On July 1, 1867, three British North American colonies—New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Province of Canada—were united into one country and the nation of Canada was officially born.
In 1994, Melaleuca opened its doors in Canada, and a wonderful partnership has grown over the last 21 years. To Canada, Melaleuca has brought superior wellness products and a one-of-a-kind mission of enhancing lives. And to Melaleuca, Canada has supplied some of the most loyal, enthusiastic customers any company could wish for. To this day, Canada remains the most successful country launch in Melaleuca’s history.
If you’ve never been to Canada, you’re truly missing something special. From the soaring skyscrapers of Toronto’s sparkling skyline to the old-world charm and romantic feel of Victoria, from the glacial fjords of Newfoundland to the vast prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada is nothing short of breathtaking. The land, the people, and the culture are simply beautiful.
To help you enjoy Canada’s 148th birthday, here are 10 fun facts about this incredible country:
• Canada Day was originally called Dominion Day until it was renamed by Act of Parliament in 1982.
• Due to its simple color scheme and design, the National Flag of Canada, also referred to as the Maple Leaf, is considered by many vexillologists (flag experts) to be the world’s most beautiful national flag.
• Canada produces more than 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup (and the vast majority of it comes from a single province: Quebec).
• At 3,855,101 square miles, Canada is the second largest country in the world (Russia is the largest).
• At nearly 5,000 miles, the Trans-Canada Highway across all 10 of Canada’s provinces is one of the world’s longest national highways.
• According to the CIA World Factbook, at 202,080 km, Canada has more coastline than any other country on earth. (In fact, Canada has roughly the same length of coastline as the next five countries combined!)
• Montreal, Quebec, is home to the Just For Laughs comedy festival—the largest comedy festival in the world.
• The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, popularly known as the Mounties, are one of the most iconic and recognizable police forces in the world. This is largely due to their distinctive “Red Serge” dress uniforms with scarlet tunics and light-brown campaign hats.
• “O Canada,” the national anthem of Canada, was originally written in French. The words to the English version, which is now the official version, were written later.
• Move over maple syrup: Canada’s unofficial national dish is poutine—French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds.