Did You Know… Canada
Canada has a long and colourful history – from its discovery by Jaques Cartier, to national foods, laws and geography, here are some facts about Canada that you may find interesting:
Facts About Canada: History
– The name Canada comes from “Kanata”, the Iroquoian word for “village”
– We know how much longer winter will last! Groundhog Day, on which people gather to watch the groundhog come out of hiding, indicating how much longer the winter will last. If the groundhog sees its shadow, then winter will last another 6 weeks, if he doesn’t, there will be an early spring. It’s only a folklore, but some people swear by its truth!
– Canada uses the metric system for official measurements, however it is not unusual to find things measured in miles, pounds, inches and feet.
– The countries motto is “From Sea to Sea” – or “A Mari Usque ad Mare” in Latin
– The national icon is the Beaver
– The Sugar Maple is the national tree.
– When the British North America Act was passed on July 1st in 1867, Canada officially became its own country.
Facts About Canada: Geography
– This land is 3,855,103 square miles, making it the second largest country in the world.
– There are 10 provinces and 3 territories in Canada, of which Ottawa is the nations capital.
– French and English are both official languages, and New brunswick is the only officially bilingual province. In the 3 Northern Territories indigenous languages are also recognized.
Did You Know: Law
– Officially there are 2 legal systems: Common law in all provinces and territories except Quebec, in which the French civil code is still in practice.
– Canada’s firearm laws are very strict. All guns must be licenced and registered to owners 18 and older – these rules also apply to sporting guns.
– Federal Income tax in the country ranges from 15%-29% (according to ones income). Provincial income taxes are extra to this, and also differ according to income. Alberta is the only province in which anyone who earns above a minimum income is taxed 10%.
Facts About Canada: Population and Lifestyle
– This country has one of the highest living standards.
– Canada was the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy in 1988.
– There is no automatic service charge here, so tipping is a necessity. A good tip is between 10-20% of the total bill(incl. Tax).
Did You Know: Food&Drink
– Canada is the worlds largest producer of Ice Wine
– Poutine: hails from quebec. With fries covered in gravy and cheese curds, it is Canada’s unofficial national dish.
– Canada is the producer of most of the worlds maple syrup supply.
You never know, having a few “did you know” facts about the Great White North up your sleeve may come in handy.
Photo credit: A 1947 stamp celebrating John Cabot’s discovery of the Newfoundland coast (Wikipedia)