10 Interesting Facts About Canada You Didn’t Know
Planning to travel to Canada? Here are interesting facts to know to make the most of your trip:
1. The Niagara Falls receives more tourists than any other landmark in Canada
Besides being the second-largest country in the world, Canada is also a top tourist destination. In fact, according to Statistics Canada, the country receives about 20 million tourists each year. It has a glittering array of landmarks for tourists to explore. However, The Niagara Falls receives way more tourists than any other landmark in the country. Its location also plays a great role in attracting many tourists, as it’s just an hour’s drive from Toronto. Daredevils have made numerous attempts to plunge over the falls with a wide range of homemade boats and barrels.
2. Canada is the second-largest country in the world after Russia
At 9.984 million square kilometers, Canada is the second-largest country in the world. It touches 3 distinct ocean coasts. Its vast wilderness makes it a popular destination for outdoor activities. It has 10 provinces, which are connected by the Trans-Canada Highway, which is about 5,000 miles in length. If you’re looking to drive from the west coast of Canada to the east coast, it would take you about 2 weeks.
3. The Canadian dollar is the currency of Canada
The Canadian dollar is abbreviated with the symbol $, Can$ or C$. The Canadian 1 dollar coin, which was previously referred to as the Loonie was introduced in Canada in 1987. A Loonie is equivalent to one Canadian dollar.
4. Canada’s national sports are Lacrosse and Hockey
Oddly enough, Canada has two national sports: Lacrosse and Hockey. Lacrosse is a sport played on a field, roughly the size of a soccer field, with 10 players on every side that include a goalkeeper, 3 defenders 3 midfielders, 3 attackers. You need a lacrosse stick and lacrosse ball to play the game. When playing you use the head of the lacrosse stick to maneuver the ball (carry, catch, pass and shoot) into the goal. Hockey is a popular sport in the world. A hockey stick is used to maneuver (pass and shot) the ball into the net.
5. Poutine is a dish that originated in Canada
Poutine is a popular dish in Canada. It includes cheese curds and French fries, topped with brown gravy. It originated in Quebec, a predominantly French-speaking province in Canada.