Monday, 2 July 2012

Happy Birthday, Canada!

Canada celebrated its 145th birthday yesterday and although I'm a day late in posting this, it's never too late to recognize the importance, is it? Besides, I think I can still hear fireworks ringing in my ears....

I wanted to share some SUPER COOL (disclaimer: maybe) facts about Canada - there are many of them! Thanks to Random History.

1. Canada is the 2nd largest country in the world - try 3, 855, 103 square miles!
2. Canada is the 9th most sparsely populated country.
3. The average life expectancy of a Canadian is 81.16 years, making Canada the 8th highest in the world.
4. A Canadian (James Naismith) invented basketball (see, we're good for more than just hockey)
5. Canada contains 9% of the world's renewable water supply.
6. Many important inventions come from Canada: kerosene, electron microscope, IMAX, snowmobiles, etc.

And now for some environmental facts because they are near and dear to my heart! Thanks to Enviro Dad.

1. Greenpeace originated in Canada!
2. The blue box was invented here.
3. Canada contains 25% of the world's wetlands and 10% of the world's forests.
4. Canada is the 2nd largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world, largely thanks to Niagara Falls.
5. Canada is the 5th largest energy producer in the world.


So now that you're all so well-informed about Canada, feel free to share some interesting things about YOUR country of residence! :) I love learning about different countries. Happy Canada Day!


  1. Hehe. As soon as I saw this blog title in my Google Reader, I started singing (in a super cool Canadian voice) "Oh Canada! Oh Canadaaa!" but then had to stop when I realised I didn't know any words beyond that.

    I love learning all these super fun facts!! Especially since I think Canadians are #2 most awesome people in the world. And to learn you're going to live until your 81? That is AWESOME. When you reach 81, we'll both move to Japan to live a year or two longer.

    I ENJOYED THIS CANADA LESSON, MISS SONIA! I feel more Canadian knowing more about you guys :D

    Hmm, interesting things about my country?
    There's about 1500 species of spiders in Australia. ISN'T THAT FUN? >:[

    There's more than 150 million sheep in Australia, and only around 20 million humans. Which suggets sheep should be the primary concern here for the apocalypse.

    Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world! Shame it's all the way down under, Down Under!


    1. Correction: Happy Canada DAY. Sorry, I just get over-excited using the word Canada sometimes :D

  2. Hey, you! I didn't know all those Canada facts before... Are you trying to convert me? O_- I SEE WHAT YOU'RE DOING THERE. I will wish you country a Happy Canada Day! Because I heart you <3


  3. I actually knew some of those! About it being the second largest country and being one of the most sparsely populated :P. I did not know the rest however. So cool that a Canadian invented basketball! Happy Canada Day :).


    I spent my Canada Day walking around in the sun, waiting for Marianas Trench to start. (Another awesome thing about Canada, no?) Oh - and I learned fireworks sound different when you're outside. What about you?

    And also, it's nice to have you back.

    - May :)