Canada Facts for Kids

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There is more to know about the world than what happens inside your own country's borders, and Canada facts for kids reveal a lot about America's northern neighbor. Share these fun facts with your friends.

Canada Facts for Kids

Canada's geological, geographical, economic, and social diversity makes it a fascinating country. Here are some Canada facts for kids you might not know. Since Canada uses the metric system for measurement, all measurements will be listed in metric.

Cool Things to Know About Canada

Here are some statistics about Canada:

  • In terms of land mass, Canada is the second largest country in the world. It has 9,971,000 square kilometers.
  • Canada is the fifth largest producer of energy in the world.
  • In terms of population to land mass (population density), Canada has only three people per one square kilometer. That makes it the country with the fourth lowest population density worldwide.
  • No country in the world has higher enrollment in college and university education than Canada.
  • Canada can claim the world's smallest jail, which is in Ontario. It is only 24.3 square meters.
  • Canada is the ninth largest economy in the world.
  • The town of New Quebec, Canada has the world's largest meteor crater.
  • One tenth of the world's forests are in Canada.
  • More than 32 million people live in Canada.
  • About 6 million Canadians speak French.
  • You can find the world's longest coastline in Canada.
  • Canada doesn't have states. It has 10 provinces and three territories.
  • Canada is so vast that its East Coast is geographically closer to London, England than to its own West Coast.
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • Canada has the fifth largest island in the world - Baffin Island, which is larger than all but two American states.
  • Canada means 'village' or 'settlement' in Iroquois.
  • The United States-Canadian border is the world's longest shared border. It is also the world's longest unprotected border.
  • It is widely believed that Santa Claus is from Canada.
  • Many people believe that Canada owns the North Pole. It doesn't.
  • Canada's largest city, Toronto, has about five million people.
  • Almost half of Canada's population were born in other countries.
  • Every year, Quebec City has a hotel made entirely of ice. The hotel melts in the summer, but is rebuilt every winter.
  • Canada only has one desert.

Cool Things that Come from Canada

Canada is home to lots of innovators. Here are some cool things invented in Canada:

  • The baseball glove
  • Basketball
  • The electric range
  • Electric light bulbs
  • Zippers
  • Electron microscope
  • Plexiglass
  • Antigravity suits
  • Dental mirrors
  • Goalie mask
  • IMAX
  • Pacemakers
  • Paint rollers
  • Pizza delivery
  • Roller skates
  • Snowmobiles
  • Snow blowers
  • Walkie talkies
  • Yahtzee
  • Washing machines

Cool People from Canada

Not only does Canada invent useful things, but a lot of really famous people have come from Canada. Here are just a few:

  • Avril Lavigne (singer)
  • Shania Twain (singer)
  • Nelly Furtado (singer)
  • Estella Warren (actress and model)
  • Keanu Reeves (actor)
  • Celine Dion (singer)
  • Alanis Morissette (singer)
  • Jim Carrey (actor and comedian)
  • Jennifer Tilley (actress)
  • Leonard Cohen (musician and composer)
  • Tom Cavanaugh (actor)
  • Michael J. Fox (actor)
  • Dan Akroyd (actor and comedian)
  • Brendan Fraser (actor)
  • Eugene Levy (actor)
  • Howie Mandel (comedian and game show host)
  • Mike Myers (actor)
  • William Shatner (actor)
  • Wayne Gretzky (hockey player)
  • Alex Trebek (game show host)

Now you know a little more about Canada and all of the great things and people that come from this huge North American country. If you ever get the chance to visit, you'll enjoy it and learn even more about its history, culture and residents.

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Canada Facts for Kids