Basically the epitome of Canadian music. Neil Young has had an
illustrious career that has lasted over 40 years and is still
Even though Canadians tend to have a love-hate relationship with
this home grown rock group, their international success can't be
denied. Selling over 35 million records kind of speaks for
Trio of Women
Canada has a legendary list of successful female performers.
Among the best are Celien Dion, Shania Twain and Sarah
McLaughlin who, combined, have sold over 320 million records.
The Sudbury Ontario native put Canada on the map by hosting the
hit trivia series Jeopardy for 27 years.
Montreal's infamous indie outfit won a Grammy and a Juno this
These musical revolutionists formed an entirely new genre of
music known as "screamo". They also spawned the internationally
acclaimed singer/songwriter Dallas Green (City and Colour).
Though this comedian-turned-actor currently resides in America,
he is a Canadian at heart.
No S#!@ Sherlock
Ontario-born Rachel McAdams is reprising her role as the lead
female character in the upcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel.
William Shatner of Montreal, Quebec commanded the Starship
Enterprise in Star Trek as a major part of his 50-years plus in
front of the camera.
Gord Downie and the boys from Kingston, Ontario have received a
seemingly endless list of national and international awards that
includes 14 Junos.
Stratford, Ontario's Justin Bieber cracked Time Magazine's 100
most influential people this year. He was after all the first
artist in history to have seven tracks from a debut album top
The Guess Who is one of the biggest internationally renowned
Canadian bands for hits such as "American Women" and "These
This Canadian groomed comedian is known for his blockbuster hits
like Superbart, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and The
This infamous Canadian author received a star on Canada's Walk
of Fame this year.
Emerging from our Nation's capital Margaret Atwood has become
one of the most honoured authors in history.
Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds was recently cast as the latest
star for a superhero blockbuster - The Green Lantern.
Blink-182's official music video for their hit "First Date" was
filmed in Vancouver. It has almost 14 million views on YouTube.
This Canadian political satirist's hit TV show, Talking to
American's, was the highest rated comedy special in the history
of the CBC Television with 2.7 million viewers.
Cirque du Soleil
Renowned for its internationally touring performing arts show.
Cirque du Soleil originated in Montreal, Quebec.
This Canadian cartoonist is the mastermind behind the fantasy
series called Spawn.
This Canadian Rock and Roll trio is known for its complex
compositions, its lyrical mastership and being on the cover of
issue 43 of Chill Magazine. Yeah, we went there.
The Day After
Tomorrow: Filmed in Montreal, Quebec. The Day After Tomorrow is
currently history's highest grossing Hollywood film that was
filmed in Canada.
The Coolest Game on Earth
Though a direct derivative of stick and ball field sports, the
first game of ice hockey was played in Canada, by Canadians.
James Naismith invented the sport of basketball in 1891 using
two peach baskets and a soccer ball.
Our national summer sport is believed to have originated in
Canada sometime in the 5th century.
Five-pin bowling is a variation of regular bowling ands it is
only played in Canada.
Sid The Kid
Sidney Crosby is the youngest player to ever hit 100 points in
the NHL's regular season. He did so at 18 years of age.
This Canadian b-baller is the first and only Canadian to ever
win the NBA MVP Award. He did so twice consecutively in 2005 and
This Canadian right-winger scored the most historic goal in
hockey history giving Canada the win over Russia in the 1972
The Great One
Upon his retirement in 1999, Wayne Gretzky held 40 NHL Regular
Season records, 15 Playoff records and six All-Star Game
records. He still remains the only player to ever topple 220
points in a single season - something he did four times.
Strapped for cash, Don Munro got creative in his Christmas gift
giving as he turned his wife's ironing board into the first ever
table hockey board.
Over and Over
CBC Producer George Retzlaff made in-game bathroom breaks easier
with his creation of instant replay.
