Cool Facts to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary

 

Whether you live in our nation’s capital, in the West coast or somewhere up North, there is a big reason to celebrate today! It is Canada’s 150th Birthday and in its honour, we are sharing some cool facts about our country that perhaps might surprise you.

Canada has the greatest number of lakes and hockey players

Canadian hockey players
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We are the second largest country in the world with the most water in the world! Close to 9% of Canada’s surface is covered by freshwater. This does not include close to 2 million smaller lakes that have yet to be discovered and recognized!

Not only is hockey a Canadian national sport, but also a way of life! It is a big part of our culture. Therefore, it is no surprise that we have the highest percentage of registered hockey players to population! Out of 10000 Canadians, 164 are registered hockey players. How cool is that?

Canada has the longest street and the largest coastline in the world

Canadian coastline
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Yonge Street was built in 1794 and named after Sir George Yonge, who was a friend of Ontario’s first lieutenant governor John Graves Simcoe. Even though it is no longer recognized by the Guinness World Records as the longest street in the world, Yonge Street held the title until 1999. It connects Lake Ontario to Lake Simcoe, by morphing into Highway 11 north of Toronto, and extending for 1,896km! From city landscape to country cottage and Ontario’s wilderness, this scenic route is definitely worth exploring!

Besides having what was once recognized as the longest street, our country has the longest coastline. Can you believe that it is also 56.7% of the world’s total coastline? The Pacific, Atlantic and Artic oceans are all part of this amazing and beautiful shore.

Canadians eat more doughnuts than anyone else

Canadian doughnuts
Photo Credit: The Canadian Press

It is true! Canadians eat more doughnuts than any other country’s citizens. It should not come as a surprise as we have the largest concentration of doughnut shops in the world! Even though high donut intake does not help our waistline, it definitely keeps us happy! It has been reported that our love for these fried treats is connected with our love for coffee, which are both offered at places like Tim Hortons.

Canadian license plates in the Northwestern Territories are cool

Canada license plate
Photo Credit: The Plate Shack

These license plates are not only cool but also unique. The Northwestern Territories introduced the polar bear design back in the 1970s, and even has a trademark on it! They are popular and their style has not changed much in over 40 years. Wouldn’t you love to have one?

Canada is Santa’s home

Santa address in Canada
Photo Credit: QMI Agency files

Did you know that Santa’s home is actually in Canada? Growing up, we all knew that Santa’s Headquarters were in the North Pole. Nevertheless, what we did not know was that he does not have a zip code but a postal code (HOH OHO)!

Every year, Canada Post runs its Santa letter writing program. It has been running for 34 years, and the program has averaged one million letters or more a year! If you write your return address, you will get a response back. What an amazing thing to do!

We hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about our country today. On behalf of the Live your retirement Team, we wish you and your loved ones a happy Canada Day celebration!

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