was held.
  • License plates for vehicles in Nunavut are shaped like polar bears.
  • The world's largest concentration of garter snakes can be found in spring in Manitoba.
  • In Sudbury, Ontario you can be fined up to $5,000 for attaching a siren to your bicycle.
  • An old law from 1985 limits the number of coins you can use in a single transaction at Canadian retailers.
  • It's illegal to build a snowman taller than 30 inches if you live on a corner lot in Souris, Prince Edward Island.
  • A law in Petrolia, Ontario says people are prohibited from yelling, singing, or whistling at all times.

Quttinirpaaq National Park is so remote only 17 people visited it in 2016.


Canada's geological, geographical, economic, and social diversity makes it a fascinating country. Here are some Canada facts for kids you might not know. Since Canada uses the metric system for measurement, all measurements will be listed in metric.

Cool Things to Know About Canada

Here are some statistics about Canada:

  • In terms of land mass, Canada is the second largest country in the world. It has 9,971,000 square kilometers.
  • Canada is the fifth largest producer of energy in the world.
  • In terms of population to land mass (population density), Canada has only three people per one square kilometer. That makes it the country with the fourth lowest population density worldwide.
  • No country in the world has higher enrollment in college and university education than Canada.
  • Canada is the ninth largest economy in the world.
  • The town of New Quebec, Canada has the world's largest meteor crater.
  • One tenth of the world's forests are in Canada.
  • More than 32 million people live in Canada.
  • About 6 million Canadians speak French.
  • You can find the world's longest coastline in Canada.
  • Canada doesn't have states. It has 10 provinces and three territories.
  • Canada is so vast that its East Coast is geographically closer to London, England than to its own West Coast.
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • Canada has the fifth largest island in the world - Baffin Island, which is larger than all but two American states.
  • Canada means 'village' or 'settlement' in Iroquois.
  • The United States-Canadian border is the world's longest shared border. It is also the world's longest unprotected border.
  • Canada's largest city, Toronto, has about five million people.
  • Almost half of Canada's population were born in other countries.
  • Every year, Quebec City has a hotel made entirely of ice. The hotel melts in the summer, but is rebuilt every winter.
  • Canada only has one desert.

Amazing Facts About Canada's Flag

The Canadian flag features a maple leaf and the colors red and white, but there's a lot more to it than that!

  • It took about 70 years of ideas before Canada had a national flag.
  • In 1925 and 1946 committees were formed to vote on designs, but they never did a final vote.
  • In 1946, there were more than 2500 proposed flag designs.
  • Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the sparse red and white maple leaf design as the National Flag of Canada in 1965.
  • The single maple leaf design was first suggested in 1919 by Major General Sir Eugene Fiset.
  • Canadian athletes began wearing the single maple leaf design in 1904.
  • King George V declared red and white to be Canada's national colors in 1921.
  • Dr. Günter Wyszecki picked out the exact shade of red to be used on the flag.
  • George Bist is credited with choosing the precise dimensions of each colored section.
  • The final maple leaf image was designed by Jacques St-Cyr.
  • One of the three final proposed flag designs included the Union Jack in one corner and a fleur-de-lis design in the other corner.
  • Another proposed design featured blue sections on either end of the flag with three connected maple leaves in the center.
  • The only other official National Flag of Canada was the Royal Union Jack.
  • The Red Ensign was unofficially used as Canada's National Flag from 1871 to 1965.
  • The flag is twice as long as it is wide.
  • The maple leaf has been a prominent Canadian symbol for more than 300 years.
  • Red and white were the colors used by English and French crusaders.
  • The red color on the flag is called "gules" and the white is "pale argent."

Cool Things That Come From Canada

Canada is home to lots of innovators. Here are some cool things invented in Canada:

  • Baseball glove
  • Basketball
  • Electric range
  • Electric light bulbs
  • Zippers
  • Electron microscope
  • Plexiglass
  • Antigravity suits
  • Dental mirrors
  • Goalie mask
  • IMAX
  • Pacemakers
  • Paint rollers
  • Pizza delivery
  • Roller skates
  • Snowmobiles
  • Snow blowers
  • Walkie talkies
  • Yahtzee
  • Washing machines

Interesting Canada Food Facts

Food statistics can help you understand the interesting culture of foods made in Canada and the fascinating drinks that accompany them.

  • There are just under 200,000 farms in Canada.
  • The average Canadian throws away about 170 kilograms of food every year.
  • Potatoes and wheat are the most popular source of carbohydrates.
  • Rice is more popular than corn.
  • Canadians eat more chicken and turkey than beef.
  • Bananas are the most plentiful fruit.
  • Coffee is more abundant than beer.
  • There are more litres of wine available per Canadian than orange juice.
  • Poutine was invented in Quebec in the 1950s.
  • More than 75 percent of the world's mustard supply comes from Canada
  • Canadian bacon is actually called peameal bacon in Canada.
  • Hawaiian pizza was invented in Ontario in the 1960s.
  • Canadians eat more Kraft Dinner, or Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, than any other country.
  • Canada makes more than 75 percent of the world's maple syrup supply.
  • The canola flower is Canada's most profitable crop.
  • Some of the world's largest freshwater reserves are found in Canada.
  • Ginger ale was invented by a Toronto pharmacist in 1919.

Cool People From Canada

Not only does Canada invent useful things, but a lot of really famous people have come from Canada. Here are just a few:

Embarrassing Facts About Canada

While most Canadians are proud of where they come from, these embarrassing facts might have them hiding their faces for a moment.

  • Jacques Cartier misunderstood some Iroquois who used the word "Kanata" for a village and called the whole region Canada.
  • Those who aren't ready to actually surf can now river surf in the Lower Kananaskis River.
  • Bathtub Island is one of the hidden gem locations in Canada.
  • Canadian Suresh Joachim set the world record in 2008 for longest non-stop Elvis impersonation.
  • In 2010, the University of Alberta broke the world record for the largest dodgeball game.
  • Over 200 combines were used at the same time in a Manitoba field in 2010 to set the world record for most combine harvesters working simultaneously on the same field.
  • The world's largest parking lot is found at the West Edmonton Mall.
  • The first UFO landing pad ever installed was built in St. Paul, Alberta.
  • Justin Bieber's video for "Baby" is the most disliked video on YouTube.
  • Canada holds more donut shops per capita than any other country.
  • Head Smashed In-Bufalo-Jump is the name of a real Canadian heritage site.
  • There are more airports in the country with unpaved runways than paved runways.
  • Vancouver's namesake, Captain Vancouver, is said to have hated the place.
  • In Dawson City, Yukon, you can join the Sour Toe Cocktail Club by downing a drink that contains an actual toe.
  • Until 1995, it was not legal to sell butter-colored margarine in Ontario.

