Great Canadian accomplishments

Great Canadian Accomplishments

Canada is known for a great many things. We’re known as international peacekeepers, we play the best hockey out of anyone else in the world, and we love to put maple syrup on our bacon. 

But that’s not all. Oh no, not by a long shot. There have been many great Canadian accomplishments in our time as a nation. Here are just a few of the biggest ways in which the rest of the world has been made better by Canada.




Yes, basketball. While hockey may be our national pastime and lacrosse our national sport, basketball was undeniably invented by a Canadian. In December of 1891, John Naismith needed to come up with a way to keep his class physically fit and active on a rainy day that was preventing them from venturing outside.

He strung up two peach baskets on either end of the YMCA’s walled gymnasium, came up with a basic set of rules, and the legend of basketball was born. 

Now, while this great Canadian accomplishment was, in fact, invented in Springfield, Massachusetts, it was most certainly a red and white Canuck who first had the idea to bring this sport into the world. We’re just glad he decided not to name it Naismith Ball, as his deferential student had so humbly suggested.


Peanut Butter


That’s right! Peanut Butter is one of the great Canadian accomplishments bestowed upon the world. It was not invented, as many incorrectly believe, by US agricultural scientist George Washington Carver. The true origins of peanut butter date all the way back to the Aztec civilization in the 15th century, when Spanish explorers noted how the Aztecs made a kind of paste from peanuts.

The official patent for this great Canadian accomplishment was awarded to a Canadian pharmacist named Marcellus Gilmore Edson, a Quebec-born Montrealer, in 1884. He created the peanut-y concoction for people who couldn’t chew solid food as a healthy and nutritious alternative. It was originally sold for six cents per pound.


Stem Cell Discovery


This great Canadian accomplishment is accredited to Dr. James Till and Dr. Ernest McCulloch. In 1961 they made world history as they proved that they could transplant stem cells into a test subject, producing near-miraculous results.

Perhaps far more important than any other item on this list, scientists have predicted that stem cells may very well hold the cure to human kind’s most notorious biological enemies including, diabetes, Alzheimers, cancer, and old age.

A truly great Canadian accomplishment indeed.


The Telephone


This great Canadian accomplishment is yet another tale of a Canadian changing the world. Indeed, this invention has changed our reality and the fundamental ways in which we communicate with one another.

While Alexander Graham Bell was born in Scotland, he immigrated to Canada as a boy, and much of his work would take place right here in the true north. After years of painstaking research, patent applications, collaboration, and his fair share of difficulties, Bell successfully transmitted sound electrically across a distance.

The phone today has become so pervasive that it is essentially an extension of our own nervous system. It has become so ingrained in our world that it’s actually rare for a person not to have one sitting in their pocket. While they now perform a wide variety of functions and have more processing power than the space shuttle used to go to the moon, it all started with that clever Canuck, Mr. Bell.




Discovered by three Canadian doctors Frederick Banting, Charles Best, and John James Rickard Macleod, insulin affected millions of lives all over the world. For previous to insulin’s discovery, Diabetes was a fatal illness. 

This great Canadian accomplishment was made possible when the doctors proved that the pancreas was responsible for secreting insulin. Now, millions of people who would otherwise perish from diabetes are living full, healthy lives.


So Many Great Canadian Accomplishments

Can you imagine living in a world without the telephone, insulin, basketball, or even peanut butter? In our time as a nation, we’ve seen enough great Canadian accomplishments to last several lifetimes, but given our track record, we’re certain there will be plenty more to come.

Happy Canada Day everybody.