O Canada! O Canada Trivia!
This week we’re diving into the history and geography of the Great White North in honor of Canada Day this July 1st. Canada’s history is wide ranging and exciting. From Nova Scotia to British Columbia, this nation is host a diverse population, geography, and history. How much do you know about Canada and how well can you score in this week’s trivia episode. Join host, Brian Rollins for thirty fun and informative questions.
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Hey there. I’m Brian Rollins, your host for the Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia podcast. Each week we bring you thirty trivia questions on a variety of topics. July 1st is Canada Day and we wanted to celebrate the Great White North with questions about the country’s history and geography.
If you’re new here, welcome aboard. You’ll find rules and scorecards at dorkygeekynerdy.com/rules. There are three rounds of questions, each harder than the last. I’ll read you the question and then you’ll have 5 seconds to solve it before I reveal the answer.
All set? Great. Let’s begin.
The Dorky Round
- Canada became a country in what year?
- Canada ranks where in terms of land size?
With nearly 10 million square kilometers, it’s the second biggest country. Only Russia has more land.
- At 244,000 km, Canada has the world’s longest what?
- How many oceans does Canada touch?
Three. The Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Arctic.
- Billed as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth,” what annual rodeo is held in Alberta?
The Calgary Stampede
- Until 2007, what was the largest freestanding structure on Earth?
The CN Tower in Toronto. It was passed by the Burj Kalifa in Dubai.
- What is Canada’s oldest national park?
Banff National Park. It was established in 1885.
- What is Canada’s leading export?
Mineral fuels including oil
- In March 1848, water was blocked from flowing over what feature?
- The first organized one of what was hosted in Montreal on March 3. 1875?
A Hockey match. And yes, it ended when a fight broke out.
The Geeky Round
- The United States invaded Canada in what year?
1812. The invasion was repulsed.
- The progenitor of what law enforcement agency was formed in 1873 with only nine officers?
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police or as their often called, The Mounties.
- The town of Snag, Yukon Territory is famous for what meteorological event?
It had the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth. -63 degrees C.
- The first Europeans visited Canada in what century?
Norse explorers reached Newfoundland in the 11th century, around 1000 AD.
- The Klondike Gold Rush began in what year?
1896. It lasted about three years during which an estimated 100,000 prospectors flooded the Yukon.
- Who was the first Canadian Prime Minister?
Sir John A. Macdonald
- How many women have held the position of Prime Minister of Canada?
One. Kim Campbell was the 19th Canadian Prime Minister and held office from June to November, 1993.
- What is the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest in the world?
- What fictional character is based on a Black Bear cub from Canada?
AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. The bear in question was named Winnipeg or “Winnie” for short.
- With only 11 days of snow per year, which city is the warmest in Canada?
The Nerdy Round
- It didn’t get its own flag until what year?
1965 (98 years after the founding of the nation).
- On September 11, 2001, 33,000 passengers made what small Canadian town their home for a few days?
Gander. The town had less than 10,000 residents at the time and played host to over three times as many people when US airspace was shut down.
- The Canadian motto, “A Mari Usque ad Mare” means what, in English?
From sea to sea
- Canada first hosted the Olympics in what year?
1976. Montreal hosted the Winter Games after Denver passed on them.
- In 1642, a group of religious mystics followed a vision to form what would later become what city?
- Which territory’s name translates into “Our Land?”
Nunavut. It’s the newest and largest Canadian territory in Canada, created in 1999.
- Commissioned by Henry VII, what Italian explorer would sail to the New World and “discover” Canada in 1497?
John Cabot or Giovanni Caboto.
- Bernic Lake, Manitoba is home to the largest deposit of what rare element?
- Founded in 1605, what city is the only walled city in Canada?
- The opening what was delayed by a year due to a sonic boom?
The Ottawa International Airport.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s romp through Canada. We’ll feature other countries around the world as topics for history and geography. If you have a suggestion for a country (or any topic to cover), drop us a line at dorkygeekynerdy.com. Or find us on Facebook and Twitter. We’re always interested in suggestions for the next episode.
Speaking of which, here’s your clue for next week:
Next week, you’ll get your first taste of guest host, Blaine Dowler. Blaine has been helping behind the scenes here and he hosts his own podcast over a Bureau42.com, covering everything from X-Files to Comic Book Physics.
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I’m your host, Brian Rollins. Thanks for listening.