This tough-as-nails Nashville Predator is the first and
currently only Inuit hockey player to play in the NHL.
on Foxcroft's pealess whistle was the first to produce
stadium-quality decibels and is currently the officlal whistle
of Olymics, the World Cup of Soccer, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL,
Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadians was the first NHL
goalie to don a mask.
Donald S. Cherry
This suit-a-day television personality has been capturing
the hearts of hockey fans since his show, Coach's Corner, first
aired in the early 80's.
While playing first base with the Cincinnati Reds last season,
Joey Votto was named to the MLB All-Star Game, was chosen as the
National League MVP and was awarded both the Hank Aaron Award
and the Lon Marsh Trophy.
Martin Brodeur is the only goalie in NHL history to hit 600
Adam van Koeverden
Growing up on the lakeshore of Oakville, Ontario turned out to
be extremely beneficial for Adam van Koeverden's kayyaking
career, as he went on to make his country proud by winning a
gold medal in the Olympics in 2004.
This year Calgery Flames captain Jarome Iginia became only the
10th player in NHL history to score 30 goals in 10 or more
The Lord Stanley of Preston, who was the Governor General of
Canada at the time, donated this legendary trophy to the NHL in
The Good Ol' Hockey Game
This famous hockey ditty was written and performed by Canadian
country star, Stompin' Tom Connors.
This delicious pancake and waffle topper was originally
harvested in Canada.
This popular menu item is exclusive to Canada.. for now.
No, not the movie. We're talking peameal bacon. This brimed and
coated back bacon is a favourite Canadian addition to any meal.
The earliest known recipe for butter tarts originated in Ontario
way back in 1915.
John McLaughlin, a Canadian chemist and pharmacist, is the proud
creator of the world's favourite brand of ginger ale - Canada
Canadian born James L. Kraft is famous for founding the food
industry giant that we all know and love - Kraft Foods.
Montreal's internationally acclaimed smoked meat is the epitone
of Canadian savoury foods.
Alberta is the largest cattle producer in Canada and the fourth
largest in North America, just behind Nebraska, Kansas and
Mabel Jenkins of Vancouver Island submitted the recipe for these
desset bars to a local women's cookbook in 1950.
In 2008 U.S. President Barack Obama came to see what these fried
dough pastries were all about. Needless to say, he liked it, a
This tough on food and grease spray originally surfaced in
Apple A Day
McIntosh apples were the find of an old Canadian farm owner
named Johnny Appleseed. Just kidding, his name was John
Canada is known for originally implementing the use of canola
oil - one of the healthiest oils around because of its low
Ketchup - arguably the only flavoured seasoning that makes sense
on a fried potato chip - in a flavour exclusive to Canada.
The Canadian village of Tide Head, New Brunswick, bills itself
as the "Fiddiehead Capital of the world."
Alberta-based inventor Larry Wang created the access bar - a
tasty sack, designed to help people burn fat.
In Canada, our beloved Tim Horton's holds 76 percent of the
market for baked goods and 67 percent of the market for coffee,
while Starbucks, who commands the second highest percentage,
sits at a measly 7 percent.
We Canadians love our video games. Recognized as a global leader
in video game design and development, our gaming sector has
penetrated more than $2 billion in economic activity in each of
the past three years.
In the early 1800's pirates known as "Sly Man" opened taverns on
Canadian land under a similar moniker. Today they still exist as
one of Canada's most storied breweries, known for supplying beer
to the likes of Al Capone during prohibition. Hmmm we wonder
what brewery that could be?
Rogers Canada currently has a total equity if over #20 billion.
The Royal Bank of Canada cracked the Forbes global list of
biggest companies for its market value of $87.2 billion.
Ranked as one of Canada's largest publicly traded companies.
Canadian Tire proudly employs 60,000 Canadians.
It was Canada's invention of green ink that is ironically used
to create American currency.
Shopper's Drug Mart
With 1,148 stores scattered around the country, Shopper's is
Canada's largest pharmacy chain.