Funny Canada Facts

From weird traditions to wacky places to visit, you can find lots of funny tidbits about Canadian culture.

  • Canada can claim the world's smallest jail, which is in Ontario. It is only 24.3 square meters.
  • It is widely believed Santa Claus is from Canada.
  • Many people believe that Canada owns the North Pole. It doesn't.
  • Dog food is tax-deductible in Canada.
  • You can find a 32-foot tin soldier in New Westminster, BC.
  • In 1923 at the Calgary Stampede, the first chuck wagon race was held.
  • License plates for vehicles in Nunavut are shaped like polar bears.
  • The world's largest concentration of garter snakes can be found in spring in Manitoba.
  • In Sudbury, Ontario you can be fined up to $5,000 for attaching a siren to your bicycle.
  • An old law from 1985 limits the number of coins you can use in a single transaction at Canadian retailers.
  • It's illegal to build a snowman taller than 30 inches if you live on a corner lot in Souris, Prince Edward Island.
  • A law in Petrolia, Ontario says people are prohibited from yelling, singing, or whistling at all times.

Quttinirpaaq National Park is so remote only 17 people visited it in 2016.


Canada's geological, geographical, economic, and social diversity makes it a fascinating country. Here are some Canada facts for kids you might not know. Since Canada uses the metric system for measurement, all measurements will be listed in metric.

Cool Things to Know About Canada

Here are some statistics about Canada:

  • In terms of land mass, Canada is the second largest country in the world. It has 9,971,000 square kilometers.
  • Canada is the fifth largest producer of energy in the world.
  • In terms of population to land mass (population density), Canada has only three people per one square kilometer. That makes it the country with the fourth lowest population density worldwide.
  • No country in the world has higher enrollment in college and university education than Canada.
  • Canada is the ninth largest economy in the world.
  • The town of New Quebec, Canada has the world's largest meteor crater.
  • One tenth of the world's forests are in Canada.
  • More than 32 million people live in Canada.
  • About 6 million Canadians speak French.
  • You can find the world's longest coastline in Canada.
  • Canada doesn't have states. It has 10 provinces and three territories.
  • Canada is so vast that its East Coast is geographically closer to London, England than to its own West Coast.
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • Canada has the fifth largest island in the world - Baffin Island, which is larger than all but two American states.
  • Canada means 'village' or 'settlement' in Iroquois.
  • The United States-Canadian border is the world's longest shared border. It is also the world's longest unprotected border.
  • Canada's largest city, Toronto, has about five million people.
  • Almost half of Canada's population were born in other countries.
  • Every year, Quebec City has a hotel made entirely of ice. The hotel melts in the summer, but is rebuilt every winter.
  • Canada only has one desert.

Amazing Facts About Canada's Flag

The Canadian flag features a maple leaf and the colors red and white, but there's a lot more to it than that!

  • It took about 70 years of ideas before Canada had a national flag.
  • In 1925 and 1946 committees were formed to vote on designs, but they never did a final vote.
  • In 1946, there were more than 2500 proposed flag designs.
  • Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the sparse red and white maple leaf design as the National Flag of Canada in 1965.
  • The single maple leaf design was first suggested in 1919 by Major General Sir Eugene Fiset.
  • Canadian athletes began wearing the single maple leaf design in 1904.
  • King George V declared red and white to be Canada's national colors in 1921.
  • Dr. Günter Wyszecki picked out the exact shade of red to be used on the flag.
  • George Bist is credited with choosing the precise dimensions of each colored section.
  • The final maple leaf image was designed by Jacques St-Cyr.
  • One of the three final proposed flag designs included the Union Jack in one corner and a fleur-de-lis design in the other corner.
  • Another proposed design featured blue sections on either end of the flag with three connected maple leaves in the center.
  • The only other official National Flag of Canada was the Royal Union Jack.
  • The Red Ensign was unofficially used as Canada's National Flag from 1871 to 1965.
  • The flag is twice as long as it is wide.
  • The maple leaf has been a prominent Canadian symbol for more than 300 years.
  • Red and white were the colors used by English and French crusaders.
  • The red color on the flag is called "gules" and the white is "pale argent."

Cool Things That Come From Canada

Canada is home to lots of innovators. Here are some cool things invented in Canada:

  • Baseball glove
  • Basketball
  • Electric range
  • Electric light bulbs
  • Zippers
  • Electron microscope
  • Plexiglass
  • Antigravity suits
  • Dental mirrors
  • Goalie mask
  • IMAX
  • Pacemakers
  • Paint rollers
  • Pizza delivery
  • Roller skates
  • Snowmobiles
  • Snow blowers
  • Walkie talkies
  • Yahtzee
  • Washing machines

Interesting Canada Food Facts

Food statistics can help you understand the interesting culture of foods made in Canada and the fascinating drinks that accompany them.

  • There are just under 200,000 farms in Canada.
  • The average Canadian throws away about 170 kilograms of food every year.
  • Potatoes and wheat are the most popular source of carbohydrates.
  • Rice is more popular than corn.
  • Canadians eat more chicken and turkey than beef.
  • Bananas are the most plentiful fruit.
  • Coffee is more abundant than beer.
  • There are more litres of wine available per Canadian than orange juice.
  • Poutine was invented in Quebec in the 1950s.
  • More than 75 percent of the world's mustard supply comes from Canada
  • Canadian bacon is actually called peameal bacon in Canada.
  • Hawaiian pizza was invented in Ontario in the 1960s.
  • Canadians eat more Kraft Dinner, or Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, than any other country.
  • Canada makes more than 75 percent of the world's maple syrup supply.
  • The canola flower is Canada's most profitable crop.
  • Some of the world's largest freshwater reserves are found in Canada.
  • Ginger ale was invented by a Toronto pharmacist in 1919.

Cool People From Canada

Not only does Canada invent useful things, but a lot of really famous people have come from Canada. Here are just a few:

Embarrassing Facts About Canada

While most Canadians are proud of where they come from, these embarrassing facts might have them hiding their faces for a moment.

