Celebrating Weird and Wacky Facts About Canada

Family Fun & Activities, Member Spotlight | January 25, 2019

Did you know the world’s first USO landing pad was built in Alberta, Canada? Or did you know the world’s largest lobster was caught off the coast of Nova Scotia, weighing 20 kilograms? That’s as heavy as 32 basketballs!

Filled with outrageous facts and colorful illustrations, the National Geographic Kids series Weird But True! is a great way to encourage children to stay curious about their surroundings. Starting as a feature in the National Geographic Kid magazine in 2004, Weird But True! Has become the most popular feature in every issue ever since. Recently, our Canadian Moms Meet Bloggers checked out the first country-specific book, Weird But True! Canada. Check out what they had to say:

Swap Knowledge

pile of books

According to Erica from Erica Blogs, “Instead of the usual mad, after-school chaos, my three youngest (aged 12, 10 and 10) jumped on the couch and eagerly began flipping through the bright-coloured pages for cool facts to swap.”

Screen-Free Fun


Andrea from Apartment Baby loved that this brought her family together. “The kids love being able to throw out their new knowledge in family conversations. There’s a lot of, ‘Mom did you know…?’ which makes for great dinner conversation. It’s also a screen-free alternative to pass time when we are driving in the car as family.”

Discover The World

sea turtle

Weird But True! is a great vehicle to kickstart your kiddo’s curiosity. “We would read some of the facts and then I would immediately google it,” says Kathryn from Kathryn Anywhere. “One, because I didn’t know that was true or two, because we started to plan new road trip travel routes from some of these facts.

Great for Non-Readers


Are your kids not big on reading? “My son, who has a particularly hard time engaging in reading, loves these books,” says Jane from Sustain My Craft. “The weird facts are shared alongside beautiful large pictures and funny anecdotes—he doesn’t even realize he’s learning.”

A Touch of Home


Kristen from My 3 Little Kittens enjoyed that these weird facts were relatable to their hometown. “Since we live in Alberta, it was especially fun to pick out the facts about our province. The book even mentioned the largest dinosaur statue, which is one we have visited. After all, what kid doesn’t want to climb inside the mouth of a dinosaur?”

To see what moms had to say about the National Geographic Kids Weird But True! series, visit our Product Review page.

What is a weird but true fact about your hometown? Share below!



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