Back to our Canada150 project.  Today, we bring you 150 Interesting Facts About Canada, in celebration of our 150th birthday this summer.

The facts listed below cover a broad range of topics and show the complex nature and history of our nation very briefly.  Choosing 150 facts out of the hundreds of thousands of items we could have covered has been difficult.  150 things can’t possibly define the Canadian experience so we kept it to facts that we thought people would find interesting.  In keeping with our mandate, the facts here are not all rosy.  That simply would not be truthful.  Some briefly outline darker parts of Canadian history that Canadians should be aware of.

In no particular order, because all 150 points are interesting, they are:

  1.  The world’s largest beaver dam is in Wood Buffalo National Park and since the park is larger than the country of Switzerland, park staff had no idea it even existed until the BBC contacted them wanting to film it.  The BBC had learned about it from a researcher who discovered it looking at satellite images for beaver dams.  Learn more here
  2. Canada has a prison for polar bears.  That’s right.  Polar bear jail.  Found in Churchill, Manitoba, at the edge of the Hudson Bay, the polar bear jail is a holding facility where bears who get a little too close are kept until they can be released back into the wild.  Learn more here or read the rather entertaining take from the Daily Mail (UK) here and the Lonely Planet version for tourists here.
  3. Hockey might be our national winter sport but a Canadian also invented basketball.  James Naismith was born near Almonte, Ontario and became a physical education instructor.  He introduced the game of basketball while living in Springfield, Massachusetts in December, 1891.  He also wrote the first basketball rule book and is credited with inventing the first football helmet.  Learn more here and here.
  4. Look out Nessie, Canada has it’s very own lake monster – N’ha-a-itk or Ogopogo.  The beast is said to live at Squally Point, just a short distance south of the City of Kelowna, British Columbia.  Learn more here, here and search for the sea monster here.
  5. We build bridges and underpasses for our wildlife.  Banff National Park is the home to 6 overpasses and 38 underpasses which allow wildlife to pass the 4 lane Trans-Canada Highway while minimizing the risk of collisions with vehicles.  It is the longest running project of its kind in the world.  Learn more here, here and here.
  6. We made a $1,000,000 coin, a Guinness World Record.  5 of them actually.  The coin is legal tender, weighs 100 kg and you can learn more about it here.
  7. We harvest icebergs.  Companies in Newfoundland sell the water mainly in European countries and there was also a project in Nunavut to sell iceberg water in Asia.  The water is not only bottled but also used to produce beer and other beverages.  In many parts of Nunavut, iceberg water has been traditionally collected for tea and drinking water.  Learn more here, here, here and here.
  8. We built a landing pad for UFOs.  St. Paul, Alberta is home to the UFO landing pad, an information centre and even a hotline for reporting UFO sightings.  Learn more here.
  9. A little piece of Newfoundland can be found on … Mars.  The Gander Crater on Mars was named after the town of Gander, Nfld in 1991 in recognition of its contributions to aviation and is roughly 40 km across.  Learn more here.
  10. The Don River in Toronto was officially declared dead and even had a funeral in 1969.  However, it was so full of Atlantic salmon at one time that inmates at the Don Jail, on the banks of the river, once refused to eat any more salmon.  Luckily, through restoration efforts, salmon have begun once again to swim in the river.  Learn more here, here and here.
  11. Back to Churchill.  Residents in Churchill, Manitoba often leave their car doors unlocked to provide safety and shelter to people who may encounter polar bears.  Learn more here.
  12. Cows in Canada are not given hormones to produce milk.  Learn more here.
  13. Not only do we have the largest beaver dam in the world, we also have the largest snake dens in the Narcisse Snake Pits in northern Manitoba.  Learn more here.
  14. Canadian soldiers liberated the Netherlands in World War II.  Learn more here.
  15. As a result, the Netherlands sends Canada 20,000 tulip bulbs every year.  Learn more here.
  16. And this year, we even have an official Maple Leaf tulip to celebrate our 150th anniversary.  Learn more here.
  17. We have a lot of interesting coins in Canada but maybe the most interesting is a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur coin.
  18. We have a provincial park dedicated to dinosaurs in Alberta, Canada.  Lucky visitors can find fossils on their explorations throughout the Dinosaur Provincial Park.  Learn more here.
