Guinness World Records was created in 1955 to recognize human achievements as well as extremes in the natural world. These are just some of the Guinness Book of World Records made by Canadians. O Canada!
ABOUT THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS
The book is published annually in over 100 countries in 23 languages.
Guinness World Records is widely recognized as the world’s authority in the verification of world records.
SMALLEST NATIONAL FLAG
In 2016, the Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo, Ontario created the world’s smallest national flag.
The flag which measures 0.697 square micrometers, was created by oxidizing a bare silicon wafer in a tube furnace. It’s so small that you won’t be able to see it without using a electron microscope!
The Institute for Quantum Computing created the flag for Canada’s 150th anniversary.
LARGEST HUMAN MAPLE LEAF
In 2015, a group of 1,589 Canadians gathered in North Vancouver, British Columbia to form the world’s largest human maple leaf.
HEAVIEST AIRCRAFT PULLED BY A MAN
In 2009, Kevin Fast set a world record for pulling a CC-177 Globemaster III for a distance of 8.8 metres.
The aircraft weighed 188.83 tonnes, and he pulled it for 1 minute and 16 seconds.
Fast also holds 10 other records, mostly pulling heavy stuff.
LARGEST SCAVENGER HUNT
More than 3,000 people participated in a record-setting scavenger hunt organized in Ottawa, Ontario.
MOST PEOPLE WOLF HOWLING
803 people gathered at the Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Ontario for what would be a lot of people standing around howling (like a wolf).
LARGEST DOME IGLOO (ICE)
Canada has pretty incredible winters, which why it only makes sense that Canadians would hold the world record for largest dome igloo made of ice.
The igloo was built by ZIPZAG.ca in Grand Falls, New Brunswick using 2,500 ice blocks.
The igloo had an internal diameter of 9.2 metres and was 5.3 metres high.
LARGEST MAPLE LEAF
The largest maple leaf in the world was found by a family on a walk in Richmond, British Columbia.
The leaf was 53 centimetres wide and 52.2 centimetres long.
LONGEST JOURNEY BY WHEELCHAIR
Canadian accessibility advocate Rick Hansen was paralyzed in 1973, but that didn’t stop him from setting a world record for longest journey in a wheelchair.
Hansen travelled 40,075.16 kilometres through 34 countries across four continents in two years.
MOST WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WON BY A COUNTRY
Canada’s national sport is hockey, with Canadian women winning world championships nine times.
BIGGEST USERS OF POO EMOJI (COUNTRY)
Canadians love to use emoji as much as anyone else, but it turns out that their absolute favourite is the poo emoji. Wow!
VISIT THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD MUSEUM AT NIAGARA FALLS
If you’re in the neighbourhood, why not visit the fun for yourself? The Guinness World Record Museum at Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario has fun for kids of all ages.
Click here to find out more.
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