10 little-known facts about Canada

Canada does't only own one of the world's largest economies, but also contains surprisingly little-known excitement.

Newfoundland Island in Canada has from 500 to 600 collisions between elks and cars each year. 


The highest density of elks in Newfoundland is among the highest in the world. Each year, this area has 500-600 collisions occurring between elks and cars moving on the road. Most of these wildlife and human clashes do not cause many casualties, but the number of casualties per year ranges from 5 to 10. On average, one person died of this strange type of collision. 

According to Globe and Mail, Newfoundland has recently begun implementing a elk management plan to reduce the number of clashes between elks and human. 

Overweight people may well love to go to Canada 


The Hudson Bay area of Canada is one of gravity places which are much lower than many other "normal" areas on Earth. This phenomenon was first discovered in the 1960s when the Earth's gravitational field map was established. 

A 70kg person will come here with only 4 kg. Not that they are there to lose weight but that their body weight is still the same, only that the gravity of the earth has dropped significantly, which makes weight loss false. 

Canadians eat more instant noodles than Americans 


In Canada, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Kraft is known as "Kraft Dinner", the nation's most-bought grocery item. On average, Canadians eat 3.2 boxes a year, 55% more than Americans. 

Canada's forests cover an area of 12 countries combined 


Canada's forests are equal to the total area of Japan, Italy, Cambodia, Nicaragua, France, Germany, Ghana, Cameroon, Sweden, Korea, Uruguay and the United Kingdom combined. In fact, Canada has a total of 348 million hectares of forest land. 5.75% of Canadians live sparsely along 100 miles of American borders. 

The amount of syrup Canada produced can be filled with 14 swimming pools dedicated for the Olympics 


In 2014, Canada produced 9,486,000 liters of syrup. This amount is sufficient to fill the 14 standard Olympics pools (660,000 liters each). In that enormous figure, Quebec alone produced 8,580,000 liters. 

According to the Economist, Quebec accounts for 71% of global syrup production, making it "the kingdom of syrup." There is even a federation here called the FPAQ that controls the prices of syrup like OPECs that control oil prices. 

Canada's crude oil reserves could fill about 26,100 Empire State buildings 

Canada has 172 billion barrels of crude oil reserves, the world's third-largest oil reserves, or 7.220 billion liters of oil. Meanwhile, the volume of the Empire State building is 37 million cubic meters. 

The name "Canada" derives from the misunderstanding of language in the 16th century 

In 1536, the French explorer Jacques Cartier overheard the Iroquois referring to their settlement as "kanata" that means "village" or "reconciliation." However, due to the frequent use of the word, he thought it was the country name. 

Approximately 15% of Canadians visit Tim Hortons coffee every day 


Up to 2014, according to estimates from Tim Hortons, 15% of Canada's population (approximately 5,300,000 - 5,400,000 people visited coffee shops and donuts every day.) Moreover, Tim Hortons serves about 2 billion cups of coffee a year, including about eight of the 10 types of coffee sold in Canada. Tim Hortons accounts for 60% of the coffee market in Canada. 

Canada is the 4th largest city in the world using French 

The three largest cities speaking French are Paris - France, Kinshasa - Congo and Abidijan - Cote dlvoire. 

Montreal - Canada is the fourth largest city speaking French with a total population of 4,020,000 people. 

Canada has a national park which is larger than Switzerland 


Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta, Canada covers an area of 17,300 square miles. This area is even larger than Switzerland with only 15, 490 square miles. 

By: Gitta Russell

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