Oh Canada, there’s nothing trivial about you. But here’s a list of trivia to celebrate 150 years since Canada’s Confederation.How many of these facts did you already know? Tell us your score in the comments. Sports1. The Toronto Huskies, established in 1946, were the first Canadian team in the NBA2. Los Angeles Lakers’ Mike Smrek became the first Canadian to win an NBA championship in 19873. Steve Nash is the only Canadian to win the NBA MVP awardREAD MORE: Canadian sports heroes to honour for the country’s 150th birthday4. Canadian closer Éric Gagné is the first MLB pitcher to record more than 50 saves in more than one season5. The Toronto Blue Jays are the fastest AL expansion team to win the World Series
Fans, many wearing Toronto Blue Jays’ blue shirts, stand as a “wave” rolls through the stadium in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Seattle.
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6. The first NBA game was played in Canada between the New York Knicks and the Toronto Huskies in 19467. The first recorded baseball game took place in Beachville, Ont., in 18388. Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run on the Toronto Islands as a rookie in the International League9. The Royal Montreal Golf Club is the oldest golf club in North America10. While ice hockey is Canada’s most prevalent sport, lacrosse is the country’s official sport11. Ottawa’s Nancy Greene won the first ever World Cup ski race in 196712. The Stanley Cup has its own bodyguard13. Maurice “Rocket” Richard was the first NHL player to score 50 goals in one season14. Chicago Cubs’ Ferguson Jenkins is the first Canadian to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame15. Curling became Saskatchewan’s official in 200116. The canoe capital of the world is located in Peterborough, Ont. History17. Canada officially became its own completely independent country in 1982 with the Canada ActREAD MORE: Canada 150 interactive: You choose the logo18. The name “Canada” comes from the word “Kanata” used by the Iroquois, a native American tribe who lived in Quebec in the 16th century19. Charles Fenerty, a poet from Halifax was the first person to use wood fibres to make paper20. O Canada was first performed on July 24, 1880 in Quebec CityREAD MORE: 7 defining Canadian moments from the past 150 years 21. Canada’s first railway line opened in July 183622. The Mounted Police were formed in 1873, with nine officers23. Remembrance Day poem “In Flanders Fields” was composed by Lt.-Col. John McCrae in 1915
24. BlackBerry Limited was founded by Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin in Waterloo, Ont., in 198425. The first Tim Hortons opened in 1964 in Hamilton, Ont.26. Canada is home to the oldest brewery in North America, Molson, which was established in 1786READ MORE: 10 fascinating facts about beer in Canada27. The toonie was introduced in 199628. Kim Campbell is the first and only female prime minister of Canada29. MuchMusic won a Gemini award for its coverage of the 1993 federal election30. Cirque du Soleil was founded in Quebec in 1984
Varekai by Cirque du Soleil.
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31. In 1642, a group of religious mystics from France were inspired by a vision to build a missionary city in the Canadian wilderness32. Canada didn’t get its official flag until 1965, almost 100 years after it became a country33. The regent of England, currently Queen Elizabeth II, is the Canadian head of state34. The popular children’s book Anne of Green Gables was written by P.E.I. author Lucy Maud Montgomery
35. The term “trick or treat” was first used in Alberta36. The Halifax Explosion in 1917 was the world’s largest man-made explosion prior to Hiroshima37. Newfoundland didn’t become a province until 194938. O Canada didn’t become the official national anthem until 198039. Manitoba was the first province to grant women the right to vote40. The first YMCA started in 1851 in Montreal41. Newfoundland was the first part of Canada to be explored by Europeans42. Quebec City’s 400th anniversary was celebrated in 2008
The Hotel Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City.
43. The Bluenose, Canada’s most famous ship and seen on the dime, was a fishing and racing vessel in the 1920s and ’30s.Inventions44. In 1883, the baseball glove was invented in Canada45. Basketball was invented by a Canadian living in the United StatesREAD MORE: 4 s you can thank Canada for creating46. Canada can take credit for IMAX, the electric wheelchair, and Trivial Pursuit47. An Ontario man invented Hawaiian pizzaREAD MORE: “Sam” Panopoulos, inventor of Hawaiian pizza, dies at 83 48. The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in the summer of 187449. Canadian Sir Fredrick Banting developed insulinFood & Drink50. A 2010 Maple Leaf Foods poll said 43 per cent of Canadians would rather have bacon than sex51. 77 per cent of the world’s maple syrup is made in Quebec
Bottles of maple syrup are shown at Sucrerie de la Montagne in Rigaud, near Montreal, March 4, 2010.
