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Canada Day 2020: 20 facts and figures to celebrate the big day

Fun facts to help celebrate Canada's big day. Happy 153rd!
It's Canada's 153rd birthday. Enjoy the day with family and friends, and share these fun facts about our fascinating country. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

Happy Canada Day! There's much to celebrate, much to be proud of on this, the country's 153rd anniversary of Confederation. Whatever you do--backyard barbecue or fireworks from afar--enjoy time with family and friends in a socially-distanced fashion. Here's a few things you may not have known about our home and native land.

Things You Didn't Know Were Invented In Canada

Peanut Butter. Originally invented as a source of protein and calories for people with no teeth, peanut butter was first patented in 1884 by a Montreal pharmacist.

Instant Replay: In 1955, Hockey Night in Canada changed forever when a CBC producer used a kinescope to replay parts of an NHL game a few minutes after they occured.

Insulin: This hormone was discovered in 1922 by Canadians Frederick Banting and Charles H. Best. They found that insulin lowered a diabetic dog's blood glucose to normal levels. Within a year, they invented a way to purify insulin, and used it to successfully treat a boy suffering from severe diabetes.

The Caesar cocktail: This savoury mix of clam juice, tomato juice and vodka can be garnished with a stalk of celery, pickled bean or wedge of lime, and is served over 350 million times a year.

Did You Know?

The beaver is Canada's national animal, and it was once proposed that a beaver appear on the redesigned Canadian flag

Canada Day celebrates the British North America Act, which united three colonies into a single country known as Canada.

In 1879, a federal law was passed to make July 1 a statutory holiday, which would be called Dominion Day. On June 20, 1868, Governor General the Viscount Monck issued a royal proclamation asking for Canadians to "celebrate the anniversary of the confederation."

In French-speaking Canada, the holiday is known as Fête du Canada.

Between 60 and 80 per cent of the world’s polar bears live in Canada.

Thirsty? You’re in the right place—Canada is home to more than half of the world’s lakes.

The highest temperature ever recorded in Canada: a balmy 45 C in Midale, Saskatchewan, 1937.

The lowest temperature ever recorded in Canada: -63 C in Snag, Yukon, 1947.

Hold on to your hat! The Canadian Prairies experience an average of 43 tornadoes each year.

At 202,080 km, Canada has the world’s longest coastline. Perfect for long walks on the beach.

Sweet! Over 80% of the world’s maple syrup is from Canada.

Canada’s iconic Hudson’s Bay Company once owned nearly 10% of the earth’s surface.

The USA tried to invade Canada twice, once in 1775 and again during the War of 1812. Both attempts failed.

Canada geese have their own language! They communicate using over 20 distinct sounds.

It was illegal in PEI to sell soft drinks in cans between 1984 and 2008.

Crazy Chinook—In 1962, the temperature in Pincher Creek, Alberta rose from -19 C to 22 C… in less than an hour!