We celebrated Canada Day this past weekend. I’ve talked a lot about how proud I am to be Canadian, so I decided to spare you from hearing me blather on about it again. Then I saw this Historica Canada quiz yesterday in Huff Post Canada Weekend Digest and I thought I’d give it a try. I like quizzes anyway and it seemed like fun to see how much I know about this wonderful country I live in — or, conversely, how dumb I am.
I’m relieved to say that out of 30 questions, I only got four wrong. Yeah, yeah, I know. You’re sitting there thinking I should have known them all. Well it turns out I did better than most of the 1002 Canadians who participated in the online survey — 67 per cent of respondents got a failing grade.
Before you judge Canadians too harshly, though, there were some rather offbeat questions. And before you judge me too harshly, let’s see how well you do. NO CHEATING, BY THE WAY. GOOGLING THE RIGHT ANSWERS DOESN’T COUNT. WILD GUESSES ARE FINE.
Just answer true or false. I will share the correct answers in another post. Here ‘ya go:
- The “Jolly Jumper” baby exercise toy is a Canadian invention.
- The first patent for artificial fur stemmed from Canadian efforts to develop better Arctic clothing for the military during the Second World War.
- In 2007, The Royal Canadian Mint produced the world’s first million-dollar coin.
- The first hot air balloon flight in North America was during the War of 1812, when British troops based near Kingston, Ontario used the balloons for observation.
- Governor General Julie Payette was the first Canadian to board the International Space Station.
- The first internet search engine, Archie (Archive without the V), was created by a graduate student at McGill University.
- Shania Twain’s Come on Over is the best-selling Canadian album of all time.
- The official phone number for Canada is 1-800-O-Canada.
- Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier designed the Maple Leaf flag, which became the flag of Canada in 1900 to mark the new century.
- The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal is the largest jazz festival in the world according to Guiness World Records.
- Anne of Green Gables has been translated into 20+ languages but is especially popular in Japan where it became part of the public school curriculum in 1952.
- North America’s first recorded instance of dressing in disguise on Halloween was in Vancouver in 1898.
- Lacrosse was originally an Indigenous game used to keep warriors in fighting shape.
- Pitcher Fergie Jenkins is the only Canadian-born player to be elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
- Canadian Clara Hughes is the only athlete to win multiple medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
- The Canadian men’s soccer team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup.
- Dr. James Naismith, the Canadian inventor of basketball, presented the Canadian men’s team with their silver medal at the 1936 Olympics, the first Olympic Games to feature basketball.
- The first eight Women’s World Hockey Championship tournaments were won by Canada.
- More people live in Canada’s smallest province (PEI) than Canada’s largest territory (Nunavut).
- Canada established the world’s first national parks service in 1911 (now Parks Canada).
- The highest tides in the world occur in the Bay of Fundy, between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
- Canada is one of only three countries where you can view the northern lights, along with Norway and Iceland.
- At more than 82,000 square kilometres, Lake Superior is considered the largest freshwater lake in the world, roughly the size of Austria.
- During the First World War, residents of Berlin, Ontario voted to change the city’s name to Kitchener — beating out 5 other choices including Adanac, or Canada backwards.
- The world’s largest beaver dam, stretching 850 metres, is located in Alberta and can be seen from space.
- A “bunny hug,” another name for a hooded sweatshirt, is a term used in some parts of Canada.
- Winnie the Pooh was inspired by a real bear, named for Winnipeg, who travelled to England from Ontario with a Canadian soldier during the First World War.
- Moose can be found in every province or territory except for PEI.
- Canada has a national horse, appropriately called the Canadian horse.
- The Newfoundland dog became an official symbol of Canada after the governor of Newfoundland gifted one to PM Louis St Laurent to celebrate Newfoundland joining Canada.
Happy Birthday Canada!