  • Jacques Cartier misunderstood some Iroquois who used the word "Kanata" for a village and called the whole region Canada.
  • Those who aren't ready to actually surf can now river surf in the Lower Kananaskis River.
  • Bathtub Island is one of the hidden gem locations in Canada.
  • Canadian Suresh Joachim set the world record in 2008 for longest non-stop Elvis impersonation.
  • In 2010, the University of Alberta broke the world record for the largest dodgeball game.
  • Over 200 combines were used at the same time in a Manitoba field in 2010 to set the world record for most combine harvesters working simultaneously on the same field.
  • The world's largest parking lot is found at the West Edmonton Mall.
  • The first UFO landing pad ever installed was built in St. Paul, Alberta.
  • Justin Bieber's video for "Baby" is the most disliked video on YouTube.
  • Canada holds more donut shops per capita than any other country.
  • Head Smashed In-Bufalo-Jump is the name of a real Canadian heritage site.
  • There are more airports in the country with unpaved runways than paved runways.
  • Vancouver's namesake, Captain Vancouver, is said to have hated the place.
  • In Dawson City, Yukon, you can join the Sour Toe Cocktail Club by downing a drink that contains an actual toe.
  • Until 1995, it was not legal to sell butter-colored margarine in Ontario.

Funny Canada Facts

From weird traditions to wacky places to visit, you can find lots of funny tidbits about Canadian culture.

  • Canada can claim the world's smallest jail, which is in Ontario. It is only 24.3 square meters.
  • It is widely believed Santa Claus is from Canada.
  • Many people believe that Canada owns the North Pole. It doesn't.
  • Dog food is tax-deductible in Canada.
  • You can find a 32-foot tin soldier in New Westminster, BC.
  • In 1923 at the Calgary Stampede, the first chuck wagon race was held.
  • License plates for vehicles in Nunavut are shaped like polar bears.
  • The world's largest concentration of garter snakes can be found in spring in Manitoba.
  • In Sudbury, Ontario you can be fined up to $5,000 for attaching a siren to your bicycle.
  • An old law from 1985 limits the number of coins you can use in a single transaction at Canadian retailers.
  • It's illegal to build a snowman taller than 30 inches if you live on a corner lot in Souris, Prince Edward Island.
  • A law in Petrolia, Ontario says people are prohibited from yelling, singing, or whistling at all times.

Quttinirpaaq National Park is so remote only 17 people visited it in 2016.


Canada's geological, geographical, economic, and social diversity makes it a fascinating country. Here are some Canada facts for kids you might not know. Since Canada uses the metric system for measurement, all measurements will be listed in metric.

Cool Things to Know About Canada

Here are some statistics about Canada:

  • In terms of land mass, Canada is the second largest country in the world. It has 9,971,000 square kilometers.
  • Canada is the fifth largest producer of energy in the world.
  • In terms of population to land mass (population density), Canada has only three people per one square kilometer. That makes it the country with the fourth lowest population density worldwide.
  • No country in the world has higher enrollment in college and university education than Canada.
  • Canada is the ninth largest economy in the world.
  • The town of New Quebec, Canada has the world's largest meteor crater.
  • One tenth of the world's forests are in Canada.
  • More than 32 million people live in Canada.
  • About 6 million Canadians speak French.
  • You can find the world's longest coastline in Canada.
  • Canada doesn't have states. It has 10 provinces and three territories.
  • Canada is so vast that its East Coast is geographically closer to London, England than to its own West Coast.
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • Canada has the fifth largest island in the world - Baffin Island, which is larger than all but two American states.
  • Canada means 'village' or 'settlement' in Iroquois.
  • The United States-Canadian border is the world's longest shared border. It is also the world's longest unprotected border.
  • Canada's largest city, Toronto, has about five million people.
  • Almost half of Canada's population were born in other countries.
  • Every year, Quebec City has a hotel made entirely of ice. The hotel melts in the summer, but is rebuilt every winter.
  • Canada only has one desert.

Amazing Facts About Canada's Flag

The Canadian flag features a maple leaf and the colors red and white, but there's a lot more to it than that!

  • It took about 70 years of ideas before Canada had a national flag.
  • In 1925 and 1946 committees were formed to vote on designs, but they never did a final vote.
  • In 1946, there were more than 2500 proposed flag designs.
  • Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the sparse red and white maple leaf design as the National Flag of Canada in 1965.
  • The single maple leaf design was first suggested in 1919 by Major General Sir Eugene Fiset.
  • Canadian athletes began wearing the single maple leaf design in 1904.
  • King George V declared red and white to be Canada's national colors in 1921.
  • Dr. Günter Wyszecki picked out the exact shade of red to be used on the flag.
  • George Bist is credited with choosing the precise dimensions of each colored section.
  • The final maple leaf image was designed by Jacques St-Cyr.
  • One of the three final proposed flag designs included the Union Jack in one corner and a fleur-de-lis design in the other corner.
  • Another proposed design featured blue sections on either end of the flag with three connected maple leaves in the center.
  • The only other official National Flag of Canada was the Royal Union Jack.
  • The Red Ensign was unofficially used as Canada's National Flag from 1871 to 1965.
  • The flag is twice as long as it is wide.
  • The maple leaf has been a prominent Canadian symbol for more than 300 years.
  • Red and white were the colors used by English and French crusaders.
  • The red color on the flag is called "gules" and the white is "pale argent."

Cool Things That Come From Canada

Canada is home to lots of innovators. Here are some cool things invented in Canada:

  • Baseball glove
  • Basketball
  • Electric range
  • Electric light bulbs
  • Zippers
  • Electron microscope
  • Plexiglass
  • Antigravity suits
  • Dental mirrors
  • Goalie mask
  • IMAX
  • Pacemakers
  • Paint rollers
  • Pizza delivery
  • Roller skates
  • Snowmobiles
  • Snow blowers
  • Walkie talkies
  • Yahtzee
  • Washing machines

Interesting Canada Food Facts

Food statistics can help you understand the interesting culture of foods made in Canada and the fascinating drinks that accompany them.

  • There are just under 200,000 farms in Canada.
  • The average Canadian throws away about 170 kilograms of food every year.
  • Potatoes and wheat are the most popular source of carbohydrates.
  • Rice is more popular than corn.
  • Canadians eat more chicken and turkey than beef.
  • Bananas are the most plentiful fruit.
  • Coffee is more abundant than beer.
  • There are more litres of wine available per Canadian than orange juice.
  • Poutine was invented in Quebec in the 1950s.
  • More than 75 percent of the world's mustard supply comes from Canada
  • Canadian bacon is actually called peameal bacon in Canada.
  • Hawaiian pizza was invented in Ontario in the 1960s.
  • Canadians eat more Kraft Dinner, or Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, than any other country.
  • Canada makes more than 75 percent of the world's maple syrup supply.
  • The canola flower is Canada's most profitable crop.
  • Some of the world's largest freshwater reserves are found in Canada.
  • Ginger ale was invented by a Toronto pharmacist in 1919.

