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INFOGRAPHIC: 50 Insane Facts About Canada

By NEOMAM STUDIOS

50 Insane Facts About Canada

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Special thanks to NeoMam Studios in Manchester, UK, who created the “50 Insane Facts About Canada” infographic. To see more of NeoMam’s work, including “The Geek’s Guide to Proposing” and “50 Insane Facts About Australia,” check out their online portfolio.

53 responses to “INFOGRAPHIC: 50 Insane Facts About Canada”

  1. Canada did not “officially become its own country” in 1982. That is the year we patriated our constitution from the UK, but we had been our own country for decades. We officially became a country in 1867. There’s no debating that. But since the UK retained some legislative power over Canada you could argue that we weren’t our “own” country. Ok. But in 1931 the Statute of Westminster removed the British parliament’s ability to legislate for Canada. And if we weren’t our own country yet, how could we declare war against Germany and Japan in WW2, or have a seat on the United Nations Security Council, or sign our own trade agreements with the United States and other countries? Were those all “unofficial” actions of a pseudo-state?

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  3. papaya says:

    Nunavut no longer has a polar bear shaped license plate. NWT kept it and made Nunavut change even though Polar Bears are most common in Nunavut.

  4. Paul Rodgers says:

    Canada became a sovereign country with Confederation on 1 July 1867. All that happened in 1982 is that its constitution, the British North America Act of the British Parliament, was replaced by an act of the Canadian Parliament.
    By your logic, Australia isn’t a country yet since the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 was passed by the UK Parliament and remains in effect (with amendments). Try telling that to an Aussie. When you get up off the ground come and talk to us again.
    Nice try, but such a mammoth blunder earns you an F.

  5. thebruce0 says:

    HUMOUROUS infographic! Also, RUMOUR has it there are more than just those 3 “OU” words in our vocabulary that are distinct from our United States NEIGHBOUR. Unless those three listed are just the author’s FAVOURITE.
    Btw, how’s everyone’s MOUSTACHE coming along? Keep growing it, with FERVOUR, HONOUR and VALOUR. And SAVOUR its FLAVOUR, of course! :)

  6. Teri Habsfan says:

    actually, according to political science textbooks, you are wrong. We did not become a country until we had our own constitution voted in by almost all provinces. (discussion there). The 1867 British North America Act still had us as part of Britain- we were still under and controlled by Britain. (Think about the name of the Act, its pretty obvious if you think about it.) The 1931 Treaty of Westminister gave us more separation. But until we wrote our own constitution, we weren’t an independent country. You should open a textbook before you start with the personal attacks.

  7. Teri Habsfan says:

    We didn’t declare war in WWII- though I agree with the 1931 Statute of Westminister comment. In WWII, the Brits declared war and we followed their declaration and declared it for our people. Did the Brits give us more independence than we actually had on paper, yes- but we didn’t have official independence until we had a constitution. Its right in the poli sci textbooks- they talk all about it poli sci 101.

  8. Ken says:

    Basketball was not invented in Canada, although it was invented by a Canadian.

  9. Paul Rodgers says:

    Your main argument is based on a logical fallacy known as an appeal to authority, in this case a poly-sci text book.

    And your secondary argument, pointing to the name of the BNA Act, is specious. The Act was so named to describe the territories as they existed prior to 1867, not afterwards.

    It is as ridiculous as claiming that Canada ‘belongs to the Queen’ because it still has her as the head of state. Or that Australia is not an independent nation because the Australian Blue Ensign includes the Union Jack.

    This Act did not leave Canada as part of Britain. It quite clearly created a new Dominion that was not Britain, complete with its own parliament.

    And it did so at the request of Canadian delegates meeting at the Charlottetown Conference in 1864.

    You are correct, however, that Canada’s foreign policy was, on paper, determined by Westminster until 1931.

    But Canada won a seat at the Versailles talks in 1919 by virtue of its contribution to the Allied victory.

    And it subsequently became a founding member of the League of Nations.

    If you wish to argue that Canada was not fully independent until 1919, I’d accept that.

    But to claim that Canada was not an independent country at all after 1867 is to ignore history.

    And to argue that Canada did not become an independent country until 1982 is risible.

    If you had asked anyone in the territory covered by the BNA Act what country they were in between 1867 and 1982 they would mostly have said ‘Canada’ not ‘Britain’. (The exceptions might have said Quebec, or one of the First Nations.)

    Perhaps you should consider opening a history book.

  10. TheSteamingPile says:

    Perhaps you shouldn’t be a condescending dickwad.

  11. Paul Rodgers says:

    Fine, I’ll leave that up to you then.

