Are you ready for some facts about our northern neighbors – a little
Canadian trivia? Did you ever wonder where the name Canada came from? It
comes from the word Kanata, a Huron-Iroquois word meaning a village. Did
you know that Canada is second only to Russia in land mass? It touches three
oceans (the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Artic), but only one other country
(the United States). Canada does not have states. It has providences and
there are ten: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario,
Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
There are six different times zones in Canada. There are three territories
(Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) and the capital is in Ottawa.
The first prime minister’s name was Sir John A. Macdonald. Canada
has two official national languages: English and French. Sir Wilfrid Laurier
was the first French-Canadian prime minister. The highest mountain in Canada
is Mount Logan (named after one of Canada’s greatest surveyors and
scientist, Sir William Edmond Logan).
Now would you like to hear some fun Canadian trivia? Did you know the Caribou
is on the Canadian quarter? In addition, did you know that the Canadian
dollar coin is called the Loonie after the picture of a loon on it? Although “O
Canada” has been sung since the late 1800s as the Canadian national
anthem, it was not named the official anthem until 1980. The first (and
only) Canadian to win a Nobel Peace Prize was Lester B. Pearson. It was
awarded for his United Nations Peacekeeping Force that helped the Suez Crisis
Here’s some Canadian trivia related to sports. Do you like hockey?
If you do, you probably know that the championship trophy for the National
Hockey League (NHL) is called the Stanley Cup. Canada also has a football
league, the Canadian Football League. Their championship trophy is called
the Grey Cup.