FUN FACTS OF OVER 150 YEARS OF CANADIAN HISTORY
This July 1st celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday! So, what a great time to look back at some interesting, and maybe not so well known, facts about Canada over the last 150 years! This milestone is actually called a sesquicentennial (pronounced: SES-kwuh-sen-TEN-nee-yul)…your first fact! This is Canada’s biggest celebration since its Centennial in 1967, which was kind of a big year for me too! Yes, I am what’s called a “Centennial Baby”! 150 years makes my 50 seem not so bad!
So let’s check out some fun facts and big dates in Canada since it’s Confederation!
IT KEEPS GOING AND GOING…
The Trans Canada Trail is the World’s longest recreational trail and the Trans-Canada Highway is the World’s Longest Highway!
RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY…
If you don’t like rain, you may not want to move to Ocean Falls, BC. With an average rainfall of 330 days per year, our weather doesn’t look so bad now huh?
ON THE ROCKS
Did you know our icebergs are harvested to make wine, beer, vodka and skin care products?
THE BEER OUT HERE
Molson Coors Canada, founded in Montreal in 1786 is the oldest brewery in North America and still produces beer on the original brewery site.
YOU LIVE WHERE?
Did you know that these are actual places found in Canada?:
Goobies (N.L.), Dildo (N.L.), Punkydoodle Corners (Ont), Crotch Lake (Ont), Ball’s Creek (NS), Eyebrow (Sask), Elbow (Sask), Finger (Man), and Stoner (BC…no big surprise)!
BET YOU CAN’T SAY THIS 3X FAST…
The longest name for a place in Canada is Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik Lake(Man).
We also have the world’s longest beard on a living male right here in Surrey, 7’9”!
FABULOUS AND FAMOUS
We can take claim to many famous inventions, but did you know about theses ones: Bloody Caesar, Wonderbra, Peanut Butter, Computerized Braille, Electric wheelchair, egg carton and Trivial Pursuit!
Big surprise…There are more doughnut shops in Canada per capita than any other country!
The Henry Seth Taylor steam buggy is the first known car built in Canada. It was unveiled at the Stanstead Fall Fair in Quebec.
The first telephone call between separate buildings is made by inventor Alexander Graham Bell, in Mount Pleasant, Ont., to his uncle, in Brantford, Ont. By the way, the telephone is a Canadian invention!
First films shot in Canada were made in Niagara Falls.
Canada’s automotive industry began with the establishment of the Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd in Ont.
The first bottle of Canada Dry Ginger Ale is patented and bottled.
Income Tax is introduced as a temporary “war measure”! Hmm, yet it still exists today!
CBC started airing Hockey Night in Canada on Sat nights! Quite a tradition started for many Hockey fans!
The coldest temperature recorded in Snag, Yukon at – 63C!
Our modern maple leaf flag was created after several other flag attempts, it’s just a young’un! It only took us almost 100 years after we became a country!
Ok, there was the obvious Canadian Centennial this year, but there was also the World’s first UFO Landing Pad created in St. Paul, Alberta that even our Minister of National Defense, Paul Hellyer went to the Grand Opening of!
Canada Day used to be called Dominion Day until Legislation changed the name only 35 years ago!
English and French may be our 2 official languages, but the 2011 consensus shows connections to over 200 languages by our residents!
CHEERS TO YOU CANADA!