  12. Bibowski says:

    I love how it says colour and rumour are spelled the ‘british way’. Don’t you mean the ENGLISH way?

  13. Mark Grice says:

    They give the population of caribou and show a picture of a moose!

  14. CKS says:

    Their religion numbers are way off (38% RC and around 17% Protestant). Those who consider themselves non-religious are the second largest “affiliation” by a good margin, too (close to 30%). It’s probably worth pointing out that Canada is one of the most secular, irreligious countries in the world based on those numbers.

  15. Cliff says:

    Basketball: It was all started by Dr. James Naismith, the son of two Scottish immigrants to Canada. By 1891, Dr. Naismith was teaching physical education in Springfield, MA at the YMCA International Training School (which today is Springfield College). While there, he was asked by the director of physical education, Dr. Luther Gulick, to come up with a new game students could play indoors during the winter that would help keep track and field runners in shape and would be relatively safe to play (particularly that it would have a small amount of physical contact so that the players wouldn’t get injured in this game).

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  17. Graham Freeman says:

    No, because I’m pretty sure that it’s spelled that way in Scotland and Wales too.

  18. Bibowski says:

    English, as in… the english language.

  19. Graham Freeman says:

    Yes, the English language as spelled the British way.

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  21. InsanePorcupine says:

    Ewww savour your moustache flavour?

  22. InsanePorcupine says:

    Sounds like you guys are arguing definitions. I would wager a guess that you are both correct, but are looking at the issue from different perspectives.

  23. InsanePorcupine says:

    Fuck you, why is it when someone simply states the facts they are called names? Here’s a name for you. You are a steaming shit pie, hows that grab ya?

  24. TheSteamingPile says:

    A little late to the show aren’t ya?

  25. Chris Coulson says:

    Actually, you’re both kind of right.

    Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada at the time, knew that it was the right thing to follow the UK and go to war with Nazi Germany. But he wasn’t willing to sacrifice Canadian independence to do so. So all of Parliament spent a whole week debating the matter. At the end of the week, Canada declared war.

  26. InsanePorcupine says:

    Ok maybe I went a little overboard, and I apologize. I don’t think I’m late though, as you have proved by replying to my angry comment with a few hours. Honestly I was a bit out of line, but why is he a condescending dickwad? He has an opinion, that doesn’t make him a dickwad.

  27. InsanePorcupine says:

    You’re just a troll aren’t you I thought your name was steaming pie, now I realize it’s steaming pile. Ha your just here to incite, and enrage. Touche

  28. Dan says:

    Basketball was invented by Canadian James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA.

  29. TheSteamingPile says:

    It’s OK. It’s the Internet.

  30. InsanePorcupine says:

    It’s not OK, ok. It’s very very serious. gawwww

  31. Guest says:

    Fun info-graphic – some tongue-in-cheek cleverness. One bit though …
    there are ONLY 8 countries in the world that are LESS corrupt than
    Canada? That suggests Canada is MORE corrupt than over 130 countries in
    the world? yikes, I’m pretty sure that is incorrect by a LOT. I can’t
    read your Endnote #34 for your source.

  32. Randy Woods says:

    You have it backwards. This is about a list of LEAST corrupt countries. If Canada is #9 on that list, that means the top eight are less corrupt, and the bottom 130+ are MORE corrupt.

  33. We still fall under Britain, as a democratic constitutional monarchy (I took that in history class in 1982 btw before most of the people here arguing were probably even born) in that our Governor General is a representative of the Queen in our parliament. This is why her image still appears on our currency. You guys are all debating this based on textbooks likely written by Americans… and yet no one has bothered to go to the GOVERNMENT OF CANADA website and just look up the information????

    http://canada.gc.ca/aboutgov-ausujetgouv/structure/menu-eng.html

  34. The only correction, Nunavut did have the polar plates because at one time they were part of NWT. In 2000 they were given their title as a Territory, and was ordered to change it’s license plates beginning in 2011. It is my understanding this was following a legal battle with NWT who won because they had the polar bear plates first. New Nunavut license plates are the standard rectangular shape.

    Well, that and in 1982 we became a “democratic constitutional monarchy”, while we could be debated to be our own country before that, and have global stature, we drafted our own Constitution and Charter of Rights in 1982.

