Canada Day is just around the corner, which means a long weekend for most of you out there (and just in time, too). If you’re in the Vancouver area, Monday is looking to be a beautiful sunny day, too. We thought we’d try something different this time around, so we’ve decided to hit you with some Canada Day trivia.
Feel free to distribute to your friends and coworkers around the office and, who knows, you might learn a thing or two!
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1. Canada Day used to be called:
a) It’s always been Canada Day
b) Flag Day
c) Dominion Day
d) British North America Day
2. Canada confederated on:
a) July 1, 1982
b) July 4, 1867
c) July 1, 1867
d) July 4, 1892
3) Which of the following were not provinces of Canada at Confederation?
b) Nova Scotia
c) New Brunswick
4) Which Act of British Parliament made Canada a dominion?
5) Which Canadian Prime Minister oversaw the repatriation of the act that made Canada a country?
a) Stephen Harper
b) John A. Macdonald
c) William Mackenzie King
d) Pierre Elliot Trudeau
e) John “Dief the Chief” Diefenbaker
6) What is the name of the act that made Canada an independent country in 1982?
a) The Dominion Act
b) The Repatriation Act
c) The Canada Act
d) The Canada Day Act
7) In 2012, June 30 fell on a Saturday and July 1 fell on a Sunday. What day was Canada Day celebrated?
8) In what year was Canada Day first called Canada Day?
9) In what year did Newfoundland join Canada?
10) Who is the oldest currently living Prime Minister in Canada?
a) Pierre Elliot Trudeau
b) Joe Clark
c) Kim Campbell
d) Brian Mulroney
e) John Turner
11) Which Prime Minister of Canada served the shortest time in office?
a) Kim Campbell
b) John Turner
c) Wilfred Laurier
d) Sir Charles Tupper
e) Sir John Abbott
12) Which of the following Prime Ministers was in office for longer than Stephen Harper has been so far?
a) John Diefenbaker
b) Paul Martin
c) Sir John Abbott
d) Brian Mulroney
e) Lester B. Pearson
13) How many Prime Ministers of Canada did not serve as Prime Minister due to a general election?
14) How many Prime Ministers were never Senators nor Members of Parliament during any part of their tenure?
15) According to the engraving on the Stanley Cup, which hockey team won the cup in 1963?
a) The Stanley Cup
b) The Vancouver Canucks
c) The Toronto Maple Leafs
d) The Toronto Maple Leaes
16) Since 1927, how many Canadian teams have won the Stanley Cup?
17) Since 1927, how many Stanley Cup Champions have there been?
18) Since 1927, how many times have the Toronto Maple Leafs not made the Finals?
19) Since 1927, how many Canadian teams have lost in the Stanley Cup Final?
20) Since 1927, how many Stanley Cup Finals were between two Canadian teams?
21) What is the oldest walled city north of Mexico (that still exists)?
b) Quebec City
e) St. John’s
22) How many oceans border Canada?
23) While Canada is a bilingual country, which is the only officially billingual province?
a) New Brunswick
24) What was Wayne Gretzky’s regular season points-per-game when he retired?
d) 1. 87
25) Of the NHL’s top ten regular season point leaders, how many are Canadian?
26) Finally, in what year did “O, Canada” become our national anthem?
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Here are the answers!
1) c) Canada Day used to be called Dominion Day, until 1982.
2) c) Canada confederated (became a country) on July 1, 1867.
3) d) Newfoundland was not part of Confederation.
4) a) The British North America Act was drafted by Canadians and passed by British Parliament.
5) d) Pierre Elliot Trudeau oversaw the repatriation of the British North America Act.
6) c) Separate from The British North America Act, The Canada Act made Canada a country of its own in 1982.
7) c) In 2012, Canada Day was celebrated on July 2, a Monday.
8) b) The Canada Act — which, among other things, renamed Dominion Day to Canada Day — was passed in October, after Dominion Day of 1982, which means that the first Canada Day was in fact 1983.
9) b) Newfoundland didn’t join Canada until 1949, after WWII (incidentally, Newfoundland was also the only place in North America to be attacked by the Germans during WWII).
10) b) While Joe Clark’s tenure was before that of John Turner’s, John Turner is the oldest living Prime Minister at 84 years of age.
11) d) Sir Charles Tupper served just 68 days in office, having only been in power during an election campaign. He was also the fourth of four prime ministers to serve out the end of John A. Macdonald’s last term after his death.
12) d) Brian Mulroney served as Prime minister for 8 years and 281 days, while Harper has been in office for 7 years and 144 days effective today.
13) a) 7 Prime Ministers of Canada were not elected in a general election. Sir Charles Tupper, Sir John Abbott, Sir Mackenzie Bowell, and Sir John Thompson both served out John A. Macdonald’s term, Arthur Meighen, Kim Campbell, and John Turner served out Sir Robert Borden’s, Brian Mulroney’s, and Pierre Trudeau’s terms, respectively.
Arthur Meighen would take over government and become Prime Minister for a second time after the King-Byng Affair of 1926. Meighen would go on to commit a parliamentary foul on his own, and King would go on to take over the reigns after Meighen’s party was decimated in the following election.
14) 2) 2 Prime Ministers were never Senators nor Members of Parliament during their tenures: John Turner and Sir Charles Tupper.
15) d) The Toronto Maple Leaes are listed as the 1963 Stanley Cup Winners on the cup itself as a typo. Embarrassing.
16) c) 41 Canadian Teams have won the Stanley Cup since 1927 — which means that almost half of all Stanley Cup winning teams are Canadian.
17) c) The Stanley Cup Finals have been held every year since 1927, except for the 2004-2005 season lockout. That makes 86 Stanley Cup winners.
18) c) The Toronto Maple Leafs have played in 19 Stanley Cup Finals since 1927 and have won 11 of them. This means they have not made an appearance in 67 Stanley Cup Finals.
19) b) 42 Canadian teams have lost in the Stanley Cup finals — sometimes to other Canadian teams.
20) c) 8 Stanley Cup Finals were between two Canadian teams since 1927, the most recent being the Calgary Flames (who won) and Montreal Canadians in 1989.
21) b) Quebec City’s Old Town (Vieux-Québec) is actually the only walled-in city north of Mexico, in addition to being the oldest (whose walls still exist).
22) c) From sea to sea to sea, Canada is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Arctic Ocean for a total of 3 oceans.
23) a) New Brunswick is the only province to recognize French and English as its two languages. All provinces still provide services in English and French, however.
24) a) Wayne Gretzky retired having played 1487 games and having racked up 2857 points, giving him the NHL’s best at 1.92. Gretzky is one of two to crack a PPG of 1.5.
25) b) 9 of the NHL’s regular season point leaders are Canadian. The nine are: Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Gordie Howe, Ron Francis, Marcel Dionne, Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux, Joe Sakic, and Phil Esposito. Jaromir Jagr, who is Czech, is both the only non-Canadian and the only currently active player in the top ten.
26) d) “O, Canada” was not made our national anthem until 1980.