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fun yet weird facts you may or may not know about canada, part 1
Fun Yet Weird Facts You May or May Not Know About Canada, Part 1
fun yet weird facts you may or may not know about canada, part 1

Fun Yet Weird Facts You May or May Not Know About Canada, Part 1

Canada is a land of diverse landscapes, friendly people, and fascinating culture. While it is known for its stunning natural beauty and rich history, it is also home to some fun and quirky facts that make it truly unique. Behind its picturesque beauty and rich history, Canada hides a playful and quirky side that showcases its unique character. From massive roadside attractions to unconventional festivals and peculiar traditions, Canada offers a delightful blend of the unexpected. Join us on a journey through some of the most entertaining aspects of this remarkable nation, where the unexpected becomes the norm, and the weirdness is embraced with open arms.

A list of weird facts about Canada

Canada is a country that boasts its fair share of weird and wonderful facts, making it a land of intriguing curiosities. Below are some facts that you may or may not be aware of!

Get screeched in Newfoundland

One of the peculiar facts about Canada is the unusual tradition found in Newfoundland, where kissing a dead cod is considered a cultural practice. This tradition involves puckering up and giving a smooch to a codfish, followed by a shot of rum called Skreech. 

When you find yourself in this province, immerse yourself in the warmth of Newfoundland hospitality, and don’t forget to partake in the unique experience of “Kissing the Cod” at the local bar.

In Churchill Manitoba, nobody locks their doors

Many areas in the world agree it is common knowledge to lock your doors to prevent strangers from entering. However, In the northern town of Churchill, Manitoba, residents have a fascinating approach to security – they don’t lock the doors to their houses or cars. 

Why, you may wonder? Well, this unique practice is due to the town’s location in the heart of Polar Bear Alley. In Churchill, polar bears roam freely, making their way towards the Hudson Bay. The locals have developed a coexistence with these magnificent creatures, learning to adapt to their presence. It’s worth noting that Churchill proudly holds the title of being the Polar Bear Capital of the world, adding to the town’s extraordinary charm.

Canadians put milk in bags

Yes, you heard us right. Canada is home to a truly distinctive practice: the use of milk bags. It may sound peculiar, but it’s a real thing. While many Canadians may not consume a lot of milk personally, it’s interesting to note that a significant portion of the population, about 75%, still opt for bagged milk. In fact, bagged milk is evident even in large retail stores like Costco. It’s just one of those quirky and unique aspects that make Canada a fascinating place.

Canada has national parks that are bigger than many countries.

Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta surpasses the combined size of Denmark and Switzerland, spanning over an impressive 44,000 square kilometers. Similarly, Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories exceeds the area of Israel, covering more than 30,000 square kilometers. 

These vast expanses showcase the immense scale of these Canadian national parks, highlighting the remarkable natural wonders that can be found within the country’s borders.

​​In Dawson City Yukon you can drink a toe

Dawson City in Yukon presents an unconventional beverage experience known as the Sour Toe Cocktail, where brave individuals consume a whiskey drink containing an actual human toe. 

This peculiar tradition involves donated toes that have been severed due to frostbite or other circumstances.  It’s worth noting that swallowing the toe results in a hefty fine of $2500. However, in the event of accidental ingestion, generous individuals step forward to contribute freshly severed toes to ensure the continuation of this bizarre yet fascinating practice.

A list of fun facts about Canada

Canada has 2 official languages

Canada, as a country, recognizes and embraces two official languages. While Quebec stands out as the primary French-speaking province, it’s worth noting that New Brunswick also boasts a significant French Speaking population. The remainder of Canada predominantly speaks English, but French instruction is commonly offered in schools, and bilingual signage can be observed throughout the country. 

The world’s smallest jail is in Canada. 

Ontario is home to the world’s tiniest jail, measuring slightly above 24 square meters. This petite correctional facility showcases an intriguing aspect of Ontario’s history, offering a glimpse into the unique and compact structures found within the province.

Canada is the second largest country in the world

Canada holds the impressive distinction of being the second largest country on Earth, encompassing a vast total area of 9.985 million square kilometers (6.204 million square miles). Its sheer size is truly remarkable, as Canada exceeds the combined land area of the entire European Union. This colossal expanse further emphasizes the magnitude and grandeur of Canada’s geographical presence on the global stage.

The lowest recorded temperature ever in Canada was as cold as Mars.

Canada experienced an astonishingly frigid moment in history when it recorded its lowest temperature ever. On February 3, 1947, the small Yukon village of Snag witnessed a bone-chilling temperature of -63 degrees Celsius (-81.4 degrees Fahrenheit). This extreme cold reached a level comparable to the chilly conditions found on the planet Mars. The remarkable feat highlights the intense cold Canadian regions can endure and serves as a testament to the country’s diverse climate.

Canada has the longest freshwater beach in the world.

Canada proudly boasts the title of hosting the world’s longest freshwater beach. While the association of Canada with beaches might not immediately come to mind, Wasaga Beach in Ontario defies expectations by claiming this record. 

Situated on the Georgian Bay, which is part of Lake Huron, Wasaga Beach stretches out to remarkable lengths. Furthermore, Canada’s coastal wonders continue with Sauble Beach, which secures the position of being the world’s second-longest freshwater beach. These remarkable natural features demonstrate that Canada holds its own when it comes to offering picturesque shorelines and serene waterfront experiences.

Did you learn anything new?

Canada is a country that not only captivates with its natural beauty and rich history but also surprises with its collection of weird and fun facts. From kissing codfish to sipping whiskey with a human toe, Canada’s peculiar traditions and unusual attractions never fail to amuse and intrigue anyone! 

Be on the lookout for part 2 on the topic of more fun yet weird facts in Canada! 

Sources:

72 Funny And Interesting Facts About Canada | The Planet D, 47 Fascinating and Fun Facts about Canada (2023) I Boutique Adventurer

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