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The northern country that Americans often mock, Canada, holds more interesting facts than one could ever have guessed. Here are ten of the most intriguing facts about the country that you should know.

There is a 200 mile long street in Canada…

In Canada, you can find the world’s longest street. It’s located on Yonge Street in Ontario and stretches all the way to the border of Minnesota, spanning a whopping 321 km (200 miles). Quite a stretch, isn’t it?

More records from Canada…

While we’re on the topic of record lengths, let’s also mention that Canada boasts the world’s longest coastline, measuring a staggering 202,080 km (125,566 miles). Just the right amount, huh?

Attacked by the USA…

People often joke about the USA attacking Canada, just like most neighboring countries tease each other. However, it has actually happened, not just once, but twice. The first time the USA invaded Canada was in 1775, and the second time Canada was attacked by its neighbor was in 1812.

Got its official flag after 100 years…

Canada didn’t get its official and current flag until 1965, nearly a hundred years after it was classified as an independent country (1867).

And they complain about the weather in some countries…?

The world’s fastest temperature difference occurred in Canada, and it’s quite impressive to say the least. In 1962, in Pincher Creek, Alberta, the temperature ranged from –19°C to 22°C (-2.2°F. – -7.6°F.) – all within a single hour! What would one even wear?

Has its own lake monster…

Forget the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland! Canada has its own creature, living in a lake in Okanagan, British Columbia. The lake monster has reportedly been spotted many times, just like the Loch Ness Monster. One can simply believe what they want.

Such a large portion of the country is covered by forests…

Approximately 30% of Canada’s area is covered by forests. While that’s quite a lot, it’s nothing compared to Sweden’s 75%.

The world’s oldest profession is legal…

Prostitution is fully legal in the country, as it is in many other countries in today’s world. However, operating brothels or acting as a pimp is illegal.

Welcome, extraterrestrials…

Canada is the first country to have built a landing strip for UFOs, located in St. PaulAlberta. Canada’s former Defense MinisterPaul Hellyer, inaugurated the landing strip in 1967. Only time will tell if any extraterrestrial beings decide to land there.

A French- and English-speaking country…

After Paris, Montreal in Canada is the largest French-speaking city on Earth. Montreal is Canada’s second-largest city and the largest city in the province of Quebec.


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