  35. We still fall under Britain, as a democratic constitutional monarchy (I took that in history class in 1982 btw before most of the people here arguing were probably even born) in that our Governor General is a representative of the Queen in our parliament. This is why her image still appears on our currency. You guys are all debating this based on textbooks likely written by Americans… and yet no one has bothered to go to the GOVERNMENT OF CANADA website and just look up the information????

    http://canada.gc.ca/aboutgov-ausujetgouv/structure/menu-eng.html

  36. Ah, but if you read closely, the Queen of England is not mentioned anywhere there. Who IS mentioned is Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada. Are they the same physical human? Yes. But she is Queen of Canada according to Canadian Law. Or as Wikipedia puts it:

    “Although the person of the sovereign is equally shared with fifteen other independent countries within the Commonwealth of Nations, each country’s monarchy is separate and legally distinct” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarchy_of_Canada)

    And it is similarly stated on the Queen’s official website: http://www.royal.gov.uk/monarchandcommonwealth/canada/canada.aspx

    It is admittedly confusing, but the fact is that no Law of Britain can affect Canadian Law.

  37. Well I put as much stock in Wikipedia as I do in the Harper government being honest so…

    This is true that no Law of Britain can affect Canadian Law, at least, that’s how it reads.

    As for Queen of Canada, as you quoted Wikipedia, you answered your own question, as “each country’s monarchy is separate and legally distinct” therefore she would be addressed as “Queen of Canada” “Queen of England” and so on… basically she has 15 titles (at least).

    But, in the end, we are still constitutionally under the Queen. The laws of Britain don’t affect us, but her laws can (not that they do since in the 21st century she has little or no actual power).

    The original point stands, that we fall under Britain, more particularly the monarchy which is British. Point being, we’re not wholly independent (as for example the USA) as people argue.

  38. Scott Campbell says:

    There is no country called Britain.

    There is, however, a country called The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

  39. So, I asked our government what the answer is to “I’m sorry but when did Queen Elizabeth II lose her throne in England? “Her
    Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of Canada. She has dedicated her life
    to public service and continues to serve Canada and Canadians after 60
    years.” She is the Queen of England not just Canada. Your write up
    about her role in our government places her several times as “Queen
    of Canada”. If anything she is Queen of the British Commonwealth.
    or the United Kingdom isn’t she?”

    And received this response…..

    Good morning,

    You are entirely correct that Her Majesty
    is sovereign of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms, including
    Canada.

    The 16 Commonwealth countries where
    the Queen is Head of State have adopted titles for Her Majesty that have
    elements in common but that reflect her role in that particular country.

    In Canada, the Royal Style and Titles
    are established by the Royal Style and Titles Act (http://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/R-12/page-1.html).

    You noted that the Department of Canadian
    Heritage’s web site always make reference to Her Majesty as Queen of Canada.
    While the Queen is sovereign of a number of countries, the Department’s
    primary concern is with the role of Head of State of Canada.

    I hope this information is helpful.
    Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions.

    Regards,

    Joël Girouard

    Directeur | Director

    Cérémonial d’État et protocole | State Ceremonial and Protocol

    Ministère du Patrimoine canadien | Department of Canadian Heritage

    Gatineau, Canada K1A 0M5

  40. Alexandra Mendes says:

    You forgot the BlackBerry, a purely Canadian masterpiece invention :-)

  41. rich1299 says:

    The UK still doesn’t have a constitution, does that mean they aren’t an independent country?

  42. rich1299 says:

    The UK still does not have a constitution, if a constitution makes a country independent then what country is the UK a dependence of? There’s a lot more to such things as nationhood than taught in polysci 101.

  43. Mikef2007 says:

    Thanks Randy. This one had me scratching my head too at first read. The wording is odd. It should read Canada is the eighth least corrupt country in the world.

  44. Mikef2007 says:

    The BB is not exactly a point of pride these days.

  45. Devon says:

    False- he was from Almonte, Ontario where the Naismith Museum is located.

  46. GestaRealist says:

    I’d love to see the cons now. From a non-Canadian perspective possibly.

  47. Leo says:

    The friendly arguments in this comment section are hilarious…for those who are arguing in a friendly manner, you impress me because most people are plain rude over the internet…and I’m glad to see people argue based on knowledge, whether they are correct or not and whether their understanding of said (often incomplete) knowledge is beside the point. Keep up the polite discussions and debates!

  48. Leo says:

    Wait…nothing on poutine?

  49. jones19876 says:

    It was one for over a decade not too long ago, it’s the base of the whole “smart phone” crazy too.

  50. yachty says:

    LI is the most common sir name? That is FU…you people let anyone in! Canada is a Socialists wet dream! Comics can’t have criminal activity…What do Superman, Batman and all the superhero’s do? Canada is really FU!

  51. babyowl53 says:

    This infographic is all well and nice however it would be even better if it was legible. It is so fuzzy that it is actually a bit ridiculous.

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