This airline giant takes in $10 billion annually in passenger
This film exhibitor is the largest in Canada and owns, leases or
has a joint-venture interest in 130 theatres with 1,352 screens.
The Name's Bond-ar
Roberta Bondar of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, was the world'sfirst
neurologist in outer space and Canada's first female astronaut
Wilfred Bigelow, a famous heart surgeon from Brandon, Manitoba,
is known for inventing the pacemaker alongside fellow Canadian,
Banting and Best
These infamous Canadian scientists are known by Diabetes
sufferers across the world for their helpful creation of
This Canadian inventor came up with the CPR dummies that are
used to train people on how to properly perform the life-saving
Imants Lauks, a Canadian doctor, invented the silicon chip blood
analyzer in 1986.
Newfoundland born Cluny Macpherson was a famous medical doctor
who came up with the original gas mask.
Harold Elfont Johns was a Canadian medical physician noted for
his Cobalt-80 "Bomb" - a relatively effective, cheap, fast and
powerful method of destroying cancer cells.
This 20th Century Hamiltonian designed the first electric
Hillier & Prebus
As post-grad-classmates, James Hillier and Arthur Prebus
developed the first ever high-resolution electron microscope.
John E. Dick was an award-winning Canadian scientist who is
credited with first distinguishing differences among cancer
cells. His findings thrust cancer research in an all new
Bain of Existence
Dr Barbara Bain drove the success rate of bone marrow
transplants through the roof with her invention of the
Harold Humphrey invented the polypump liquid dispenser to have
easier access to hand soap and sanitizer.
The first successful lung transplant ever took place in Toronto,
Lamivudine, also known as 3TC, was created by a couple of
Canadian pharmacologists. This is the most common medicine used
to tret Hepatitis B and HIV.
It was a Canadian medical scientist by the name of Helmut Lucas
who invented the first electric prosthetic hand.
After immigrating to Canada, Alexander Graham Bell's extensive
studies in speech and sound lead him to inventing the first
practical telephone. His legacy lives on via Bell Canada.
In over 50 NASA missions, Canada's massive mechanical arm has
never malfunctioned. Taklk about an out-of-this-world invention.
Canadian telecommunications giant, Research In Motion, is best
known for developing the legendary BlackBerry smartphone device.
James Gosling is the Canadian software developer best known for
his invention of the Java programming language.
Hugh Le Caine, a Canadian physicist and composer, used his
studies in electronic sound generation to create the world's
Warren Marrison, a Canadian telecommunications engineer,
developed the very first quartz crystal-powered clock.
During the second World War, Donald Hings, a Canadian inventor,
established the first set of walkie-talkies.
Thomas Ahearn was a Canadian inventor and businessman who led
the charge in inventing the electric oven.
Canadian chemical engineer, Lewis Urry, invented both the
alkaline and lithium batteries.
Henry Woodward, was a major pioneer in the production of the
first incandescent light bulb.
Frederick Creed was a Canadian inventor who created the
typewriter style device required for customizing Morse code.
Canadian born Reginald A. Fessenden invented the Fathometer in
1918. Today, anglers use this device under a different name -
the fish finder.
This in-your-face motion picture film format was created by the
Canadian IMAX Corporation.
Arthur Williams McCurdy, a Canadian inventor and
businessman, foolishly sold his patent for portable film
development to America's Eastmsn Kodak.
Key Frame Animation
A couple of Canadian scientists created key frame animation,
collecting an Academy Award for their invention.
William Stephenson, a Canadian soldier, created the first device
capable o sending pictures via telegraph or telephone.
Holmes on Homes
Mike Holmes of Halton Hills, Ontario, is a world-renowned
handyman for his hit HGTV series, Holmes on Homes.
Canadian industralist Peter Robertson coined the original
George Cluthe showed up Peter Robertson by lightening the load
of Canadian toolboxes with his handy invention known as the
interchangeable screwdriver head.
Imagine completing a paint job without a roller. no thanks.
