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9 Weird and Embarrassing Facts About Canada

Canada is an economically advanced and rich country, beloved in the international community but it is not perfect. In this article, you will discover 9 weird and embarrassing facts about Canada.

1. Canada is too big for its population

Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia – it is very big, in fact Canada is bigger than the European Union combined. But Canada’s population is only at 38 million people which means it is sparsely populated especially towards the North. Canada is sometimes classified as a “subcontinent”.

2. Very easy for a foreign power to invade

Because of its massive size, if the United States or Russia wanted to invade Canada, it would be easy them. Although, we must point out that in the 1800’s the US tried to invade Canada and failed. But it would be a very different story this time around if the US wanted to invade.

3. Many foreigners think the capital city of Canada is Toronto

The capital city of Canada is Ottawa. When many foreigners think of Canada, the first image that appears in their minds is Toronto. Toronto is the largest city and the economic engine of Canada, but it is NOT the capital city of Canada. That honor belongs to Ottawa – this is where the federal government is located, embassies, etc.

4. Canada is too cold in the winter

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The cold is not really embarrassing, but some people abroad think Canadians live in houses made of ice (igloos). But with that said, other than the province of British Columbia, Canadian winters are very cold, especially with the windchill. Canada’s capital city – Ottawa is the second coldest capital city in the world.

5. Not enough major cities relative it to Canada’s size

The biggest cities and major cities in Canada are: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Ottawa. There is a big drop off after these cities.

6. Western Canada does not care about French

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On paper, the official languages of Canada are both English and French, but in reality, most French speakers live in Eastern Canada.

7. No seat at the UN Security Council

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The UN Security Council has 5 permanent members (China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and 10 non-permanent members.

Canada is a rich and powerful country in the international community, but it has never held a seat at the UN’s security council. To date, Canada has been denied a seat at the UN’s prestigious “Security Council” 2 times.

8. Milk is sold in plastic bags

You can find Carton box milk as well, but the majority of milk comes in plastic bags. I have been to many countries and I have yet to see this anywhere else.

9. No official flag for a very long time

Canada officially got its flag in 1965, over 100 years after becoming an independent nation. I don’t know about you but this is definitely weird!

The Canadian Economy and COVID-19 facts

COVID-19 is doing unprecedented to the Canadian economy and the world at large. Here are some facts about the economic and financial damage to Canada so far.

1. COVID-19 is having a worse financial impact on Canada (and the world) than 9/11 and the 2008 – 2009 financial crisis combined.

2. 250,000 job losses Expected In the Canadian hotel industry.

3. Hotels in Canada are losing an estimated 250 million dollars lost per week.

4. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic Canadian Airlines are not obligated to give you a refund for cancelled flights. Most will give you refund.

5. 73% of Vancouver businesses expect their revenues will drop by 50% or more.

6. Canada’s first COVID-19 death was recorded at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver on March 8.

7. There have already been over three million employment insurance claims over to date.

8. The City of Ottawa is expected to lose about $273 million by the end of the year due to Covid-19. Thankfully, the city has more than enough cash and investment money in the bank, totaling about $1.6 billion.

9. At least 100 countries have asked for help and money from Canada to deal with COVID-19.

10. Global Affairs Canada announced $159.5 million in aid to international partners for Coronavirus.

11. Thanks to COVID-19, the city of Vancouver is losing $4 million to $5 million a week.

12. Canada has the 13th most resilient economy in the world.

13. Canada lost over 1 million jobs in the month of March.

14. Up to 24,000 Canadian military personnel ready to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

15. Nunavut doesn’t have a single confirmed case of COVID-19. The only place in Canada with no cases.

16. The Canadian economy shrank by 9% in the month of March.

18 Wonderful Facts About The Yukon

The Yukon is a vast territory with a beautiful and unique landscape. It has a strong aboriginal culture, which is reflected in everything from the cuisine to sports. Below are 18 wonderful facts about The Yukon.

1. Yukon is the smallest of Canada’s 3 territories.

2. Its capital city and largest city is Whitehorse.

3. It is a huge piece of land, but has a very small population. An estimated 41,022 people call the Yukon home; this is less people than all of the other territories and provinces in Canada.

4. 90% of the population lives in the capital of Whitehorse.

5. The Yukon joined the Canadian confederation on June 13, 1898, the 9th entity to join.

6. The province is named after the Yukon River, a major river in North America’s northwest. It is the longest river in the territory.

7. The Yukon’s Mount Logan is the tallest mountain in Canada (19,551 feet).

8. The Yukon’s neighbours are British Columbia, the State of Alaska, the Northwest Territories and the Arctic Ocean to the north.

9. The territory recognizes both French and English as its official languages.

10. Before 1898, the Yukon used to be a part of the Northwest Territories.

11. The official flower of the Yukon is the Fireweed.

12. Fun activities for people coming to visit: canoeing, kayaking, hiking, skiing, hunting, angling, fishing and more.

13. Because the Yukon has such a small population and almost everything is imported (food, etc is expensive), the average annual income is around $75,000 CAD per year. This is the 3rd highest in all of Canada.

14. The Yukon is known primarily for mining; gold, silver, copper, zinc, etc. Other major industries are clothing, and manufacturing.

