Ten Interesting Facts About Canada

Today we look at one of the largest countries in the world, Canada, and discover about its really interesting and fun facts.

The name “Canada” was created by accident. When French explorer Jacques Cartier was visiting the new world, the indigenous people invited him to their “kanata,” their word for “village.” Cartier’s party mistakenly thought that “kanata” or “Canada” was the name of the country.

A town in the province of Manitoba named Churchill is called “Polar Bear Capital in the World,” where there is a bear for every person. While it brings a lot of tourists, life with these giant carnivores loitering in the streets can be a bit tricky. That’s why people leave their cars unlocked to provide quick refuge in case someone is being chased by those bears.

Canada boasts about 55,000 different species of insects

Canada’s national motto is A Mari Usque ad Mare, meaning “From sea to sea.”

Canada has the 9th lowest population density in the world, with only 8.6 people per square kilometer. But it’s the second largest country in the world.

Its capital, Ottawa, is the second coldest capital in the world.

Montreal is the world’s second largest French speaking city after Paris, France.

10% of the world’s forest is in Canada.

Canada’s national flag was created only pretty recently — in 1965.

Winnie the Pooh was based on a Canadian bear. A black bear cub was named Winnipeg (after the city), “Winnie” for short.