Canada: 40 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

We already brought you part one of our list of 40 things you didn’t know about Canada, and now we’re back with part two! Check out 10 more fascinating facts about our Northern neighbor that you definitely (probably) didn’t know below, and stay tuned for parts three and four, coming soon!

Number Thirty: It Has Overpasses Built Exclusively for Animals. It’s true! There are highways in Canada’s Banff National Park that include overpasses built for bears, cougars, moose, wolverine, and more.

Number Twenty-Nine: It’s Home to the Polar Bear Swim. Every year, Canadians gather in Vancouver to dive into the English Bay. No, they don’t do this in the summer months – they do it on New Year’s Day.

Number Twenty-Eight: It Has a Loch Ness Monster. Canada is home to Okanagan Lake, where a creature similar to the Loch Ness monster has been rumored to be living since the 19th century. Like the Loch Ness monster, the creature’s existence has never been officially confirmed.

Number Twenty-Seven: It Has Two Olympic Records. Canada holds two Olympic records: it has has won more gold medals in a winter Olympics than any other country, and it has also won more gold medals as a host country than any other host country in the winter Olympics. Both of these records were accomplished in Vancouver in 2010.

Number Twenty-Six: It’s Home to a Comic Book Hero. You might be familiar with the X-Men‘s Wolverine, but did you know he’s from Canada? Well, now you do.

Number Twenty-Five: It’s Also Home to the First Viking Settlement. The Vikings settled in Canada in 1,000 A.D.!

Number Twenty-Four: It Has a Form of Currency Called the “Loonie.” The loonie is another word for Canada’s $1 coin. The coin features a loon (a native bird) on one side and Queen Elizabeth on the other.

Number Twenty-Three: Montreal Is the Second-Largest French-Speaking Country in the World. After Paris, France, of course.

Number Twenty-Two: It Helped Free Slaves. From 1840 to 1860, the underground railroad connected the United States to Canada so that slaves who escaped could get to Canada and be free.

Number Twenty-One: It Invented Basketball. Basketball was invented by James Naismith in 1891. Naismith was – you guessed it – a Canadian. Stay tuned for parts three and four of our list of 40 things you didn’t know about Canada, coming soon!