10 summer fun facts

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Summer is everyone’s favourite season. In Canada, you’ll find everyone outside enjoying the weather. It means going on road trips or to the beach, spending lazy afternoons in a cabin by the lake, and camping under the stars. Canadians maximize the long days to have fun and enjoy nature.

Speaking of summer, here are some summer facts from Canada and all over the world:

  1. Hottest summer in Canada

    Manitoba had the second hottest summer in Canada on record at 44.4 °C. This occurred on July 11, 1936 at St. Albans and Emerson, Manitoba (Wikipedia). Incidentally, the highest temperature recorded in Canada according to Environment Canada was in 1937 in Midale and Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan (45 °C).

  2. A year without summer

    Did you know Canada did not experience summer in 1816? Imagine having snow and very cold and damp evenings in the middle of June and July. This was what many in the Northern Hemisphere, not only in Canada, experienced that year. And because of the abnormal weather, many were worried about food shortage as crops needed the warm weather to grow. Later studies found out that this anomaly was caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies. Volcanic ash and gas blanketed the atmosphere partially blotting out the sun and affecting many cities around the world.

  3. Dog days of summer

    The dog days of summer refer to weeks between July 3 and August 11. These are the hottest days of summer. It’s called dog days not because the temperature can make you pant like a dog. The days were named after the Dog Star (Sirius), which rises around this time. Ancient people blamed the star and associated it with war, diseases and disaster.

  4. Summer is mosquito season

    It’s the insect’s peak because warm temperatures make them go through their life cycle faster. More mosquitoes are laying eggs and more eggs are hatching around this time. Did you know that there are more than 3500 species of mosquitoes worldwide? Only a handful of places, like Antarctica and Iceland, have little to no traces of mosquitoes.

  5. Watermelon: Fruit or vegetable?

    Watermelons can be considered both a fruit and a vegetable. Those in the “it’s a vegetable” camp say so because watermelons belong to the cucumber family (also the pumpkin and squash family). However, botanists consider it a fruit because it grows from a seed. But whether fruit or vegetable, watermelons are good for you. It is a summer staple because of its refreshing qualities. This is because it is made up of 92% water. It is also full of the antioxidant lycopene, as well as vitamins A and C and potassium. Plus, it is low in calories, has no fat, sodium or cholesterol. So eat up!

  6. The Eiffel Tower grows in summer

    The Eiffel Tower grows more than 6 inches in summer. It is said that this happens because the iron expands with the heat. Conversely, it shrinks by about 6 inches in winter. The Eiffel Tower located in Champs de Mars in Paris, France is one of the most visited attractions in the world. It welcomes about 7 million visitors each year.

  7. July is Ice Cream Month

    July is national ice cream month in the US. This was declared by former president Ronald Reagan in 1984. However, some places in Canada join in and celebrate National Ice Cream Day which is the third Sunday of July. Do you want to see ice cream concoctions inspired by each Canadian province? Click here: Ice cream by Canadian province.

  8. The popsicle was invented by accident

    In 1905, an 11 year old boy in San Francisco named Frank Epperson accidentally left a cup of soda and a stirring stick outside his porch. The next morning, it was frozen. Seeing that it was a new way to enjoy the cold beverage, he began selling the frozen pop at an amusement park in New Jersey. In 1923, he launched “Epsicles” until his children persuaded him to change them to “Pop’s sicles.” Today, this summer favourite is made in various flavours, colours and shapes. Around two billion popsicles are sold every year.

  9. Winnipeg is the “Slurpee Capital of the World”

    Winnipeggers actually favour a different kind of frozen treat. Slurpees are a colourful, multi-flavoured, cold drink that has been a staple at 7/11 convenience stores. Its sales have been brisk everywhere, but more so in Winnipeg where people love Slurpees not only during summer but in every other season as well. Records show that Winnipeggers gulp 400,000 cups of these semi-frozen drinks per month earning for the city the distinction of Slurpee Capital for 19 consecutive years now. There’s even a street in Winnipeg that was given the honourary name of ‘Slurpee Way’ to celebrate this distinction in 2018.

  10. Manitoba is one of the sunniest provinces in Canada

    Our province enjoys more than 2,300 hours of bright sunshine per year. In fact, Manitoba has the sunniest winter season in Canada with 358 hours of sunshine. Southern Manitoba enjoys up to 16 hours of daylight during peak summer weeks.

Sources: 20 fun facts about summer, Vitalcheck blogs; 50 interesting facts about summer, Karin Lehnart, Fact Retriever; 1816: The Year Without Summer, Peter McGuigan, Canada’s History; Mosquito season: Time to be prepared, Elizabeth Miller, Mosquito Reviews; 5 facts about mosquitoes, The Tick and Mosquito Project; 40 fascinating facts about the Eiffel Tower, Oliver Smith, The Telegraph; 41 fun facts about Manitoba that will blow your mind, Travel Manitoba; Top 10 reasons to live in Manitoba; Manitoba named Slurpee Capital of the World for the 19th year in a row, Access Winnipeg; and The History of Popsicles, Country Living. All retrieved July 12, 2018.

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