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52. Macaroni and Cheese is the most-purchased grocery item in Canada53. 80 per cent of all alcohol consumed in Canada is beer, although cider and wine are becoming more popular54. Canada has more doughnut shops per capita than anywhere else55. It is illegal to move alcohol between provinces without permission56. Cheddar is the most popular cheese in CanadaREAD MORE: 11 inventions, people, and foods you probably didn’t know were Canadian57. P.E.I. banned the sale of soda in cans between 1984 and 200858. Each Canadian eats an average of 190 eggs per year59. Canadians drink more fruit juice per capita than any other country60. New Brunswick-based McCain Foods is the world’s largest manufacturer of French fries61. Tim Hortons has more outlets in Canada than any other restaurantREAD MORE: Which Tim Hortons doughnut comes out on top62. Dawson City, Yukon is home to the Sourtoe Cocktail, a drink garnished with an amputated toe
The famed Sourtoe Cocktail of Dawson City, Yukon.
63. The Mclobster is exclusively served at Canadian McDonald’s64. Peameal bacon is often considered “Canadian bacon” abroadREAD MORE: 18 Canadian dishes from coast to coast65. Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada66. Between 1917 and 1921, alcohol was prohibited in British Columbia67. The Moosehead Brewery in Saint John, N.B., turns out 1,642 bottles of beer per minute68. Canada is the largest exporter and producer of blueberries in the worldAnimals69. 2.4 million caribou live in CanadaREAD MORE: Canada 150: Could you pass the Canadian citizenship test?70. 850 metres is the length of the world’s longest beaver dam found in Northern Alberta71. 224 annual car accidents in Canada involve moose72. 15,500 of the world’s 25,000 polar bears live in Canada73. No cows in Canada are allowed to be administered artificial hormones for milk production74. The first North American bird sanctuary was created in Last Mountain Lake in present-day Saskatchewan75. The beaver is the official symbol of Canada
An adult beaver appears in a file photo.
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76. Manitoba’s Narcisse Snake Dens has the most snakes in a concentrated area in the world77. There are no rats in Edmonton – or in all of Alberta for that matter78. Churchill, Man., has established a polar bear prison for bears who break into people’s homes for food79. Churchill is known as the “Polar Bear Capital of the World”
Polar bear mother with cubs in Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada.
80. Scientists believe that Canadian geese have their own language with up to 13 different callsLand & Nature81. 31 per cent of Canada is taken up by forests82. 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water is in Canada83. Canada has more lakes than all other countries combined
84. Canada stretches across six time zones85. Ontario has over 250,000 lakes, one-third of the world’s fresh water86. The Great Lakes contain about 18 per cent of the world’s fresh water87. The world’s highest tides occur in the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick88. Manitou Lake on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron is the world’s largest lake within a lake89. Nunavut translates to “our land” in Inuktitut90. Alert, Nunavut is the world’s northernmost settlement91. Canada has the only walled city, Quebec City, in North AmericaREAD MORE: In photos: Major Canadian city skylines then and now92. Canada is home to North America’s strongest current93. Yellowknife is one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights94. Newfoundland and Labrador’s Mistaken Point has the oldest known evidence of early multicellular lifeRELATED: Canada 150: Send us your Canadian vacation photos95. One-fifth of Canada’s total population is taken up by Nunavut96. Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world at 151,600 milesLongest & Largest97. Canada’s longest place name is Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik Lake98. 2.49 metres is the length of the world’s longest beard belonging to Sarwan Singh of Surrey, B.C.99. The longest highway in the world is the Trans-Canada Highway100. Wasaga Beach is the world’s longest freshwater beach in the world
Visitors enjoy the warm sun and sand of Wasaga beach.
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101. Montreal is the world’s second-largest French speaking city, after Paris102. Canada has the longest recreational trail, the Trans Canada Trail103. Canada is bigger than the European Union104. Canada is the second-largest country in the world105. Canada’s Wood Buffalo National Park is bigger than Denmark and Switzerland106. The world’s largest totem pole was raised in Victoria in 1994 and stands 54.94 metres tall
A person stops to take a photograph of a snow-covered totem pole at the Haida House exhibit at the University of Briitish Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology.