Manitoba from Norman Breakey made life easy with this practical
Allan Dove hit the nail on the head when he invented the first
Green Garbage Bag
Both the original green garbage bag and the modern biodegradable
versions were developed in Canada by Canadians.
The lawn sprinkler is a Canadian invention that was developed in
Joseph Armand Bombardier, a Quebec native, is the proud inventor
of the Skidoo.
Arthur Sicard made clearing the driveway of snow much easier
with his creative invention of the snow blower.
This combustable hydrocarbon liquid was patented by Abraham
Gesner of Nova Scotia. Gesner is now known as the "Father of The
In 1854, Samuel McKeen of Nova Scotia designed the earliest
version of the odometer. His was attached to the side of a
carriage and measured the miles with the turning of the wheel.
The Real McCoy
Elijah McCoy was a Canadian inventor that developed the
automatic oil cup.
It was Canadian Ben Gulak that invented this electric-powered
The Avro Canada C102 was the first commercial jet airliner ever
produced, but the second to ever fly. The U.K.'s de Haviland DH
106 Comet beat it to the air by 13 days.
It was Canadian George Dorey who made it possible for trains to
stop with his creation of the railway car break.
Right Side of the Road
In 1930, John D. Miller, an engineer working for the Ontario
Department of Transport, thought up the idea of painting lines
John Patch of Nova Scotia invented the first marine screw
Home to about a 2,600-foot wide stretch of waterfalls, this city
is one of the major tourist attractions of the world.
Canadian inventor Charles H. Coll is credited with the original
creation of insect repellent.
Birch Bark Canoes
These trusty Canadian vessels have stayed afloat for centuries.
The tallest tower in the entire western hemisphere calls
Toronto, Ontario home. It is one of Canada's most visited
British Columbia's beautiful Rocky Mountains bring out
sightseers from the four corners of the world.
The Dinosaur Provincial Park is a World Heritage Site located
just outside of Calgery, Alberta and is one of the world's
richest dinosaur fossil locales.
The Great Lakes
These lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes on the
entire Earth in total surface and volume.
Canadians can lay claim to creating the best fashion accessory
ever. The Wonderbra.
This infamous yoga apparel company began in Vancouver.
These international denim giants began making their patented
jeans in Montreal, Quebec.
Gideon Sundback made getting in and out of your trousers a
little easier with his invention of the zipper.
Pamela Anderson, former Baywatch star and current vegan
activist, is a proud representative of People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA)
This determined cancer patient embarked on a nation-wide
one-legged jog to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
Today, he lives on through the globally annual Terry Fox Run.
Free The Children
This international charity and youth movement was created in
1995 by Craig Kielburger - a naive of Toronto, Ontario.
Michael J. Fox
Suffering from Parkinson's disease since 1991, this Back To The
Future star basically abandoned his acting career to pursue a
cure for the degenerative disorder.
This Japanese Canadian is renowned around the planet for his
vast activism with climate change.
Sir Sandford Flemming was a Canadian engineer known for
proposing the worldwide standard time zones.
This bouncy Canadian invention kept babies smiling (and barfing)
This multi-platform video game series was developed by Ubisoft
Montreal. The series has sold over 28 million units.
It's in The Game
EA Canada is the proud developer of the NHI series and has been
producing the video game annually since 1991.
Nova Scotia's Charles Fenerty developed the wood pulp process
for making newsprint.
Polymerized Methyl Methacrylate was invented by William Chalmers
This classic board game was both invented and first played in
The first stem-powered foghorn was invented by Robert Foulis in
Saint John, New Brunswick.
The first anti-gravity suits were developed by a team led by
Wilbur R. Franks at the University of Toronto's Banting and Best
Medical Institute in 1941.
Neil Harpham invented the highly reflective safety paint used to
illuminate the street lines at night.
Retractable Carton Handle
Canadian inventor Steve Pasjack created this nifty handle on
pop, juice and beer cases today.
Norm Rolston helped our Grandparents get around a little easier
when he patented the able walker in 1986.