  19. Plenty of dinosaurs have been named after Canadian places or people.  For example, Albertosaurus, Edmontosaurus, Columbosauripus, and Lambeosaurus.  Learn more here.
  20. The largest dinosaur bonebed ever recorded was is located near Medicine Hat, Alberta.  Learn more here.
  21. We eat 55% more Kraft Dinner than Americans, where it is called Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.  Learn more here.
  22. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development declared Canada the most educated country in the world in 2012 but by 2014 we had slipped to 2nd behind the Russian Federation.  Learn more here.
  23. Canadian Sam Panapoulus claims to have invented to Hawaiian pizza in Chatham, Ontario.  There is some controversy on that though, with a general belief in Italy that Hawaiian pizza is a German invention.  Learn more here, here, and here.
  24. You can take a course on the History of Hawaiian pizza at the University of British Columbia.  Learn more here.
  25. Maple syrup is so important to us that we have a strategic maple syrup reserve.  Learn more here.
  26. Alberta claims to be the only Norway rat free region in Canada thanks to a government rat control program since the 1950s.  Learn more here.
  27. Think a university course on the history of Hawaiian pizza is unique?  The University of Victoria offers a physical education course on the Science of Batman.  Learn more here and here.
  28. Jason Kenney, then the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration made Santa Claus a Canadian citizen in 2008.  Learn more here and here.
  29. There is a town in Newfoundland called Dildo, and it has refused to changed its name.  Learn more here and here.
  30. Other strange place names in Canada include Ball’s Falls, Swastika, and Punkeydoodles Corners, Ontario; Bacon Cove, Newfoundland, and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Alberta, among others.  Learn more here.
  31. The border between Canada and the United States, at 8,891 km is the longest international border in the world and is entirely undefended.  Learn more here.
  32. Children living in British Columbia staged province wide protests when the price of chocolate bars went from 5 cents to 8 cents in 1947.  Their protests included storming the Legislature in Victoria to demand a reduction in the price of the candy.  Learn more here.
  33. Trick or treat is a Canada phrase.  Learn more here.
  34. Wasaga Beach in Ontario, at 14 km long, is the world’s largest freshwater beach.  Learn more here.
  35. Not only do we have the longest beach, we have the highest tides – in the Fundy Bay.  The difference between high and low tide can be as much as 16.3 metres.  Learn more here.
  36. Canada is generally known as a cold country but the highest temperature recorded in Canada was 45.0C in 1945 in Yellow Grass and Midale, Saskatchewan.  The coldest temperature recorded in Canada was -63C in 1947 at Snag, Yukon.  Learn more here.
  37. Canada has 202,080 kilometres of coastline, the longest in the world.  This is almost 4 times longer than our next closest coastline competitor, Indonesia.  Learn more here.
  38. Canada has almost 9% of the world’s forests, with a whopping 347 million hectares.  Learn more here.
  39. 34 Canadians died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States.  Canada received between 224 and 238 redirected flights carrying 33,000 or more passengers destined for the U.S. when planes were grounded.  37 of those flights with 6,000 passengers aboard were diverted to Gander, a town of only 10,000 who miraculously found food, shelter and supplies for the stranded passengers.  Learn more here.
  40. Montreal, Canada was the world’s second largest French speaking city after Paris, France.  However, Paris has now slipped to 2nd behind Kinshasa, Congo and Montreal has slipped to 4th behind Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.  Learn more here.
  41. The largest non-polar icefield in the world is in Kluane National Park in Yukon.  Learn more here.
  42. Other Guinness records that are owned by Canada, besides the largest non-polar icefield, longest coastline, and longest international border are the world’s longest fruit snack, the longest handshake chain, and the world’s largest Pez dispenser sculpture.
  43. There is a Canadian YouTube sensation, Furious Pete, who likes to challenge world eating records.  He holds at least five Guinness records including most hamburgers eaten in 1 minute and fastest time to eat a 12″ pizza.  Learn more here.
  44. We’re going to be on the Guinness records for a while.  We have a LOT of them.  Sit back relax and learn about some of our many hockey records, including the most gold medals won by both our men’s  Olympic team and our women’s Olympic team and the most ice hockey world championships won by our women.
  45. We’re a winter country so it should not be a surprise that we hold the record for the largest collection of Santa Claus memorabilia, the largest number of people making snow angels, the largest street hockey tournament,  the largest snowball fight, and the largest ice canoeing race.  We’re not all about the winter though, we hold the record for the longest moonwalk and a bit of summer fun with the largest ice cream cake.
