Canada is one of the most amazing countries in the world. A popular tourist destination and a high-standard place to live, there are still facts about Canada we have never heard before. For example, you will be curious to know that:
1. The name of the country actually obtained its name through a misinterpretation! When the French explorer Jacques Cartier met with the local people in the New World, they invited him to their “Kanata”, meaning “village”. The explorer, however, thought that they were referring to the country, and so he labeled the country as “Canada”.
2. Canada is the second largest country in the world, after Russia, of course.
3. The Canadian President is called a Prime Minister. Strange as it may sounds… it is a true story!
3. Although some parts of the country are close to the Polar Cyrcle, Canadians DO NOT live in igloos and DO NOT have snow all year around.
4. The Canadian flag did not exist until 1965. Although I consider myself as a bookworm, probably this is one of the facts I was curious to know.
5. Canada is a home to one of the strangiest names of the world – Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik, which is a lake in northeastern Manitoba. It’s name is Cree for “where the wild trout are caught by fishing with hooks.”
6. Far away from France, Canada is a billingual country where French is one of the official languages. However, only New Brunswick officially recognizes the equal status of French and English. Quebec is the only all-French province.
7. The largest Canadian national park, called Wood Buffalo National Park, is actually bigger than the country of Switzerland, the Netherlands and Bhutan.
8. Take a journey by car, you will definitelly pass through the Trans-Canada highway (also known as Highway 1). The curious thing about this highway is that it runs across 5 time zones and 10 provinces from Victoria, BC to St. John’s, NF.
9. The Hudson’s Bay Company is the oldest chartered trading company in the world still in operation and has become a symbol of Canada. Founded in 1670, the company began working in the fur trade industry. Since then it has grown to encompass a variety of retail goods from liquor to canned salmon to coffee and tea. Today the company is owned by an American, but continues to be a prominent retailer in Canada.
10. Most people relate Canada with a lot of snow and even people building igloos. But, the fact is that Canadians DO NOT live in igloos fearing of polar bears crossing their back yeard. And NO, it is NOT snowing all year around. So if you decide to visit Canada, do not worry, a chance of sunny weather during your vacation is till high.