I took 5 out of ’10 mind-boggling facts about Canada’ from the Reader’s Digest, those that impressed me the most, and here they are…for your perusal and appreciation!
Canada has a lot of great things in abundance, like hockey players, parkas and Tim Hortons franchises. But did you know we also have more lake area than every other country in the world? It’s true. The Great White North has 563 lakes larger than 100 square kilometres. The Great Lakes alone contain about 18 per cent of the world’s fresh lake water. That’s a lot of water. Makes you wonder if all of our country’s allies are just thirsty! 😉
Bigger Than the European Union
Ever had someone ask you if you know Joan from Vancouveror Paul from Toronto when you told them you were from St. John’s? The vastness of our great country seems to be a little known secret to outsiders. Here are some facts to put Canada’s size in perspective: It’s bigger than the entire European Union (33 times bigger than Italy and 15 times bigger than France), more than 30 per cent larger than Australia, five times as big as Mexico, three times as big as India and about the same size as 81,975 Walt Disney Worlds put together. So, in other words, no, you don’t know Joan or Paul. 🙂
If you walked and walked and never stopped — not to eat, not to rest your feet, not to get some sleep— it would take you four and a half years to walk the length of Canada’s coastline. While our country might not conjure up images of blue waters and white sandy beaches, Canada has the world’s longest coastline, bordered on three sides by three different oceans: the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific. To put that in perspective, Canada has 202,080 of the world’s total 356,000 kilometres of oceanfront property. The only other country that even comes close is Indonesia, which has 54,716 km of coastline.
10% of the World’s Forests
Sure, everyone knows we have a lot of trees but did you know that Canada actually has 30 per cent of the world’s boreal forest and 10 per cent of the world’s total forest cover? An incredible 396.9 million hectares of forest and other wooded land can be found across the country — about 68 per cent of Canada’s forests are coniferous. The best part of all? Most of Canada’s forest land is publicly owned.
National Parks Bigger Than Countries
Canada is so big that even our parks are bigger than countries. Just look at Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories: not only is it a sight to behold with massive waterfalls, it’s also an incredible 30,050 square kilometres — bigger than Albania and Israel. Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta and the Northwest Territories is even bigger at 44,807 square kilometres, which makes it bigger than Denmark and Switzerland.
O Canada :)! As a 20 year immigrant here, not a day goes by when I’m not grateful that my home is here now… but, as someone who believes in reincarnation, I KNOW this is not my first time in this great and lovely country! I just feel it in my bones I have lived here before 😉 …go figure! I believe this is true for everyone who connects very deeply with another country and culture…