Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Canada Day! :)



Some history/facts about this great land (to read more visit Random Facts website) ...

1. Canada became a country on July 1, 1867, when the British North America Act was passed by the British Parliament.

2. Kanata is the St. Lawrence-Iroquoian word for "village" or "settlement.


3. The border between Canada and the United States is officially known as the International Boundary. At 5,525 miles, including 1,538 miles between Canada and Alaska, it is the world's longest border between two nations.

4. At 3,855,103 square miles, Canada is the second largest country in the world, behind Russia.

5. The average life expectancy at birth for a Canadian is 81.16 years, the eighth highest in the world.

6. The east coast of Canada was settled by Vikings around the year A.D. 1000. Archaeological evidence of a settlement has been found at L'anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland.

7. Newfoundland was the first part of Canada to be explored by Europeans. Ironically, it was the last area to become a province, in 1949.

8. Canadian James Naismith invented basketball to give his physical education students at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, an indoor team sport to play during the long winters.

9. Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world at 151,600 miles.

10. Canada contains 9% of the world's renewable water supply.

11. Canada is known as the home of large animals like the moose and grizzly bear, but it is also home to about 55,000 species of insects and about 11,000 species of mites and spiders.

12. Canadians have made many important inventions, including Kerosene, the electron microscope, the electronic organ, insulin, the IMAX film system, the snowmobile, and the electric cooking range.

13. A black bear cub from Canada named Winnipeg (or “Winnie,” for short) was one of the most popular attractions at the London Zoo after it was donated to the zoo in 1915. Winnie became a favorite of Christopher Robin Milne and inspired the stories written by his father, A.A. Milne, about Winnie-the-Pooh

14. The Moosehead Brewery in Saint John, New Brunswick, turns out 1,642 bottles of beer per minute.

15. The world's strongest current is found in the Nakwakto Rapids at Slingsby Channel, British Columbia. The current has been measured at speeds up to 18.4 miles per hour.

HAPPY CANADA DAY, Eh!

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