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5 world records only Canada could hold


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Canada has no shortage of positive traits that make it a unique and wonderful place to live, but how does it really compare to the rest of the world? For those who suspect that Canada is the cream of the crop, it’s only fair to visit the world’s other 194 countries and make an informed decision. Of course, that may take a while. In the meantime, look no further than the record books to discover all the ways Canada distinguishes itself from the competition. Here are just six of the impressive world records that Canadians call their own.

medal The world’s longest freshwater beach

Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, Ontario
Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, Ontario. Image courtesy of Pixabay.

The best thing about all that coastline? We also have an abundance of beaches! Wasaga Beach, located in Collingwood, Ontario, is the world’s longest freshwater beach at 14 kilometres in length. More than just a refreshing summer destination, this is also a hot (cold, actually) spot for all kinds of winter sports, including snowmobiling and skiing.

medal The world’s longest beaver dam

Google maps - Largest beaver dam in the world
Google Satelite Image of the largest beaver dam located in Wood Buffalo National Park, in northern Alberta. Image courtesy of Google Maps

Recognized as an official emblem of Canada, the beaver is the animal most strongly associated with our country. That may explain why several generations of this species proudly worked overtime to build the longest beaver dam in the world, a structure so big (850 metres) that you can see it from space!

Medal.  The world’s longest coastline

Atlantic ocean off the East Coast.
Canada's east coast, with the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing into shore. Image courtesy of Pixabay.

When it comes to country size, Russia has the slight edge on Canada, but all that space helps us earn another notable distinction: world’s longest coastline — 202,080 kilometres long to be more precise. If you’re looking for water, this is the place to find it!

Medal The world’s largest maple leaf

Maple leaf.
A fresh, green maple leaf still on the branch of the tree. Image courtesy of Pixabay.

No, this record doesn’t refer to a giant hockey player. Back in 2010, a family from Richmond, British Columbia stumbled upon a truly giant leaf (53 centimetres wide and 52 centimetres long) that’s currently the largest of its kind on record. We’re guessing it fell from an especially patriotic maple tree.

medalThe world’s largest ice cream cake

Largest cake, Toronto, Ontario.
Cutting into the world's largest ice cream cake in Toronto, Ontario. Image courtesy of Agent1Lex/YouTube

Giant ice cream cakes aren’t a naturally occurring phenomenon, but they are undeniably delicious. On May 20, 2011, the largest one on record was unveiled in Toronto, weighing in at approximately 10 tonnes. In other words, every Torontonian with a craving for ice cream cake went home happy that day.