Canadians earn more than Americans
In 2007 Canada had a median household income of $66,550 whereas
America comes in at $52,175.
Poverty comparison Canada v America
Canada has a poverty rate of 15.5 percent against America with
Life Expectancy comparison Canada v America
Life expectancy in Canada is 81.2 years and in America 78.1
Health Care Expenditure comparison Canada v
Canada spends 10% of its GDP on Health Care whereas America
Homicide Rate comparison Canada v America
Canada's homicide rate is 1.8 per 100,000 against America at 5.5
Divorce Rate comparison Canada v America
Canada has a divorce rate of 38% in 2004 against America with
1497. John Cabot, a curious Italian man
sailing under the commission of England, lands in Newfoundland.
This is considered the first real occurrence of organized
European colonization in Canada.
1918. Canadian women were given the right
to vote on a federal level. We were one of the first countries
to commence the abolition of women's suffrage.
1980. O Canada becomes the official
national anthem of Canada.
2013. Canada's population hits the 35
1867. Confederation was passed and Canada
officially became its own country.
2005. Same-sex marriage is legalized in
Canada, making us the first country in the Americas to permit it
and only the fourth on Earth.
1975. The Beaver becomes the official
animal of Canada.
1917. Canada takes part and wins The
Battle of Vimy Ridge. This was the first occasion that a purely
Canadian Expeditionary Force participated in a war, so it's said
that much of our national identity was born out of the battle.
1999. Nunavut becomes the newest Canadian
territory, shaping the Canadian geographical map we know today.
1670. The Hudson's Bay Company was formed
as a means of trading fur. Today, it's the oldest commercial
corporation in North America and one of the oldest in the world.
1972. The Anik A-1 satellite launch put
Canada on the map for being the first country to deploy a
geostationary satellite that wasn't used for military
communications. The Anik A-1 brought Canadians 12 nationally
broadcast television channels, and allowed people in northern
Canada to watch CBC for the first time.
1965. Canada adopts the red and white
maple leaf as its official flag.
1896. Canada becomes home to one of the
largest gold rushes ever recorded, the Klondike Gold Rush, which
took place in the Yukon.
1920. Canada's most trusted law
enforcement agency, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police was
1910. Sir Wilfred Laurier creates
Canada's Navy after passing the National Service Bill.
1915. Canadian Lieutenant General John
McCrae wrote the poem, In Flanders Fields. It is recognized
worldwide as one of the most iconic war poems to have even been
written. It is recited annually on Rememberance Day.
1785. The University of New Brunswick
opens its storied doors, and becomes the oldest English-speaking
university in the country.
1985. The Alberta-based Royal Tyrell
Museum opened its doors, and quickly gained a reputation for
being one of the gratest dinosaur museums on the planet. Today,
it has over 140,000 specimens.
1964. The first Tim Hortons opens in
1885. The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)
drives its last spike into the earth, completing its track.
Today, their track spans approximately 22,500 kilometers, and it
runs throughout Canada and into the States.
1960. Prime Minister John Diefenbaker
passes the Bill of Rights, giving Canadians the freedom of
speech, the freedom of religion, equality rights, and more.
1867. Sir John A MacDonald, a huge
proponent of Confederation, becomes the first Prime Minister of
1959. Lew Urry, a Canadian chemical
engineer, patented the alkaline battery under the brand Eveready
Batteries. They've since changed their name to Energizer.
1910. Hailing from Baddeck, Nova Scotia,
John A.D. Mcurdy becomes the first Canadian to receive a pilot's
1927. Canadian-born Warren Marrison
invents the first quartz clock, a time-telling technology we
still use today.
at a glance 2011
AN interesting publication from Statistics Canada in pdf format.
The Average Canadian
A look at the average Canadian as per MacLean's Magazine in June
Five thousands Facts about
How others see us
The BBC has a Canada Direct section where they are exploring
Canada and the Canadians and makes a good read. [External Link]