Cool People From Canada

Not only does Canada invent useful things, but a lot of really famous people have come from Canada. Here are just a few:

Embarrassing Facts About Canada

While most Canadians are proud of where they come from, these embarrassing facts might have them hiding their faces for a moment.

  • Jacques Cartier misunderstood some Iroquois who used the word "Kanata" for a village and called the whole region Canada.
  • Those who aren't ready to actually surf can now river surf in the Lower Kananaskis River.
  • Bathtub Island is one of the hidden gem locations in Canada.
  • Canadian Suresh Joachim set the world record in 2008 for longest non-stop Elvis impersonation.
  • In 2010, the University of Alberta broke the world record for the largest dodgeball game.
  • Over 200 combines were used at the same time in a Manitoba field in 2010 to set the world record for most combine harvesters working simultaneously on the same field.
  • The world's largest parking lot is found at the West Edmonton Mall.
  • The first UFO landing pad ever installed was built in St. Paul, Alberta.
  • Justin Bieber's video for "Baby" is the most disliked video on YouTube.
  • Canada holds more donut shops per capita than any other country.
  • Head Smashed In-Bufalo-Jump is the name of a real Canadian heritage site.
  • There are more airports in the country with unpaved runways than paved runways.
  • Vancouver's namesake, Captain Vancouver, is said to have hated the place.
  • In Dawson City, Yukon, you can join the Sour Toe Cocktail Club by downing a drink that contains an actual toe.
  • Until 1995, it was not legal to sell butter-colored margarine in Ontario.

Funny Canada Facts

From weird traditions to wacky places to visit, you can find lots of funny tidbits about Canadian culture.

  • Canada can claim the world's smallest jail, which is in Ontario. It is only 24.3 square meters.
  • It is widely believed Santa Claus is from Canada.
  • Many people believe that Canada owns the North Pole. It doesn't.
  • Dog food is tax-deductible in Canada.
  • You can find a 32-foot tin soldier in New Westminster, BC.
  • In 1923 at the Calgary Stampede, the first chuck wagon race was held.
  • License plates for vehicles in Nunavut are shaped like polar bears.
  • The world's largest concentration of garter snakes can be found in spring in Manitoba.
  • In Sudbury, Ontario you can be fined up to $5,000 for attaching a siren to your bicycle.
  • An old law from 1985 limits the number of coins you can use in a single transaction at Canadian retailers.
  • It's illegal to build a snowman taller than 30 inches if you live on a corner lot in Souris, Prince Edward Island.
  • A law in Petrolia, Ontario says people are prohibited from yelling, singing, or whistling at all times.

Quttinirpaaq National Park is so remote only 17 people visited it in 2016.


Canada's geological, geographical, economic, and social diversity makes it a fascinating country. Here are some Canada facts for kids you might not know. Since Canada uses the metric system for measurement, all measurements will be listed in metric.

Cool Things to Know About Canada

Here are some statistics about Canada:

  • In terms of land mass, Canada is the second largest country in the world. It has 9,971,000 square kilometers.
  • Canada is the fifth largest producer of energy in the world.
  • In terms of population to land mass (population density), Canada has only three people per one square kilometer. That makes it the country with the fourth lowest population density worldwide.
  • No country in the world has higher enrollment in college and university education than Canada.
  • Canada is the ninth largest economy in the world.
  • The town of New Quebec, Canada has the world's largest meteor crater.
  • One tenth of the world's forests are in Canada.
  • More than 32 million people live in Canada.
  • About 6 million Canadians speak French.
  • You can find the world's longest coastline in Canada.
  • Canada doesn't have states. It has 10 provinces and three territories.
  • Canada is so vast that its East Coast is geographically closer to London, England than to its own West Coast.
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • Canada has the fifth largest island in the world - Baffin Island, which is larger than all but two American states.
  • Canada means 'village' or 'settlement' in Iroquois.
  • The United States-Canadian border is the world's longest shared border. It is also the world's longest unprotected border.
  • Canada's largest city, Toronto, has about five million people.
  • Almost half of Canada's population were born in other countries.
  • Every year, Quebec City has a hotel made entirely of ice. The hotel melts in the summer, but is rebuilt every winter.
  • Canada only has one desert.

Amazing Facts About Canada's Flag

The Canadian flag features a maple leaf and the colors red and white, but there's a lot more to it than that!

  • It took about 70 years of ideas before Canada had a national flag.
  • In 1925 and 1946 committees were formed to vote on designs, but they never did a final vote.
  • In 1946, there were more than 2500 proposed flag designs.
  • Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the sparse red and white maple leaf design as the National Flag of Canada in 1965.
  • The single maple leaf design was first suggested in 1919 by Major General Sir Eugene Fiset.
  • Canadian athletes began wearing the single maple leaf design in 1904.
  • King George V declared red and white to be Canada's national colors in 1921.
  • Dr. Günter Wyszecki picked out the exact shade of red to be used on the flag.
  • George Bist is credited with choosing the precise dimensions of each colored section.
  • The final maple leaf image was designed by Jacques St-Cyr.
  • One of the three final proposed flag designs included the Union Jack in one corner and a fleur-de-lis design in the other corner.
  • Another proposed design featured blue sections on either end of the flag with three connected maple leaves in the center.
  • The only other official National Flag of Canada was the Royal Union Jack.
  • The Red Ensign was unofficially used as Canada's National Flag from 1871 to 1965.
  • The flag is twice as long as it is wide.
  • The maple leaf has been a prominent Canadian symbol for more than 300 years.
  • Red and white were the colors used by English and French crusaders.
  • The red color on the flag is called "gules" and the white is "pale argent."

Cool Things That Come From Canada

Canada is home to lots of innovators. Here are some cool things invented in Canada:

  • Baseball glove
  • Basketball
  • Electric range
  • Electric light bulbs
  • Zippers
  • Electron microscope
  • Plexiglass
  • Antigravity suits
  • Dental mirrors
  • Goalie mask
  • IMAX
  • Pacemakers
  • Paint rollers
  • Pizza delivery
  • Roller skates
  • Snowmobiles
  • Snow blowers
  • Walkie talkies
  • Yahtzee
  • Washing machines

Interesting Canada Food Facts

Food statistics can help you understand the interesting culture of foods made in Canada and the fascinating drinks that accompany them.