  46. The Nature of Things is the longest running TV science documentary.  The largest practical science lesson also occurred in Canada.  We have the shortest TV commercial and the first game show.
  47. There are Guinness tattoo records too and we have at last two of them, for the most bones tattooed on a body and the most insects.
  48. A Canadian film, Swearnet, holds the record for the most expletives.
  49. Many Canadians are of Scottish descent and so it should not be too surprising that we hold records for the largest Highland dance and the largest kilt race.
  50. The tallest Inukshuk ever created was done in Schomberg, Ontario.  It stood at 11.377 metres tall.
  51. The first person to climb the tallest peaks on all seven continents was Canadian Patrick Marrow.
  52. The sharpest object ever created is a tungsten needle created by scientists at the National Institute for Nanotechnology and the University of Alberta.
  53. Did you know that seawater can be aged?  We hold the record for the oldest sea water at several thousand years undisturbed.
  54. Teeny Ted from Turnip Town is the smallest book ever printed, another Canadian Guinness record.  It is 70×100 micrometres and cost $15,000 to produce.
  55.  The highest paid female YouTuber is Canadian Lilly Singh aka !!Superwoman!!.  Learn more here and here.
  56. Eh is a word in Canada.  We don’t care how many dictionaries fail to recognize the word, it’s a word, eh?
  57. So is bunnyhug, Saskatchewanian for hoodie.
  58. Our name is Iroquoian for village, so the legend goes.  6 of our 13 provinces and territories have names that are aboriginal in origin – Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Yukon.
  59. Lists of hundreds, of many, many thousands, of other aboriginal geographic names in Canada can be found here.  In the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, most towns and villages have changed their names back to their original Aboriginal and Inuit names from the names chosen by Europeans, reflecting and reclaiming the culture and language that originally existed in the place.
  60.  Canada has more lakes than all of the other lakes in the world combined.
  61. License plates in the Northwest Territories are shaped like polar bears.
  62. The Atlantic Ocean can freeze, despite common opinion otherwise.  In Newfoundland, people often play hockey on frozen parts of the Atlantic Ocean.  Learn more here.
  63. Not only have we made Santa Claus a citizen but we also answer his mail.  Each year hundreds of thousands of children the world over mail letters to Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H0H0 and those letters are answered by volunteers and signed by Mrs. Claus.
  64. The Mall of America, the largest mall in the United States, is owned by Canadians.
  65. After Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbour, during World War II, Canada declared war on Japan before the Americans.  Learn more here.
  66. We have a phone number.  It’s 1-800-OCanada.  Seriously.
  67. In some parts of Canada, the gravity is lower than any other place on earth.  Lower means that objects would seem lighter than normal, though the mass of the object would always remain the same.
  68. We’ve been invaded by Americans twice, during the Invasion of Quebec and during the War of 1812.  They lost both times.
  69. We placed 3rd in the space race, after Russia and the United States.
  70. We have the 3rd largest oil reserves in the world, after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
  71. The population of Canada is smaller than the population of Tokyo’s metropolitan area.
  72. We have been fighting with Denmark for over 30 years.  We do this by each taking turns visiting an uninhabited island (Hans Island) that we both claim and leaving our flag… along with a bottle of alcohol for the other side.
  73. One of the Articles of Confederation of the U.S. states that if Canada asked to become a state, we would be automatically accepted into statehood.
  74. Concerning in today’s environment, Canadians lead any other country in overstaying U.S. visas.  The estimate is that 93,000 or more Canadians are residing in the United States on expired visas.
  75. We can order a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II for free.  We can also request a free Canadian flag that has flown over Parliament Hill.  The current wait time for a flag is 50 years for a Parliament Hill flag and 63 years for the Peace Tower flag.
  76. Alert in Nunavut is the world’s most northern settlement.
  77. We don’t really want to know this but Canada ties with Russia for average daily temperatures.  At -5.6C,  That’s right, there’s a minus sign there.  Our average daily temperature is in the negative.  Brrrrrrr….
  78. An average of 108 people die each year in Canada due to cold exposure, more than any other natural event.
  79. Canada did not get it’s own flag until 1965.  Prior to that we used the Canadian Red Ensign, composed of the Union Jack and a version of the Canadian Shield.  Learn more here and here.
