We’re celebrating a holiday today here in Canada, Victoria Day. The holiday is meant to honor the birthday of Queen Victoria, who by all accounts was a pretty unique lady. She had 9 kids, took over the throne at 18 years old, and had a reign that lasted just shy of 64 years. As a proud Canadian company (with a little bit of time on our hands today), I figured we’d make a blog post dedicated to the great white North.
There are a lot of common stereotypes about Canadians, some true, some not. We have a reputation for being overly polite, apologizing profusely (sorry), and riding our pet Moose to work every day (that one may be a stretch). We also love maple syrup, hockey, and poutine. Here are some fun facts about Canada you may or may not have known:
- We’re mad about hockey – This rumor is 100% true. Some people say we’re born with sticks in our hands and skates on our feet, and that isn’t too far from the truth. Canada is known for producing some of the best and most consistent hockey talent in the world, and is ranked amongst the top countries internationally year in and year out. Of the 6 original NHL teams, two were from Canada (Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens). There are currently 7 professional hockey teams in Canada, and each is arguably the largest sports franchise in their respective cities. To this day, Toronto and Montreal have a reputation for having the most diehard, committed, and loyal fans. That is especially impressive for Toronto, a city that hasn’t brought home a Stanley Cup since 1967. (Sorry to remind you Leafs fans)
- O Canada – Our national anthem, O Canada, was first performed in 1880 in Quebec, a predominantly French speaking province to this day. The anthem was translated to English in 1908, and became the official Canadian national anthem in 1980. The anthem is also in the public domain, so if anyone is interested in creating a unique anthem for Hawk Host based on O Canada, we’d graciously accept.
- Captain Canuck – Most people have heard of (or seen the movies) Captain America, but how about Captain Canuck? He’s our very own comic book superhero, originally created in 1975.
As of 1979, Captain Canuck was the first Canadian comic book distributed throughout the United States. Given the already full and popular comic book market in the US, to have a Canadian comic book in circulation made us all quite proud. There was even a stamp made to honor Captain Canuck. You can read more here if you’re curious about our favorite superhero.
- Geography Time! – Did you know Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories? Canada is also the second largest country by total land mass, with Russia being the only other larger country. Our capital is Ottawa, our most populated city is Toronto, and Canada as a whole has a population of around 34.5 million people. According to Wikipedia, that makes us the 35th most populated country in the world. We may not be the most popular, but we’re definitely not crowded.
- We have awesome wildlife and nature – We’ve got bears, moose, lynx, bison, badgers. bobcats, wolverines, wolves, seals, walrus, whales…and that doesn’t include any fish or birds. Our official flora is the maple leaf (we do love our syrup) and official animal is the Canadian horse, but a lot of people associate us with the beaver. We have 8 mountain ranges, the most popular of which is the Rockies. Canada offers you the ability to hike, ski, surf, boat, and sail. Whatever outdoor activity suits your fancy, you’ll find it here.
Now that you’ve got a quick overview of our country and who we are, why don’t you come visit us, eh? Happy Victoria Day 🙂