  • There are just under 200,000 farms in Canada.
  • The average Canadian throws away about 170 kilograms of food every year.
  • Potatoes and wheat are the most popular source of carbohydrates.
  • Rice is more popular than corn.
  • Canadians eat more chicken and turkey than beef.
  • Bananas are the most plentiful fruit.
  • Coffee is more abundant than beer.
  • There are more litres of wine available per Canadian than orange juice.
  • Poutine was invented in Quebec in the 1950s.
  • More than 75 percent of the world's mustard supply comes from Canada
  • Canadian bacon is actually called peameal bacon in Canada.
  • Hawaiian pizza was invented in Ontario in the 1960s.
  • Canadians eat more Kraft Dinner, or Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, than any other country.
  • Canada makes more than 75 percent of the world's maple syrup supply.
  • The canola flower is Canada's most profitable crop.
  • Some of the world's largest freshwater reserves are found in Canada.
  • Ginger ale was invented by a Toronto pharmacist in 1919.

Cool People From Canada

Not only does Canada invent useful things, but a lot of really famous people have come from Canada. Here are just a few:

Embarrassing Facts About Canada

While most Canadians are proud of where they come from, these embarrassing facts might have them hiding their faces for a moment.

  • Jacques Cartier misunderstood some Iroquois who used the word "Kanata" for a village and called the whole region Canada.
  • Those who aren't ready to actually surf can now river surf in the Lower Kananaskis River.
  • Bathtub Island is one of the hidden gem locations in Canada.
  • Canadian Suresh Joachim set the world record in 2008 for longest non-stop Elvis impersonation.
  • In 2010, the University of Alberta broke the world record for the largest dodgeball game.
  • Over 200 combines were used at the same time in a Manitoba field in 2010 to set the world record for most combine harvesters working simultaneously on the same field.
  • The world's largest parking lot is found at the West Edmonton Mall.
  • The first UFO landing pad ever installed was built in St. Paul, Alberta.
  • Justin Bieber's video for "Baby" is the most disliked video on YouTube.
  • Canada holds more donut shops per capita than any other country.
  • Head Smashed In-Bufalo-Jump is the name of a real Canadian heritage site.
  • There are more airports in the country with unpaved runways than paved runways.
  • Vancouver's namesake, Captain Vancouver, is said to have hated the place.
  • In Dawson City, Yukon, you can join the Sour Toe Cocktail Club by downing a drink that contains an actual toe.
  • Until 1995, it was not legal to sell butter-colored margarine in Ontario.

Funny Canada Facts

From weird traditions to wacky places to visit, you can find lots of funny tidbits about Canadian culture.

  • Canada can claim the world's smallest jail, which is in Ontario. It is only 24.3 square meters.
  • It is widely believed Santa Claus is from Canada.
  • Many people believe that Canada owns the North Pole. It doesn't.
  • Dog food is tax-deductible in Canada.
  • You can find a 32-foot tin soldier in New Westminster, BC.
  • In 1923 at the Calgary Stampede, the first chuck wagon race was held.
  • License plates for vehicles in Nunavut are shaped like polar bears.
  • The world's largest concentration of garter snakes can be found in spring in Manitoba.
  • In Sudbury, Ontario you can be fined up to $5,000 for attaching a siren to your bicycle.
  • An old law from 1985 limits the number of coins you can use in a single transaction at Canadian retailers.
  • It's illegal to build a snowman taller than 30 inches if you live on a corner lot in Souris, Prince Edward Island.
  • A law in Petrolia, Ontario says people are prohibited from yelling, singing, or whistling at all times.

Quttinirpaaq National Park is so remote only 17 people visited it in 2016.


Canada's geological, geographical, economic, and social diversity makes it a fascinating country. Here are some Canada facts for kids you might not know. Since Canada uses the metric system for measurement, all measurements will be listed in metric.

Cool Things to Know About Canada

Here are some statistics about Canada:

  • In terms of land mass, Canada is the second largest country in the world. It has 9,971,000 square kilometers.
  • Canada is the fifth largest producer of energy in the world.
  • In terms of population to land mass (population density), Canada has only three people per one square kilometer. That makes it the country with the fourth lowest population density worldwide.
  • No country in the world has higher enrollment in college and university education than Canada.
  • Canada is the ninth largest economy in the world.
  • The town of New Quebec, Canada has the world's largest meteor crater.
  • One tenth of the world's forests are in Canada.
  • More than 32 million people live in Canada.
  • About 6 million Canadians speak French.
  • You can find the world's longest coastline in Canada.
  • Canada doesn't have states. It has 10 provinces and three territories.
  • Canada is so vast that its East Coast is geographically closer to London, England than to its own West Coast.
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • Canada has the fifth largest island in the world - Baffin Island, which is larger than all but two American states.
  • Canada means 'village' or 'settlement' in Iroquois.
  • The United States-Canadian border is the world's longest shared border. It is also the world's longest unprotected border.
  • Canada's largest city, Toronto, has about five million people.
  • Almost half of Canada's population were born in other countries.
  • Every year, Quebec City has a hotel made entirely of ice. The hotel melts in the summer, but is rebuilt every winter.
  • Canada only has one desert.

Amazing Facts About Canada's Flag

The Canadian flag features a maple leaf and the colors red and white, but there's a lot more to it than that!

  • It took about 70 years of ideas before Canada had a national flag.
  • In 1925 and 1946 committees were formed to vote on designs, but they never did a final vote.
  • In 1946, there were more than 2500 proposed flag designs.
  • Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the sparse red and white maple leaf design as the National Flag of Canada in 1965.
  • The single maple leaf design was first suggested in 1919 by Major General Sir Eugene Fiset.
  • Canadian athletes began wearing the single maple leaf design in 1904.
  • King George V declared red and white to be Canada's national colors in 1921.
  • Dr. Günter Wyszecki picked out the exact shade of red to be used on the flag.
  • George Bist is credited with choosing the precise dimensions of each colored section.
  • The final maple leaf image was designed by Jacques St-Cyr.
  • One of the three final proposed flag designs included the Union Jack in one corner and a fleur-de-lis design in the other corner.
  • Another proposed design featured blue sections on either end of the flag with three connected maple leaves in the center.
  • The only other official National Flag of Canada was the Royal Union Jack.
  • The Red Ensign was unofficially used as Canada's National Flag from 1871 to 1965.
  • The flag is twice as long as it is wide.
  • The maple leaf has been a prominent Canadian symbol for more than 300 years.
  • Red and white were the colors used by English and French crusaders.
  • The red color on the flag is called "gules" and the white is "pale argent."