15. The territory’s GDP is also very small at $3 billion dollars Canadian.

16. Climate: winters are long and very cold. Summers are short, but reasonably warm. It’s really beautiful during the summer, a great time to go fishing and hiking. But it is the coldest place in Canada.

17. First Nations called the Yukon home long before Europeans came along.

18. The Yukon has 3 national parks and a staggering 12 National Historic Sites of Canada.

12 Facts About Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island (sometimes referred to as PEI) is like Canada’s youngest brother. It is the smallest province in Canada, famously known for its red soil, potatoes, beaches, golf courses and so much more. It is also known as the Birthplace of the Canadian Confederation.

1. The official Motto of Prince Edward Island is: “The small protected by the great.”

2. The capital city of the province is: Charlottetown – its largest city.

3. On July 1, 1873 PEI joined the Canadian Confederation, the 8th province to do so.

4. It is Canada’s smallest province, and so it has the smallest population of 158,000.

5. The province has a unique red soil because of the high iron-oxide.

6. Even though Prince Edward Island is the Birthplace of Confederation in 1864, it refused to join.

7. The only reason Prince Edward Island joined Canada was because it had financial problems and a very small population.

8. The province is named after Queen Victoria’s father; Edward, Duke of Kent.

9. Most of Canada’s potatoes comes from Prince Edward Island.

10. Singing Sands Beach is the most beautiful beach in Canada.

11. The province enjoys both summer and winter seasons. The winter is cold due to cold winds from the north pole, but typical temperatures without those cold winds are -3 to -11 but with the cold winds, it can feel like -25 and above!

12. The best time to visit Prince Edward Island is during summer time, around mid July to mid August.

… and there you have it, 12 cool and fascinating facts about the cute province of Prince Edward Island. There are obviously more facts, but these are some of the main one.

15 Great Facts About New Brunswick

Looking for low cost of living in Canada? Then come to the province of New Brunswick. One of Canada’s 4 Maritime provinces on the East Coast facing the Atlantic ocean. It is one of Canada’s smallest provinces with a lot of natural beauty, and a European like culture. It is a great place to raise a family and live a quiet life. We hope you enjoy the facts below about New Brunswick.

1. New Brunswick is one of the “first 4” provinces to join the Canadian confederation along with Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Ontario on July 1, 1867.

2. The capital city of this beautiful province is Fredericton and the largest city is Moncton.

3. The province has an estimated population of 781,000 people.

4. New Brunswick has 2 official languages; English and French. It is the only bilingual province in Canada.

5. The economic output of the province is roughly $36 billion dollars Canadian.

6. The reason the province decided to join the Canadian confederation is because they feared an American invasion. America was very aggressive in trying to expand and take territory during those times.

7. Jacques Cartier is credited as the founder of New Brunswick when he arrived in 1534. He was a French Explorer.

8. Some of the best attractions in the province are:

  • Whale Watching – St. Andrews-by-the-Sea
  • The Fundy Trail Parkway
  • Kingsbrae Garden
  • Bay of Fundy and Fundy National Park
  • Reversing Falls
  • Fredericton’s Garrison District
  • Hopewell Rocks
  • Roosevelt Campobello International Park

9. The official flower of New Brunswick is the purple violet, adopted in 1936.

10. The province has historical connections with Germany as well as England. The name Brunswick belonged to the Duchy of Brunswick in Germany. While the capital city is named after King George III of England’s brother Prince Frederick.

11. The black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) is the official bird of the province since 1983.

12. Hope restored is the official motto of New Brunswick.

13. In terms of climate; the province enjoys both warm and cold seasons. It gets lots of snow in the winter.

14. The flag was designed by Robert Pichette and Alan B. Beddoe.

15. The Hartland Covered Bridge is the world’s longest covered bridge.

15 Facts About Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the most unique provinces in Canada. It is referred by many as the “rainbow” province with its houses and buildings painting in different and vibrant colours. The English spoken here is slightly different than most of Canada, so much so that it is called “Newfoundland English”. Newfoundland and Labrador is a cute, unique and charming.

1. The official bird of the province is the Atlantic puffin.

2. Before joining the Canadian confederation and adopting the Canadian dollar, from 1834 to 1949 Newfoundland had its own currency. Now they are very valuable collectors items.

3. The capital city of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is St. John’s, which is also its largest cities.

4. Speaking of St. John’s, it is the oldest city in Canada, and one of the oldest in the world. It was founded in 1497.

5. It is the 12th province to join the Canadian confederation on March 31, 1949.

6. It is the most eastern province in Canada, bordered by the province of Quebec.

7. The province’s economic output is about 34 billion dollars Canadian.

8. The province has an estimated population of 531,000 people.

9. It is the 7th largest province in Canada after Saskatchewan.

10. Newfoundland and Labrador is the 15th largest Island in the world.

11. The province in total has a coastline of 29,000 km.

12. Some 90% of the population live on the main Island of Newfoundland, and the rest on Labrador.

13. The L’Anse aux Meadows is the oldest heritage site in Canada, and one of the oldest in the world. It is at least 500 years old. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was home to the vikings.

14. The province’s time zone is unique from every other province in Canada and most the world. The time is 30 minutes ahead of the normal Atlantic Standard Time Zone in Canada.

15. From 1941 to 1945 (during World War 2) the United States had military bases in the province.

16. One of the most popular dog breeds “The Labrador” is named after the province.