10 remarkable facts on Canada

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  1. “Canada” is an Iroquoian language word meaning “village”.
  2. Canada has the largest coastline in the world and has more lakes than the rest of the world’s lakes combined.
  3. Canada has the third largest oil reserves of any country in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
  4. Canada’s lowest recorded temperature was -81.4 degrees fahrenheit (-63 celsius) in 1947.
  5. Canada has fewer people than Tokyo’s metropolitan area.
  6. Canada is the world’s most educated country by percentage: over half its residents have college degrees.
  7. Canada consumes more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world.
  8. Sometimes in Newfoundland the Atlantic Ocean freezes so people play hockey on it.
  9. Residents of Churchill, Manitoba leave their cars unlocked to offer escape for pedestrians who might encounter polar bears.
  10. Until 1999, the Guinness Book of World Records considered Yonge Street in Ontario as the longest street in the world at 1,896 km (1,178 mi).

(ed. – A selection of these facts were collected by content writer Laura McCallum for the website Knowable – and originally found on RidiculousWeb.)

 

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