Canada day is the national day of Canada. A federal statutory holiday, it celebrates the anniversary of July 1, 1867, the effective date of the Constitution Act, 1867 which united the three separate colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. Canada Day celebrations take place throughout the country, as well as in various locations around the world, attended by Canadians living abroad.
Here are some interesting facts about Canada :
The name Canada is from the Huron-Iroquois Indian word kanata, which means village or settlement. In 1535, when French explorer Jacques Cartier was traveling with Indian youths, they used the word to describe Stadacona, a village where Quebec City is located today. Cartier then used the word Canada to refer to the entire surrounding area, and in 1547, Canada appeared on maps, applying to land north of the St. Lawrence River.
John Cabot, an Italian immigrant to England, was the first to map Canada’s Atlantic shore, setting foot on Newfoundland or Cape Breton Island in 1497 and claiming the New Found Land for England. English settlement did not begin until 1610.
At 243,000 km along the shores of 52,455 islands, Canada boasts of the longest coastline in the world. If you want to have an idea of how long this is, it is estimated that at a pace of about 20 km a day, it would take a person 33 years to finish strolling Canada’s shorelines.
Canada only got its own flag 100 years after it became a country — on February 15, 1965.
The Dead Sea in the Middle East is known the world over for water so buoyant you can’t sink. This is attributed to its high salt content making it denser than fresh water. You don’t have to travel that far to experience this phenomenon. Canada has Little Manitou Lake in Saskatchewan. Fed by underground springs, the 13.3 square km lake has mineral salt concentrations of 180,000 mg per litre making it extremely buoyant.
Canadians like to finish a sentence with the word eh. “eh" is actually listed in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary as a valid word.
Canada’s Immigration Minister declared in 2012 that Santa Claus was indeed a Canadian citizen. He also suggested that this is why his signature look is a red and white suit – the colors of Canada. You can write a letter in any language and send it to this address: Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada.
There are more than 2,800 hockey rinks in Canada. However, almost twice as many kids under 14 years play soccer than hockey. Ice-Hockey is still the second most practised sport in Canada for all over 15 years of age. Ice hockey comes after golf, but before soccer!
Canadians are known for their politeness. But they say sorry so much that an Apology Act was passed in 2009, which made apologies inadmissible in court. So an apology “means an expression of sympathy or regret” and not “an admission of fault or liability in connection with the matter to which the words or actions relate.”
Twenty percent of the world's fresh water is in Canada, and it has more lakes than any other country.
Nunavut territory in Northern Canada was only created in 1999 and is home to the Inuit population. the number plate for cars, motorbikes and snowmobiles in the Northern State of Nunavut is the shape of a polar bear!
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