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16 Borderline Unbelievable Facts About Canada You'll Wish You Knew Sooner

It’s time for a part-eh!

With Canada Day just around the corner on July 1, here are 18 unbelievable facts about ~Oh Canada~ that we bet you had no idea about. No shame, we'll teach you!

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1. The world’s first UFO landing pad was built in Canada.

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2. Canada has a strategic maple syrup reserve to ensure global supply in case of an emergency!

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I kid you not.

3. “Trick or treat” originated in Canada!

Dwight Schrute from The Office is wearing a gray suit with a white shirt and gray striped tie. On his head is a jack-o-lantern and he is struggling to get it off.

4. Only in Canada could the temperature rise from -19 °C to 22 °C in an hour!

Jordan Peele is wearing a dark blue button-down shirt, looking to the right side of the frame. He is sweating profusely.
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5. Basketball was invented by a Canadian.

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6. In Canada, you can find the slowest growing tree in the world!

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4 inches in 155 years. For the sake of comparison, an average newborn baby is 19 ½ inches long!

7. Canada's official phone number is 1-800-O-Canada.

Over a white background, a hand holds an iPhone. The iPhone screen reads, "1-800-O-Canada" and an image of a red maple leaf sits below it.
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8. Canadians harvest icebergs to make wine and skincare products.

An iceberg.
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9. Canada is huge – larger than the entire European Union, 5 times as big as Mexico, 3 times as big as India, and about the same size as 81,975 Walt Disney Worlds put together!

A gorgeous, tall tree in the middle of autumn amidst many skinnier trees in a forest.
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10. There are six time zones in Canada.

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11. Canada has the only town in the world with two exclamation marks: Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

A post office sign that is red and blue reads, "postes Canada/Canada post" on top. Below it, the words Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!
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12. In Canada, one dollar coins are called loonies and two dollar coins are called toonies.

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13. Hawaiian Pizza was actually invented by a Canadian man!

A hand is picking up a slice of cheesy pizza with pineapples and ham on it.
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14. Canadians spell like Brits.

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Colour, theatre, neighbour...

15. You can find the world’s largest parking lot in Canada.

A large parking lot.
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This isn't a picture of the parking lot above, but that one's pretty big, too.

16. And finally, certain areas of the country have less gravity than the rest of the world!

Spongebob levitates in the kitchen of the Krusty Krab.