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144 Facts About Canada
Posted by Blake Dillon on
June 15, 2011

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100. Holmes on Homes: Mike Holmes of Halton Hills, Ontario is a world-renowned handyman for his hit HGTV series, Holmes on Homes.

101. Robertson: Canadian industrialist Peter Robertson coined the original square-socket screwdriver.

102. Multi-Tasking: George Cluthé showed up Peter Robertson by lightening the load of Canadian toolboxes with his handy invention known as the interchangeable screwdriver head.

103. Paint Roller: Imagine completing a paint job without a roller. No thanks. Manitoba-born Norman Breakey made life easy with this practical tool.

104. Nailed It!: Allan Dove hit the nail on the head when he invented the first spiral nail.

105. Green Garbage Bag: Both the original green garbage bag and the modern biodegradable versions were developed in Canada by Canadians.

106. Lawn Care: The lawn sprinkler is a Canadian invention that was developed in 1871.


107. Snowmobile: Joseph-Armand Bombardier, a Quebec native, is the proud inventor of the Skidoo.

108. Snow Blower: Arthur Sicard made clearing the driveway of snow much easier with his creative invention of the snow blower.

109. Kerosene: This combustible hydrocarbon liquid was patented by Abraham Gesner of Nova Scotia. Gesner is now known as the “Father of The Petroleum Industry."

110. Odometer: In 1854, Samuel McKeen of Nova Scotia designed the earliest version of the odometer. His was attached to the side of a carriage and measured the miles with the turning of the wheels.

111. The Real McCoy: Elijah McCoy was a Canadian inventor that developed the automatic oil cup.

112. Uno Cycle: It was Canadian Ben Gulak that invented this electric-powered unicycle.

113. Jetliner: The Avro Canada C102 was the first commercial jet airliner ever produced, but the second to ever fly. The U.K.’s de Havilland DH 106 Comet beat it to the air by 13 days.

114. All Aboard: It was Canadian George Dorey who made it possible for trains to stop with his creation of the railway car brake.

115. Right Side of the Road: In 1930, John D. Millar, an engineer working for the Ontario Department of Transport thought up the idea of painting lines on roads.

116. John Patch: John Patch of Nova Scotia invented the first marine screw propeller.


117. Niagara Falls: Home to about a 2,600-foot wide stretch of waterfalls, this city is one of the major tourist attractions of the world.

118. Buzz Off: Canadian inventor Charles H. Coll is credited with the original creation of insect repellent.

119. Birch Bark Canoes: These trusty Canadian vessels have stayed afloat for centuries.

120. CN Tower: The tallest tower in the entire western hemisphere calls Toronto, Ontario home. It is one of Canada’s most visited tourist attractions.

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