  80. Some units of the Canadian Armed Forces do not have colours (a unit flag).  When on parade, those units must carry the Canadian flag and the Canadian Forces ensign.
  81. There are rules regarding the flying of the Canadian flag to ensure that it’s dignity is respected.  For example, the flag is never dipped in salute to any person; when flying with other flags it is given a position of honour; and the flag should never be thrown in the trash when it becomes tattered but disposed of in a “dignified” way.  The only flags that are given priority over the Canadian flag are the personal standards of members of the Royal Family and of Her Majesty’s representatives in Canada (the Governor General and Lieutenant Governors).
  82. Superman and Wolverine?  Both bad ass Canadians.
  83. According to Statistics Canada, as of 2011, more than 200 languages were reported in Canada as a mother tongue or home language.
  84. In 1962, in Pincher Creek, Alberta the temperature went from a frigid -19C to a balmy 22C in just one hour, the greatest temperature difference recorded in that time frame.
  85. Hockey is our national winter sport.  Lacrosse is our national summer sport as set out in the National Sports Act of Canada
  86. The Westboro Baptist Church (a well known hate group) and its members are banned from entering the country.
  87. Old Quebec is a reminder of our past – the last fortified city in North America.
  88. Our national anthem, O Canada, was written in 1880 but it was not until 1980, 100 years later, that it was officially adopted.
  89. Our official motto is A Mari Usque Ad Mare, meaning “from sea to sea.”  We’re surrounded by 3 oceans – the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic so maybe the motto ought to be A Mari Usque Ad Mare Ad Mare “from sea to sea to sea.”
  90. The average life expectancy varies among Canadians, as of 2017.  Among the general population, the life expectancy is 79 years for men and 83 years for women. Among the Aboriginal population the Inuit have the lowest projected life expectancy of 64 years for men and 73 years for women. The Métis and First Nations populations have similar life expectancies, at 73-74 years for men and 78-80 years for women. According to Statistics Canada, that gap is closing.
  91. In 2011, Canada adopted the Maple Leaf tartan as a national symbol.  It is green, gold, red and brown, representing the changing maple leaves through Canada’s four seasons.
  92. Commonly known national symbols include the beaver and the maple tree.  Did you know we also have a national horse?  The Canadian horse is a national symbol.
  93. Speaking of horses, the Sable Island horse (a wild breed descended from the Acadian horse) is the only terrestrial mammal to inhabit the Sable Island on the east coast, besides its few inhabitants.
  94. Of the 262 squirrel species in the world, Canada is home to 6 tree species and 16 ground dwelling species of the rodent.
  95. Canada is also home to mountain beavers, which are not true beavers and have no known close relatives.
  96. The pizzly or grizzlor, is a polar bear-grizzly bear hybrid recently found in the wild in northern Canada.  Though many hybrid animals are infertile, in 2010, a second generation pizzly bear was discovered by hunter David Kuptana.
  97. Hurricane Hazel was both Canada’s worst hurricane and Canada’s worst natural disaster, striking Toronto in 1954.  The modern day cost of the storm damage was over $1 billion and left 81 people dead.
  98. Between 10 – 15 people die in avalanches in Canada each year.  The worst avalanche disaster on record is the Roger’s Pass Avalanche in 1910 which claimed the lives of 58 workers who were clearing snow from an earlier avalanche.
  99. The Fog Bowl was a 1962 Grey Cup game between the Hamilton Tiger Cats and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  A very thick fog, which also caused several deaths and a crime wave, rolled in off of Lake Ontario into Toronto.  The fog obscured the game from television audiences and the spectators in the stands, and on field players often could not see the ball.  It was finally called on December 1st to continue the next day with a win to Winnipeg.
  100. The Winnipeg General Strike in 1919 is Canada’s best known general strike and involved approximately 30,000 workers.  Public sector employees, like police and firemen joined the private workers in a show of solidarity that shut Winnipeg down.
  101. The Oka Crisis was a 78 day standoff between members of the Mohawk First Nation, police and Canadian Forces troops.  At issue was the expansion of a golf course into traditional Mohawk lands including a cemetery.  The expansion was ultimately cancelled and the lands purchased by the federal government.  To date, the land has not been transferred to the band.
  102. In 2012, students in Quebec participated in Canada’s longest student strike over increases in tuition fees, among other issues.
