Interesting facts about Canada
February 20, 2019
Canada is a beautiful country with the nicest people and breath-taking views. It’s hard not to fall in love with such a big and wonderful place, so we brought you some facts about Canada.
Neighbours from all over the world
Canada is really huge, with gorgeous national parks bigger than some countries. It’s divided into thirteen parts, just to make it a bit manageable. Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary are on the list of the world’s most liveable places, and they are all in the top five. Because of the fact that Canada has a lot to offer, the country is very multi-cultural, with more than 20% of the population born in another country. This number is expected to reach nearly 50% in the next twelve years.
English is not enough for Canadians, so French is also an official language. There are some parts where people try to keep everything as French as possible, but in some regions you don’t even notice it, so if you struggle with French, try to keep away from the eastern province of Quebec.
Nature and ice
Canada has beautiful landscapes, so if you want to get away for a while, this place is perfect for you and the Alberta Badlands are made for those you want to feel like cowboys in western movies. Canada has the longest coastline in the world and there are about two million lakes across the country. Of course you can’t go for a swim in the winter when the temperature can dip as low as -30°C or -40°C. It’s no surprise that Canadians love ice-hockey and they have a lot of opportunities to play with all those frozen lakes.
If you really want to be a part of the Canadian culture, it’s time to learn some slang. Their English is a very special kind, and you won’t be able to understand the words they are saying if you don’t do a little digging first. If it’s cold, you should put on a toque (beanie), you can pay with a loonie ($1 coin) and you can drive a couple of klicks (kilometres). Of course you don’t have to worry about not understanding the slang, you could just always apologize like a real, polite Canadian.
If you are ever in Canada, there’s one thing you shouldn’t and can’t miss, and that’s Tim Hortons, which is a chain of coffee & donut shops with branches everywhere.
Canada’s two national mascots are the moose and the beaver. These furry friends are up to no good, though. Moose are always crossing roads and colliding with vehicles and beavers attacking dogs and causing floods. There are other animals that can cause chaos and these are bears. In Canada, you can find a lot of black bears, grizzly bears and polar bears. To prevent vehicle collisions, a lot of lovely, grassy bridges were built for the animals to cross.
It’s really hard not to love Canada with all the things you can find in the country.
If you are relocating to Canada, and you need help, please contact your local relocation services.