What Do You Really Know About Canada?


By: John Miller

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About This Quiz

You think you know Canada, eh? This enormous country wields immense power and influence in world affairs, but it does so...respectfully. How much do you really know about the land of maple syrup, Canada?

What object is on Canada's national flag?

A big red maple leaf is smack in the middle of Canada's red-and-white flag. When the Winter Olympics roll around, that flag makes it to a lot of podiums.


Who is the prime minister of Canada?

Justin Trudeau is the leader of the Liberal Party, and he's the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada. And he's just 45 years old.


What's the name of Canada's national anthem?

"O, Canada" is the country's official national anthem. It is a love ballad from Celine Dion, and we made that part up.


Which city is the capital of Canada?

Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is situated in the province of Ontario. In terms of population, its the fourth-largest city in all of Canada.


What is NOT one of the official languages of Canada?

There aren't too many Spanish-speaking people in Canada. But there are tons of French-speaking natives, so both English and French are official langauges.


Quebec is famous for which product?

Maple syrup is a prime export from Quebec. More than 75 percent of the world's supply comes from this single province.


The majority of the world's population of ______ lives in Canada.

There are about 25,000 polar bears on Earth, and most of them just love Canada. Just under 16,000 live there.


Which religion is most common in Canada?

With its huge population of people descended from Eastern Europe, Roman Catholicism is Canada's most popular religion. Second most common answer: "non-religious," at about 23 percent.


What is the name of Canada's national police force?

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the national police force. It enforces vital national laws, like those related to immigration.


True or false, is Canada the biggest country in the world?

Canada is the second-largest country on Earth. Its entire surface area encompasses more than 3.8 million square miles.


Which of the following celebrities is NOT a Canadian?

Tom Cruise is from New York. Many world-famous artists and stars are from Canada, including Fox, Dion, Jim Carey, Pamela Anderson and a whole lot more.


Canada is made up of administrative divisions known as _____.

In America, they're called states. In Canada, they are provinces. Some of Canada's provinces feature massive cities, while others have more wildlife than humans.


True or false, so most Canadians live in rural areas?

False. Like the United States, about 80% of Canadians live in urban areas. Some of the biggest cities in North America are in Canada.


Canada has the longest ____ in the world.

Canada is a truly massive country -- only Russia is bigger. And thanks to its watery borders, it has the longest coastline in the world, more than 200,000 kilometers (120,000 miles) worth.


How many provinces are there in Canada?

Canada is made up of 10 provinces and three territories. They are so huge that they sprawl across the Northern Hemisphere.


Where would you find the Canadian city of Vancouver?

Vancouver, a bastion of liberalism on the west coast of Canada, is the biggest city in British Columbia and the third-biggest city in Canada.


What is the most populous city in Canada?

Toronto, with its population of more than 2.7 million, is the biggest city in Canada.


In 1987, Canada replaced its one-dollar bill with what?

Canada decided to do away with the one-dollar bill in 1987. In its place? A coin with a loon (bird) on it. Its nickname is the "loonie."


What's the nickname for Canada's two-dollar coin?

The "loonie" is the one-dollar coin. So it makes since that the two-dollar coin is called the "toonie."


What is Canada's total population?

There are about 35 million people in the world's second-biggest country. By comparison, California's population is 39 million.


What's the unofficial national sport of Canada?

Hockey, of course, is Canada's national sport. Canada has thriving youth leagues that help it cultivate the talent to dominate international play. Lacrosse is the country's official summer sport.


White people make up the vast majority of Canada's population. Which ethnicity is second most common?

There are a lot people with Asian ancestry in Canada. They make up about 14 percent of the total population.


Canada doesn't really have a very big population. How does its economy compare to the rest of the world?

Canadians might be nice, but you're not going to outwork them. The country's advanced economy is the 10th largest in the world.


Which of the following is NOT a PROVINCE of Canada?

The Yukon is a territory, not a province. The other two territories are Northwest Territories and Nunavut.


Canada has a small but potent military. How many military aircraft does Canada have?

Canada's not what you would call a warmongering country. It has just around 420 warplanes. America has about 14,000.


Canada became an independent country in 1867. From which nation did it achieve independence?

In the late 19th century, Britain's once mighty empire was slowly but surely shrinking. Canada peacefully negotiated its independence and has been free ever since.


How much of Canada is covered by forest?

Canada is not lacking in trees, one reason the country has a thriving logging industry. Forests cover about 30 percent of the nation's land.


True or false, is the province of Nova Scotia an island?

Nova Scotia is the Florida of Canada -- it's a big peninsula. It's also the second-most densely populated province, as there are a "whopping" 17 or so inhabitants per square kilometer.


Toronto is a huge Canadian city. Where does it rank compared to all other North American cities?

Toronto is the fourth-biggest city in all of North America. It trails just Los Angeles, Mexico City and New York City.


Winnipeg is the capital of which province?

Winnipeg is both the capitol and biggest city in Manitoba. It's a hub of commerce and transportation that's sometimes called the "Gateway to the West."


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