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National Pride107. Canada’s literacy rate is over 99%108. Canada’s population density is 8.6 people per square mile, making it the ninth-most sparsely populated nation in the world109. Canada’s two official languages are English and French110. 80.5 per cent of Canadian homes have Internet111. Studies have found Canadians are the second-happiest people in the worldWATCH: Canadianisms Quiz112. 11 is the correct number of points on the Canadian flag’s maple leaf113. You can write in any language to the North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada, and get a letter back from Santa114. Canada is the best G20 country in which to be a womanREAD MORE: Canada ranked as second-best country in the world, again 115. Only eight countries are deemed to be less corrupt than Canada116. 42 per cent of the Canadian population have a higher education qualification117. 35-50 per cent of all music broadcast on Canadian radio must be Canadian118. The Toronto International Film Festival is the largest film festival in North America119. The first place in the world to develop emergency number 911 was Winnipeg, Man.120. The first oil company in North America was founded in the appropriately named Oil Springs, Ont.121. 9.5 million of Canada’s 34.9 million people speak French122. The U.S. buys more oil from Canada than any other country123. You can send mail to Canada’s government for free124. The Canadian Rocky Mountains has been named the “Serengeti of North America” due to its array of wildlife125. The CN Tower in Toronto was the world’s tallest free-standing structure until it was eclipsed in 2007126. The American Society of Civil Engineers have considered the CN Tower one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World
The super perigee full moon sets behind the CN tower in Toronto on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.
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Canadian Quirks… Eh127. Canada has an “Apology Act” that allows apologies in court to be considered a sign of empathy, not guilt128. Americans have been known to call themselves “Canadians” when abroadWATCH: Canada 150: What travellers have to say about Canadians129. It’s currently illegal to have comics depicting criminal acts in Canada, although that may change130. The world’s smallest jail is in Rodney, Ont.131. It’s illegal to swear in French in MontrealREAD MORE: Canada’s strangest laws132. Nunavut, at one point, had polar bear-shaped licence plates133. In Saskatchewan, a hoodie is called a “bunnyhug”Watch: Saskatchewan slang explained
134. The coldest recorded temperature in North America was in Yukon in 1957 at -63 C135. Pincher Creek, Alta., experienced a temperature shift from -19 C to 22 C in just one hour in 1962136. Canada’s lowest recorded temperature, -63 C, is as cold as Mars137. Ocean Falls, B.C., has on average 330 days of rain each year138. Canada’s capital is Ottawa, the second-coldest capital in the world139. Canada has strategic maple syrup reserves in Quebec140. University of Victoria offers a “Science of Batman” courseWatch: farewell Adam West, TV’s Batman
141. Canadians didn’t appear on Canadian banknotes until 1971READ MORE: Canada’s 10 most influential peopleMiscellaneous142. Toronto, Ont., leads tourism in Canada with 25 million people visiting each year143. Among all provinces and territories of Canada, British Columbia has the mildest climate144. More than 42 per cent of Canadians are Roman Catholic145. Edmonton is commonly known as the “Gateway to the North”READ MORE: Canada 150: Have you seen these red and white tulips in Edmonton?146. 23 per cent of Canadians are Protestant147. The Westboro Baptist Church and its members, known for picketing soldiers’ funerals, are banned from Canada148. Li is the most common surname in Canada, according to the nation’s phone books149. 40.6 years old is the average age of a Canadian150. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is the longest continuously operating ballet company in North America Sources Canada PostCanadian HeritageCanadian Legal Information InstituteCRTCCPHAEnvironment CanadaNBAWWFStatistics CanadaCanadian MintNational Research CouncilCanadian EncyclopediaReader’s DigestCanadian GeographicCity of TorontoCity of MississaugaGovernment of ManitobaGeos Language SchoolManitobahot.comAtlas ObscuraBuzzfeedMetro UKMLBCBCDiscover Canadian LawyersUNESCOSportsnetMaple Leaf FoodsTop 100 Golf CoursesBrittanica.comReader’s Digest TravelCanadian Geographic – MusicSkiing HistoryNHLCN Tower website
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