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Canadian Fun Facts for Sing Ontario Sing 2017-2018

Part of this year’s Sing Ontario Sing challenge includes researching and sharing fun facts about Canada. And seeing as the Canadian Guider issue referenced on the Guides Ontario website for this isn’t available online anywhere, I thought I’d make a list to make this process easier.

  1. Canada is the second largest country in the world. The first is Russia.
  2. Ottawa is the second coldest national capital in the world.
  3. The highest tides in the world occur in the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick.
  4. Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world at 243,977 km.
  5. We also share the longest international border of any country with the USA. It is also the world’s longest “unprotected” border.
  6. Montreal is the second largest French speaking city.
  7. The longest highway in the world is the Trans-Canada Highway which is over 7,604 km.
  8. 1/10th of all the forests in the world reside in Canada.
  9. In fact, almost half the country is covered in forest.
  10. Almost 1 in 5 Canadians were born in a different country.
  11. Canada’s population density is only 3 people per square kilometer, making it the country with the 4th lowest density.
  12. The highest mountain in Canada is Mount Logan in the Yukon.
  13. The northernmost permanent settlement in the world is in Canada. It is a Alert, Nunavut.
  14. Ocean Falls, BC is the rainiest place in Canada with an average 330 days of rain per year.
  15. Estevan, Saskatchewan is reportedly the sunniest place in Canada with 2,537 hours of sunshine per year.
  16. 1/5th of Canada’s total land area resides in Nunavut.
  17. Just over 80% of all Canadians live in cities.
  18. The average Canadian is 40 years old.
  19. All letters addressed to Santa Claus are collected and responded to by Canada Post no matter where in the world you send them from.
  20. Areas around Hudson Bay have lower gravity than anywhere else in the world.
  21. Canadians eat 55% more Kraft Dinner than our American counterparts.
  22. Despite becoming a country in 1867, Canada didn’t adopt it’s own flag until almost 100 years later in 1965. Until then, we simply used the Union Flag.
  23. The official Canadian Head of State is Queen Elizabeth II.
  24. Newfoundland refused to join Canada in 1949 until the Canadian government decriminalized the sale of margarine.
  25. Daylight savings time doesn’t exist in Saskatchewan.
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Junior Birdsman

 Up in the air junior birdman,
Up in the air upside down,
Up in the air junior birdman,
Keep your noses off the ground.

When you hear the grand announcement,
that your wings are made of tin,
Then you know that Junior Birdman,
has turned his box tops in.

For it takes:
5 box tops,
4 bottle bottoms,
3 coupons,
2 wrappers,
and one thin dime!

Jack Was Every Inch A Sailor

 Now, ’twas twenty-five or thirty years since Jack first saw the light.
He came into this world of woe one dark and stormy night.
He was born on board his father’s ship as she was lying to,
‘Bout twenty-five or thirty miles south-east of Bacalieu.

Chorus:
Jack was ev’ry inch a sailor,
Five and twenty years a whaler.
Jack was ev’ry inch a sailor;
He was born upon the bright blue sea.

When Jack grew up to be a man, he went to Labrador.
He fished in Indian harbour where his father fished before.
On his returning in the fog, he met a heavy gale,
And Jack was swept into the sea and swallowed by a whale.

Chorus

The whale went straight for Baffin’s Bay ’bout ninety knots an hour,
And ev’ry time he’d blow a spray, he’d send it in a shower.
“Oh, now,” says Jack unto himself, “I must see what he’s about.”
He caught the whale all by the tail and turned him inside out.

Chorus

Squid-Jiggin’ Ground

Oh! this is the place where the fishermen gather,
With oilskins and boots, and Cape Anns battened down.
All sizes of figures with squid lines and jiggers,
They congregate here on the squid jiggin’ ground.

Some are workin’ their jiggers while others are yarnin’,
There’s some standin’ up and some more lyin’ down.
While all kinds of fun, jokes and tricks are begun,
As they wait for the squid on the squid jiggin’ ground.

Holy Smoke! what a bustle; all hands are excited,
It’s a wonder to me that nobody is drowned.
There’s a bustle, confusion, a wonderful hussle;
They’re all jiggin’ squid on the squid jiggin’ ground.

There’s poor Uncle Billy, his whiskers are spattered,
With spots of the squid juice that’s flyin’ around.
One poor little boy got it right in the eye;
But they don’t care a hang on the squid-jiggin’ ground.

Now if you ever feel inclined to go squiddin’,
Leave your white shirts and collars behind in the town.
And if you get cranky without a silk hanky,
You’d better steer clear of the squid jiggin’ ground.

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