Cool Things That Come From Canada

Canada is home to lots of innovators. Here are some cool things invented in Canada:

  • Baseball glove
  • Basketball
  • Electric range
  • Electric light bulbs
  • Zippers
  • Electron microscope
  • Plexiglass
  • Antigravity suits
  • Dental mirrors
  • Goalie mask
  • IMAX
  • Pacemakers
  • Paint rollers
  • Pizza delivery
  • Roller skates
  • Snowmobiles
  • Snow blowers
  • Walkie talkies
  • Yahtzee
  • Washing machines

Interesting Canada Food Facts

Food statistics can help you understand the interesting culture of foods made in Canada and the fascinating drinks that accompany them.

  • There are just under 200,000 farms in Canada.
  • The average Canadian throws away about 170 kilograms of food every year.
  • Potatoes and wheat are the most popular source of carbohydrates.
  • Rice is more popular than corn.
  • Canadians eat more chicken and turkey than beef.
  • Bananas are the most plentiful fruit.
  • Coffee is more abundant than beer.
  • There are more litres of wine available per Canadian than orange juice.
  • Poutine was invented in Quebec in the 1950s.
  • More than 75 percent of the world's mustard supply comes from Canada
  • Canadian bacon is actually called peameal bacon in Canada.
  • Hawaiian pizza was invented in Ontario in the 1960s.
  • Canadians eat more Kraft Dinner, or Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, than any other country.
  • Canada makes more than 75 percent of the world's maple syrup supply.
  • The canola flower is Canada's most profitable crop.
  • Some of the world's largest freshwater reserves are found in Canada.
  • Ginger ale was invented by a Toronto pharmacist in 1919.

Cool People From Canada

Not only does Canada invent useful things, but a lot of really famous people have come from Canada. Here are just a few:

Embarrassing Facts About Canada

While most Canadians are proud of where they come from, these embarrassing facts might have them hiding their faces for a moment.

  • Jacques Cartier misunderstood some Iroquois who used the word "Kanata" for a village and called the whole region Canada.
  • Those who aren't ready to actually surf can now river surf in the Lower Kananaskis River.
  • Bathtub Island is one of the hidden gem locations in Canada.
  • Canadian Suresh Joachim set the world record in 2008 for longest non-stop Elvis impersonation.
  • In 2010, the University of Alberta broke the world record for the largest dodgeball game.
  • Over 200 combines were used at the same time in a Manitoba field in 2010 to set the world record for most combine harvesters working simultaneously on the same field.
  • The world's largest parking lot is found at the West Edmonton Mall.
  • The first UFO landing pad ever installed was built in St. Paul, Alberta.
  • Justin Bieber's video for "Baby" is the most disliked video on YouTube.
  • Canada holds more donut shops per capita than any other country.
  • Head Smashed In-Bufalo-Jump is the name of a real Canadian heritage site.
  • There are more airports in the country with unpaved runways than paved runways.
  • Vancouver's namesake, Captain Vancouver, is said to have hated the place.
  • In Dawson City, Yukon, you can join the Sour Toe Cocktail Club by downing a drink that contains an actual toe.
  • Until 1995, it was not legal to sell butter-colored margarine in Ontario.

Funny Canada Facts

From weird traditions to wacky places to visit, you can find lots of funny tidbits about Canadian culture.

  • Canada can claim the world's smallest jail, which is in Ontario. It is only 24.3 square meters.
  • It is widely believed Santa Claus is from Canada.
  • Many people believe that Canada owns the North Pole. It doesn't.
  • Dog food is tax-deductible in Canada.
  • You can find a 32-foot tin soldier in New Westminster, BC.
  • In 1923 at the Calgary Stampede, the first chuck wagon race was held.
  • License plates for vehicles in Nunavut are shaped like polar bears.
  • The world's largest concentration of garter snakes can be found in spring in Manitoba.
  • In Sudbury, Ontario you can be fined up to $5,000 for attaching a siren to your bicycle.
  • An old law from 1985 limits the number of coins you can use in a single transaction at Canadian retailers.
  • It's illegal to build a snowman taller than 30 inches if you live on a corner lot in Souris, Prince Edward Island.
  • A law in Petrolia, Ontario says people are prohibited from yelling, singing, or whistling at all times.

Quttinirpaaq National Park is so remote only 17 people visited it in 2016.


Canada's geological, geographical, economic, and social diversity makes it a fascinating country. Here are some Canada facts for kids you might not know. Since Canada uses the metric system for measurement, all measurements will be listed in metric.

Cool Things to Know About Canada

Here are some statistics about Canada:

  • In terms of land mass, Canada is the second largest country in the world. It has 9,971,000 square kilometers.
  • Canada is the fifth largest producer of energy in the world.
  • In terms of population to land mass (population density), Canada has only three people per one square kilometer. That makes it the country with the fourth lowest population density worldwide.
  • No country in the world has higher enrollment in college and university education than Canada.
  • Canada is the ninth largest economy in the world.
  • The town of New Quebec, Canada has the world's largest meteor crater.
  • One tenth of the world's forests are in Canada.
  • More than 32 million people live in Canada.
  • About 6 million Canadians speak French.
  • You can find the world's longest coastline in Canada.
  • Canada doesn't have states. It has 10 provinces and three territories.
  • Canada is so vast that its East Coast is geographically closer to London, England than to its own West Coast.
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • Canada has the fifth largest island in the world - Baffin Island, which is larger than all but two American states.
  • Canada means 'village' or 'settlement' in Iroquois.
  • The United States-Canadian border is the world's longest shared border. It is also the world's longest unprotected border.
  • Canada's largest city, Toronto, has about five million people.
  • Almost half of Canada's population were born in other countries.
  • Every year, Quebec City has a hotel made entirely of ice. The hotel melts in the summer, but is rebuilt every winter.
  • Canada only has one desert.

Amazing Facts About Canada's Flag

The Canadian flag features a maple leaf and the colors red and white, but there's a lot more to it than that!

