Canada, the world’s second-largest country, is well-known for its beautiful scenery, welcoming people, and universal healthcare.
The Great White North is a place of enormous landscapes, different cultures, and interesting history.
While many people are familiar with its iconic icons, such as maple syrup, mountains, and ice hockey, there is so much more to this lovely country.
In this post, we’ll delve into the heart of Canada, unearthing ten incredible and lesser-known facts about the compassionate country.
10 Amazing Facts About Canada
The World’s Smallest DesertThe world’s largest inland islandCanada has the highest tides on EarthBirthplace of SnowmobileHawaiian Beaches in CanadaMidnight Sun in the NorthBirthplace of BasketballIgloos Are Not CommonAn Island of MysteryLand of Glaciers
You may know 1 or 2 of these, but we bet you didn’t know all of these amazing facts about Canada.
The World’s Smallest Desert
The Carcross Desert occupies an area outside the community of Carcross in Yukon, Canada, just next to British Columbia’s border.
It is only one square mile in size and dates back to about 10,000 years ago, featuring a series of northern sand dunes.
The world’s largest inland island
Manitoulin Island in Ontario, which is located in Lake Huron, is the world’s largest inland island.
With an area of 2,766 km2, it is the world’s largest lake island, large enough to contain almost 100 lakes.
The island is well-known for its natural beauty, cultural diversity, and distinctive geological features.
Canada has the highest tides on Earth
The world’s highest tides occur in Eastern Canada, in the Bay of Fundy, which is located between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
The tidal range can exceed 16 meters, providing a breathtaking natural sight and this is a must-visit place if you are exploring Canada.
Videos, images, and stories cannot reflect enough about this place until you see it in plain sight. This will be your real ‘awestruck’ moment.
Birthplace of Snowmobile
In 1935, Canadian inventor Joseph-Armand Bombardier created the first snowmobile, which revolutionized winter transportation in snowy areas.
His young son actually died in 1934 because his family was unable to reach the hospital in time due to a lack of good winter transportation in remote towns.
So he built a vehicle using caterpillar tracks in 1935. Country doctors, ambulance drivers, and priests who lived in distant locations bought his first snow machines.
Hawaiian Beaches in Canada
Canada being vast land coast-to-coast, it also has a unique combination of the Pacific shoreline and temperate temperatures in British Columbia.
Yes, you read that correctly! In Victoria, British Columbia, there is a unique microclimate that permits palm trees and tropical vegetation to thrive, giving the area a distinct Hawaiian feel.
Midnight Sun in the North
The “midnight sun” phenomenon can actually be seen in Canada’s far north and is a must-see opportunity for real ‘wanderers.’
During the summer months, the sun never sets but rather appears to travel from left to right when observed at midnight in the northern parts of Canada.
This creates a unique and fascinating experience for those who trek into the Arctic Circle.
Birthplace of Basketball
Did you know that a Canadian was the one who invented basketball? Dr. James Naismith, a physical education instructor, invented the game in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891.
Basketball is now one of the most popular sports in Canada, with the Toronto Raptors serving as the country’s sole NBA club.
Igloos Are Not Common
The myth around Canada circulates that it is a cold country and people live in Igloos, but no, Canadians don’t live in Igloos.
In fact, they are more closely related to the Inuit people who reside in the Arctic areas. The majority of Canadians live in traditional houses or urban apartments.
An Island of Mystery
Oak Island, in Nova Scotia, has been the site of countless treasure hunts. Legends of buried riches, especially the fabled Money Pit, have brought treasure hunters to the island for generations.
Despite intensive exploration, the mystery of Oak Island remains unresolved.
Land of Glaciers
Canada is home to nearly 20% of the world’s freshwater, making it a global freshwater powerhouse.
This can be expected since Canada is known for snow and cold weather around the globe, but still, some are unaware of this.
The Columbia Icefield in the Canadian Rockies is the world’s largest glacier outside of the polar regions.
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