  103. In 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.  The first pride celebration was held in Toronto in 1972.  Raids by police on bath houses in 1981, led to the establishment of Gay and Lesbian Pride Day in Toronto that same year.  The day was not endorsed by the City of Toronto for another decade still.  Though Canada has come a long way in achieving equity for the LGBTQ community, it has a long way to go still.
  104. In early 1942, while World War II raged, Canada began interning people of Japanese descent in British Columbia.  They were interned until the war ended and to pay for their internment, their homes and businesses were sold.  An official apology was not made until 1988, along with symbolic redress paid to families and community organizations.
  105. The first RCMP member to die in the line of duty was Sub. Cst. John Nash in 1876.  Since then 237 RCMP members have been added to the honour roll, with the most recent being Cst. Sarah Beckett, killed in an automobile collision in 2016.
  106. The Battle for Normandy was not one battle but began on D-Day June 6, 1944 and ended when German troops were encircled at Falaise in August, 1944.  Canadian troops played a pivotal role during the push to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation.
  107. Canada played the role of “peacemaker” during the Vietnam War.  However, secretly we sided with the Americans in the conflict, despite our public role attempting to negotiate a truce.
  108. The Battle of Vimy Ridge, during WWI, is Canada’s most celebrated military victory The four divisions of the Canadian Corps, fighting together for the first time, attacked the ridge from 9 to 12 April, 1917 and succeeded in capturing it from the German army. More than 10,500 Canadians were killed and wounded in the assault.
  109. Many believe that slavery was not an issue in Canada, due to our role in the Underground Railroad.  But slaves were owned in Canada and the practice was only abolished in 1834 when the Slavery Abolition Act became law.
  110. Canada is a country proud of its acceptance of refugees.  However, policies of exclusion have sometimes made our refugee history dark.  In 1914, 376 primarily Sikh refugees aboard the SS Komagata Maru were not permitted to dock in Vancouver.  After a 2 month stalemate, the ship returned the refugees to India where many were slaughtered on arrival.  Learn more here.
  111. In 1939, Canada also turned away a ship full of Jewish refugees from Europe aboard the SS Saint Louis.  They returned to Europe to face death.  Canada took in only 4,000 Jewish refugees while other nations took significantly more.  This is in contrast to the nearly 70,000 Vietnamese refugees resettled during and after the Vietnam War, a country we were secretly undermining while playing the role of truce negotiator.
  112. While Columbus is often credited with “discovering” the Americas (how does one discover a place already inhabited?), he was not the first European to visit North America.  Vikings settled at L’anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland around 1000 A.D., almost 500 years before Columbus set sail.
  113. The City of Montreal was founded in 1642 by a group of religious mystics from France who were inspired by a vision to build a missionary city in the Canadian wilderness.
  114. 20,000-year-old stone tools and animal bones have been found in caves on the Bluefish River in northern Yukon – the earliest undisputed evidence of human activity in Canada.
  115. Canadians invented/discovered/created: insulin, the telephone, the light bulb, the artificial pacemaker, the Roberson screw, the electric wheelchair, the ski-doo, instant mashed potatoes (so sorry), and the zipper.
  116. We also invented the Java programming language, the self-propelled combine harvester, the snowblower (any surprise there?), the goalie mask, instant replay and Plexiglas.
  117. Ready for more inventions?  Five-pin bowling, the Wonderbra, the BlackBerry, standard time, Bloody Caesars, the Canadarm, poutine, the electron microscope, and radio voice transmission are all Canadian inventions.
  118. Halifax was devastated on December 6, 1917 when two ships, one of them loaded with munitions headed to World War I battlegrounds in Europe, collided.  The explosion was the largest man made explosion until the atomic bomb.  Nearly 2,000 people died and the Mi’kmaq community at Tuft’s Cove was destroyed.
  119. Just five years earlier Halifax would play a critical role when in April, 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk.  Halifax sent three ships to help with the recovery.  In the end only 59 bodies were shipped to families after the disaster and the rest of the recovered remains are buried in a cemetery in Halifax.
  120. Horseshoe Falls, part of Niagara Falls is pretty tall at 57 metres.  But the tallest waterfall in Canada is Della Falls in British Columbia at 440 metres.
  121. The MacKenzie River, in the Northwest Territories is the second longest river in North America, after the Mississippi.  It’s drainage basin in the largest in Canada and its discharge rate is second only to the St. Lawrence River.
