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With Canada Day fast approaching and as we look to celebrate from home, I thought it would be fun to share some interesting facts about Canada in hopes to get everyone in the spirit in spite of all the event cancellations. Normally at this time we would be gearing up for the Canada Day parade. We would be looking to have our Downtown Youth Space youth and youth leaders volunteer to help with different activities that day in Confederation Park and outside of City Hall. This year will be different as we want to make sure everyone stays safe and we don’t gather in crowds. 

Did you know! Fun facts about our home, Canada:

  • The coldest temperature ever recorded in Canada was -63°C (-81.4°F) on February 3, 1957 in Snag, Yukon.
  • Estevan, Saskatchewan is reportedly the sunniest place in Canada with 2,537 hours of sunshine per year.
  • When in full production, 15 million loonies can be produced per day.
  • The baseball glove was invented in Canada in 1883.
  • Whistler, British Columbia is consistently ranked as one of the best places in North America for downhill skiing.
  • The world’s largest totem pole was raised in Victoria in 1994 and stands 54.94 metres tall (180.2 feet).
  • Canada’s first million-selling author was Marshall Saunders, with her novel Beautiful Joe (1894).
  • The English version of Canada’s National Anthem – O Canada – was written by Robert Stanley Weir for the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation in 1927.
  • The east coast of Canada had Vikings settlements in approximately 1000 AD. 
  • Over 200,000 pancakes are served during the Calgary Stampede.
  • Canada is home to 48 national parks and national park reserves, 167 national historic sites and 4 marine conservation areas.
  • The licence plate for cars, motorbikes and snowmobiles in Nunavut is in the shape of a polar bear.
  • Canada is the second largest country in the world.
  • Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world at 243,977 kilometres (151,600 miles).
  • Canada has six time zones.
  • Half of the country is covered with forests, which should come as no surprise considering one-tenth of the world’s forests are here.
  • Wasaga beach is the longest fresh water beach in the world.

We encourage you to be proud to be Canadian! We can all still take the time to celebrate as best we can from home this year, perhaps with some hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill and cold drinks ready on ice. We are sure you and your family will hopefully find plenty of fun ways to celebrate our national holiday on July 1, while also remaining as safe as possible.  

- Downtown Youth Space Staff