These little-known oddities include the country’s culture, geography, and history. If you’re a Canadian or a deep-rooted local, view this list as a lighthearted challenge – how well do you know your homeland? For the rest of you, get your notebooks out to make note of some quirky facts and use them for your next trivia night or to simply satisfy your curiosity.
1. CANADA AND MARS
You can find plenty of craters on Mars resembling a shallow holes on the surface. As a tribute, some of them were named after locations in Canada like Gander, Newfoundland, due to its space research efforts.
2. “EH” IS AN ACTUAL WORD
If you’re familiar with Canadian slang, you must have heard “eh” used in everyday conversations. Interjection is often used at the end of a question or to greet someone at a distance. It’s even listed in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary!
3. SANTA IS CANADIAN
Every year millions of children send letters to Santa Claus. Have you ever wondered where they go? They are all sent to a Canadian address: The North Pole’s postal address, H0H 0H0. In 2008, Santa also received Canadian citizenship issued by the Immigration Minister.
4. HOME TO SUPERHEROES
Loyal fans of superheroes know that not all of them are Hollywood creations. Characters like Superman were co-created by Torontonian artist Joe Shuster and Wolverine was first born in Cold Lake, Alberta.
5. 20% OF THE WORLD’S SURFACE FRESHWATER
Canada is freshwater galore. Over two million lakes, streams, and rivers, located within the country’s borders make up one-fifth of the world’s freshwater resources.