  • It took about 70 years of ideas before Canada had a national flag.
  • In 1925 and 1946 committees were formed to vote on designs, but they never did a final vote.
  • In 1946, there were more than 2500 proposed flag designs.
  • Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the sparse red and white maple leaf design as the National Flag of Canada in 1965.
  • The single maple leaf design was first suggested in 1919 by Major General Sir Eugene Fiset.
  • Canadian athletes began wearing the single maple leaf design in 1904.
  • King George V declared red and white to be Canada's national colors in 1921.
  • Dr. Günter Wyszecki picked out the exact shade of red to be used on the flag.
  • George Bist is credited with choosing the precise dimensions of each colored section.
  • The final maple leaf image was designed by Jacques St-Cyr.
  • One of the three final proposed flag designs included the Union Jack in one corner and a fleur-de-lis design in the other corner.
  • Another proposed design featured blue sections on either end of the flag with three connected maple leaves in the center.
  • The only other official National Flag of Canada was the Royal Union Jack.
  • The Red Ensign was unofficially used as Canada's National Flag from 1871 to 1965.
  • The flag is twice as long as it is wide.
  • The maple leaf has been a prominent Canadian symbol for more than 300 years.
  • Red and white were the colors used by English and French crusaders.
  • The red color on the flag is called "gules" and the white is "pale argent."

Cool Things That Come From Canada

Canada is home to lots of innovators. Here are some cool things invented in Canada:

  • Baseball glove
  • Basketball
  • Electric range
  • Electric light bulbs
  • Zippers
  • Electron microscope
  • Plexiglass
  • Antigravity suits
  • Dental mirrors
  • Goalie mask
  • IMAX
  • Pacemakers
  • Paint rollers
  • Pizza delivery
  • Roller skates
  • Snowmobiles
  • Snow blowers
  • Walkie talkies
  • Yahtzee
  • Washing machines

Interesting Canada Food Facts

Food statistics can help you understand the interesting culture of foods made in Canada and the fascinating drinks that accompany them.

  • There are just under 200,000 farms in Canada.
  • The average Canadian throws away about 170 kilograms of food every year.
  • Potatoes and wheat are the most popular source of carbohydrates.
  • Rice is more popular than corn.
  • Canadians eat more chicken and turkey than beef.
  • Bananas are the most plentiful fruit.
  • Coffee is more abundant than beer.
  • There are more litres of wine available per Canadian than orange juice.
  • Poutine was invented in Quebec in the 1950s.
  • More than 75 percent of the world's mustard supply comes from Canada
  • Canadian bacon is actually called peameal bacon in Canada.
  • Hawaiian pizza was invented in Ontario in the 1960s.
  • Canadians eat more Kraft Dinner, or Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, than any other country.
  • Canada makes more than 75 percent of the world's maple syrup supply.
  • The canola flower is Canada's most profitable crop.
  • Some of the world's largest freshwater reserves are found in Canada.
  • Ginger ale was invented by a Toronto pharmacist in 1919.

Cool People From Canada

Not only does Canada invent useful things, but a lot of really famous people have come from Canada. Here are just a few:

Embarrassing Facts About Canada

While most Canadians are proud of where they come from, these embarrassing facts might have them hiding their faces for a moment.

  • Jacques Cartier misunderstood some Iroquois who used the word "Kanata" for a village and called the whole region Canada.
  • Those who aren't ready to actually surf can now river surf in the Lower Kananaskis River.
  • Bathtub Island is one of the hidden gem locations in Canada.
  • Canadian Suresh Joachim set the world record in 2008 for longest non-stop Elvis impersonation.
  • In 2010, the University of Alberta broke the world record for the largest dodgeball game.
  • Over 200 combines were used at the same time in a Manitoba field in 2010 to set the world record for most combine harvesters working simultaneously on the same field.
  • The world's largest parking lot is found at the West Edmonton Mall.
  • The first UFO landing pad ever installed was built in St. Paul, Alberta.
  • Justin Bieber's video for "Baby" is the most disliked video on YouTube.
  • Canada holds more donut shops per capita than any other country.
  • Head Smashed In-Bufalo-Jump is the name of a real Canadian heritage site.
  • There are more airports in the country with unpaved runways than paved runways.
  • Vancouver's namesake, Captain Vancouver, is said to have hated the place.
  • In Dawson City, Yukon, you can join the Sour Toe Cocktail Club by downing a drink that contains an actual toe.
  • Until 1995, it was not legal to sell butter-colored margarine in Ontario.

Funny Canada Facts

From weird traditions to wacky places to visit, you can find lots of funny tidbits about Canadian culture.

  • Canada can claim the world's smallest jail, which is in Ontario. It is only 24.3 square meters.
  • It is widely believed Santa Claus is from Canada.
  • Many people believe that Canada owns the North Pole. It doesn't.
  • Dog food is tax-deductible in Canada.
  • You can find a 32-foot tin soldier in New Westminster, BC.
  • In 1923 at the Calgary Stampede, the first chuck wagon race was held.
  • License plates for vehicles in Nunavut are shaped like polar bears.
  • The world's largest concentration of garter snakes can be found in spring in Manitoba.
  • In Sudbury, Ontario you can be fined up to $5,000 for attaching a siren to your bicycle.
  • An old law from 1985 limits the number of coins you can use in a single transaction at Canadian retailers.
  • It's illegal to build a snowman taller than 30 inches if you live on a corner lot in Souris, Prince Edward Island.
  • A law in Petrolia, Ontario says people are prohibited from yelling, singing, or whistling at all times.

Quttinirpaaq National Park is so remote only 17 people visited it in 2016.


Canada's geological, geographical, economic, and social diversity makes it a fascinating country. Here are some Canada facts for kids you might not know. Since Canada uses the metric system for measurement, all measurements will be listed in metric.

