Canadian Superlatives

Person measuringThe total length of the Canada/U.S. boundary is 8,890 kilometres.

Canada’s largest and one of the world’s greatest earthquake, was August 22, 1949, just off the Queen Charlotte Islands. The magnitude was a whopping 8.1 — it was definitely felt for miles around!

But the most destructive earthquake in Canada was on November 18, 1929, in the Atlantic Ocean, just south of Newfoundland. It was a 7.2 magnitude. 27 people drowned and so much damage done by
a tsunami on the Burin Peninsula, just off the island of Newfoundland.

Canada has the world’s longest coastline at 202,080 kilometres.

I’m not sure this is something to be proud of or not, but the fastest-built highway is the Alaska Highway. It runs from Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Fairbanks, Alaska.

The last two people executed in Canada were Ronald Turpin, 29, and Arthur Lucas, 54, convicted in separate murders, at 12:02 am on December 11, 1962, at the Don Jail in Toronto.

The last woman to be hanged in Canada was Marguerite Pitre on January 9, 1953, for her part in the Albert Guay affair.

Hanging was the only form of capital punishment ever used in Canada.

In 1976, capital punishment for murder was removed from Canada’s Criminal Code, although it could have been used under the National Defence Act until 1998.

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For some great Canadian quizzes, I highly recommend Historica.

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