  122. You can take a virtual tour from Toronto’s CN tower here.
  123. And you can take a virtual tour of a Canadian federal penitentiary here.
  124. The first letter sent from North America was sent from John Rut of St. John’s, Newfoundland to King Henry VIII.
  125. A black bear cub from Canada named “Winnie” was donated to the London Zoo in 1915.  Winnie became the inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh.
  126. The West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta contains the world’s largest indoor amusement park.
  127. The aboriginal people of eastern Canada tell stories of a giant named Glooscap, who carved out many of the region’s natural features to help him overcome his evil twin brothers. Glooscap is believed to be the inspiration for Paul Bunyan.
  128. The world’s strongest current is found in the Nakwakto Rapids at Slingsby Channel, British Columbia. The current has been measured at speeds up to 18.4 miles per hour.
  129. Iroquoian legend tells of a Sky Woman who fell from her home in the sky and created her home on the back of a turtle, creating the land and world we know today.
  130. Queen’s Park in Toronto is now the home of the Ontario Legislature.  Before that, however, it was a psychiatric hospital.  People have claimed that it is haunted by the spirits of three women who roam the halls, a soldier in a red uniform and another scowling spirit.
  131. Queen’s Park is not our only haunted legend though.  Tranquille Sanatorium near Kamloops, British Columbia was a self-sustaining community opened to treat TB patients in the early part of the 20th century.  Today, people claim to see glowing orbs and paranormal activity in the area.
  132. In Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia people have reported a woman in a blue dress ready to throw herself into the sea.
  133. Mount Fidelity, in Glacier National Park, British Columbia sees the highest average snowfall in Canada at  13.88 metres annually.
  134. Yes, many of us get our milk in bags and you can thank the metric system for that.
  135. The Guinness World Record for the largest igloo goes to… Switzerland.  What?  We can’t possibly win them all.  Despite Switzerland’s record, the igloo is a well-known symbol of Canada’s north and its original people.  Traditionally used as temporary shelter, igloos are well designed to keep their inhabitants warm, safe and dry in harsh winter climates.  An experienced Inuit builder can build one of these shelters in 20 to 30 minutes.
  136. Canada has it’s share of weird laws.  For example, it is illegal to whistle in Petrolia, Ontario.
  137. You can’t just move liquor anywhere you want to.  To cross provincial borders, except for limited amounts for personal consumption, there are strict rules that usually require the permission of provincial liquor boards.
  138. The only noise makers you can attach to your bicycle in Sudbury, Ontario are bells and horns.  So kids, leave the playing cards, whistles and sirens at home.
  139. Expedia and Reader’s Digest, travel blogs and websites will tell you that you cannot skinny dip in Bancroft, Ontario.  We weren’t able to find the bylaw in a quick search so this may be more legend than truth.
  140. Under Canada’s Currency Act, a shop owner or vendor can limit the number of coins you use to pay for a transaction, within limits.
  141. Cab drivers and t-shirts cannot mix in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  142. Souris, Prince Edward Island, sets limits on snowman height if you live on a corner lot.
  143. The Criminal Code of Canada says “Everyone commits an offence who… (b) makes, prints, publishes, distributes, sells or has in his possession for the purpose of publication, distribution or circulation a crime comic.”  So… comic writers, no crime for you!
  144. The largest land mammal in North America is the wood bison, found in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Manitoba.
  145. The pronghorn antelope is North America’s fastest land animal.  It is found in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan.
  146. Canada is also home to the fastest bird in the world, the peregrine falcon.
  147. The world’s smallest seabird, the Arctic tern, summers in northern Canada.  It’s migration is also the longest in the world at 40,000 km to and from it’s summer home in Antarctica.
  148. The smallest mammal in the Americas also makes Canada its home.  Found in eastern Canada, the pygmy shrew weighs just over 12 grams.
  149. Raccoons are common through North America.  The word comes from the Algonquian word arukan, meaning “he who scratches with his hand.”
  150. White Wilderness is a Disney film that was filmed in Canada.  Producers of the documentary herded lemmings which they had purchased off a cliff and into the water of the Bow River, claiming in the film that lemmings periodically commit mass suicide in this way having mistaken the Arctic Ocean (which is nowhere near the Bow) for a lake.  Lemmings are neither native to the Bow River nor do they hurl themselves into the Arctic Ocean but because of the film, that misunderstanding existed for years.

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