20 Interesting Facts About Canada

Last updated on April 29th, 2019

Strange Canadian Laws

18. It’s actually illegal to have a comic book that shows anything to do with crimes. That definitely wouldn’t go over too well with most fans of comic books since it seems almost all of them have crimes right? Otherwise what would the bad guys be fighting?

19. Polar bears are not allowed to break into your house and steal your food. So if you see one rummaging through your fridge you can call the cops and have them arrested! That may be a slight exaggeration but there actually is a jail for polar bears that steal food.

20. You can actually apologize in a court of law. We’re not just talking about saying you’re sorry for doing something. You can actually sign a document that instead of announcing your guilt announces that you legally and officially apologize for the act and that can be as good as a punishment!

There are definitely some interesting facts about the country and that’s going to get you wanting to travel over there just to check some out. Wouldn’t it be cool to see a polar bear shaped license plate after all? But there’s definitely plenty of other reasons to check out this pretty cool country.

Canada – the country at a glance

Independence1 July 1867 (union of British North American colonies); 11 December 1931 (recognized by UK per Statute of Westminster)
Capital CityOttawa
(45°24′N 75°40′W)
Largest CityToronto
(43.7000° N, 79.4000° W)
Areatotal: 9,984,670 sq km
land: 9,093,507 sq km
water: 891,163 sq km
Population35,881,659 (July 2018 est.)
Official LanguageEnglish and French
BordersUnited States, Greenland, Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
CurrencyCanadian dollar ($) (CAD)
ReligionChristianity, and Islam
Life expectancy at birth82 Years (2018)
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
National dayCanada Day, 1 July (1867)
Climatevaries from temperate in south to subarctic and arctic in north
Terrainmostly plains with mountains in west, lowlands in southeast
Mean elevation487 m
Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean 0 m
Highest pointMount Logan 5,959 m
Natural resourcesiron ore, nickel, zinc, copper, gold, lead, rare earth elements, molybdenum, potash, diamonds, silver, fish, timber, wildlife, coal, petroleum, natural gas, hydropower
Agricultural land6.8%
Birth rate10.2 births/1,000 population (2018 est.)
Death rate8.8 deaths/1,000 population (2018 est.)
Sex ratio0.98 male(s)/female (2018 est.)
Suffrage18 years of age; universal
Government typefederal parliamentary democracy (Parliament of Canada) under a constitutional monarchy
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
National anthem"O Canada"
National symbolmaple leaf and beaver
National colorsred and white
Industriestransportation equipment, chemicals, processed and unprocessed minerals, food products, wood and paper products, fish products, petroleum, natural gas
Exports$423.5 billion (2017 est.)
motor vehicles and parts, industrial machinery, aircraft, telecommunications equipment; chemicals, plastics, fertilizers; wood pulp, timber, crude petroleum, natural gas, electricity, aluminum
Imports$442.1 billion (2017 est.)
machinery and equipment, motor vehicles and parts, crude oil, chemicals, electricity, durable consumer goods
GDP - per capita (PPP)$48,400 (2017 est.)
Internet country code.ca
Time Zone(UTC−3.5 to −8)
Calling Code+1
Drives on theRight
Table last updatedJuly 26, 2019