Cool Things to Know About Canada

Here are some statistics about Canada:

  • In terms of land mass, Canada is the second largest country in the world. It has 9,971,000 square kilometers.
  • Canada is the fifth largest producer of energy in the world.
  • In terms of population to land mass (population density), Canada has only three people per one square kilometer. That makes it the country with the fourth lowest population density worldwide.
  • No country in the world has higher enrollment in college and university education than Canada.
  • Canada is the ninth largest economy in the world.
  • The town of New Quebec, Canada has the world's largest meteor crater.
  • One tenth of the world's forests are in Canada.
  • More than 32 million people live in Canada.
  • About 6 million Canadians speak French.
  • You can find the world's longest coastline in Canada.
  • Canada doesn't have states. It has 10 provinces and three territories.
  • Canada is so vast that its East Coast is geographically closer to London, England than to its own West Coast.
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • Canada has the fifth largest island in the world - Baffin Island, which is larger than all but two American states.
  • Canada means 'village' or 'settlement' in Iroquois.
  • The United States-Canadian border is the world's longest shared border. It is also the world's longest unprotected border.
  • Canada's largest city, Toronto, has about five million people.
  • Almost half of Canada's population were born in other countries.
  • Every year, Quebec City has a hotel made entirely of ice. The hotel melts in the summer, but is rebuilt every winter.
  • Canada only has one desert.

Amazing Facts About Canada's Flag

The Canadian flag features a maple leaf and the colors red and white, but there's a lot more to it than that!

  • It took about 70 years of ideas before Canada had a national flag.
  • In 1925 and 1946 committees were formed to vote on designs, but they never did a final vote.
  • In 1946, there were more than 2500 proposed flag designs.
  • Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the sparse red and white maple leaf design as the National Flag of Canada in 1965.
  • The single maple leaf design was first suggested in 1919 by Major General Sir Eugene Fiset.
  • Canadian athletes began wearing the single maple leaf design in 1904.
  • King George V declared red and white to be Canada's national colors in 1921.
  • Dr. Günter Wyszecki picked out the exact shade of red to be used on the flag.
  • George Bist is credited with choosing the precise dimensions of each colored section.
  • The final maple leaf image was designed by Jacques St-Cyr.
  • One of the three final proposed flag designs included the Union Jack in one corner and a fleur-de-lis design in the other corner.
  • Another proposed design featured blue sections on either end of the flag with three connected maple leaves in the center.
  • The only other official National Flag of Canada was the Royal Union Jack.
  • The Red Ensign was unofficially used as Canada's National Flag from 1871 to 1965.
  • The flag is twice as long as it is wide.
  • The maple leaf has been a prominent Canadian symbol for more than 300 years.
  • Red and white were the colors used by English and French crusaders.
  • The red color on the flag is called "gules" and the white is "pale argent."

Cool Things That Come From Canada

Canada is home to lots of innovators. Here are some cool things invented in Canada:

  • Baseball glove
  • Basketball
  • Electric range
  • Electric light bulbs
  • Zippers
  • Electron microscope
  • Plexiglass
  • Antigravity suits
  • Dental mirrors
  • Goalie mask
  • IMAX
  • Pacemakers
  • Paint rollers
  • Pizza delivery
  • Roller skates
  • Snowmobiles
  • Snow blowers
  • Walkie talkies
  • Yahtzee
  • Washing machines

Interesting Canada Food Facts

Food statistics can help you understand the interesting culture of foods made in Canada and the fascinating drinks that accompany them.

  • There are just under 200,000 farms in Canada.
  • The average Canadian throws away about 170 kilograms of food every year.
  • Potatoes and wheat are the most popular source of carbohydrates.
  • Rice is more popular than corn.
  • Canadians eat more chicken and turkey than beef.
  • Bananas are the most plentiful fruit.
  • Coffee is more abundant than beer.
  • There are more litres of wine available per Canadian than orange juice.
  • Poutine was invented in Quebec in the 1950s.
  • More than 75 percent of the world's mustard supply comes from Canada
  • Canadian bacon is actually called peameal bacon in Canada.
  • Hawaiian pizza was invented in Ontario in the 1960s.
  • Canadians eat more Kraft Dinner, or Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, than any other country.
  • Canada makes more than 75 percent of the world's maple syrup supply.
  • The canola flower is Canada's most profitable crop.
  • Some of the world's largest freshwater reserves are found in Canada.
  • Ginger ale was invented by a Toronto pharmacist in 1919.

Cool People From Canada

Not only does Canada invent useful things, but a lot of really famous people have come from Canada. Here are just a few:

Embarrassing Facts About Canada

While most Canadians are proud of where they come from, these embarrassing facts might have them hiding their faces for a moment.

  • Jacques Cartier misunderstood some Iroquois who used the word "Kanata" for a village and called the whole region Canada.
  • Those who aren't ready to actually surf can now river surf in the Lower Kananaskis River.
  • Bathtub Island is one of the hidden gem locations in Canada.
  • Canadian Suresh Joachim set the world record in 2008 for longest non-stop Elvis impersonation.
  • In 2010, the University of Alberta broke the world record for the largest dodgeball game.
  • Over 200 combines were used at the same time in a Manitoba field in 2010 to set the world record for most combine harvesters working simultaneously on the same field.
  • The world's largest parking lot is found at the West Edmonton Mall.
  • The first UFO landing pad ever installed was built in St. Paul, Alberta.
  • Justin Bieber's video for "Baby" is the most disliked video on YouTube.
  • Canada holds more donut shops per capita than any other country.
  • Head Smashed In-Bufalo-Jump is the name of a real Canadian heritage site.
  • There are more airports in the country with unpaved runways than paved runways.
  • Vancouver's namesake, Captain Vancouver, is said to have hated the place.
  • In Dawson City, Yukon, you can join the Sour Toe Cocktail Club by downing a drink that contains an actual toe.
  • Until 1995, it was not legal to sell butter-colored margarine in Ontario.

Funny Canada Facts

From weird traditions to wacky places to visit, you can find lots of funny tidbits about Canadian culture.

  • Canada can claim the world's smallest jail, which is in Ontario. It is only 24.3 square meters.
  • It is widely believed Santa Claus is from Canada.
  • Many people believe that Canada owns the North Pole. It doesn't.
  • Dog food is tax-deductible in Canada.
  • You can find a 32-foot tin soldier in New Westminster, BC.
  • In 1923 at the Calgary Stampede, the first chuck wagon race was held.
  • License plates for vehicles in Nunavut are shaped like polar bears.
  • The world's largest concentration of garter snakes can be found in spring in Manitoba.
  • In Sudbury, Ontario you can be fined up to $5,000 for attaching a siren to your bicycle.
  • An old law from 1985 limits the number of coins you can use in a single transaction at Canadian retailers.
  • It's illegal to build a snowman taller than 30 inches if you live on a corner lot in Souris, Prince Edward Island.
  • A law in Petrolia, Ontario says people are prohibited from yelling, singing, or whistling at all times.

Quttinirpaaq National Park is so remote only 17 people visited it in 2016.


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