Much like 2020, it’s safe to assume that many of us are looking forward to leaving 2021 in the dust and welcoming a new year. Getting through the past 12 months wasn’t always easy, but we’re finally approaching the finish line.

In tribute to the things we’ll always remember about 2021, Google has published Canada’s most popular search trends from the past year including all the biggest stars that caught our attention, the moments that had us talking, and the questions that we were seeking answers to.

Here are the top 10 news-related searches that defined 2021 in Canada.

    1. COVID vaccine near me
    2. Federal election
    3. Severe thunderstorm warning
    4. Afghanistan
    5. Lockdown
    6. Vaccine passport
    7. BC Wildfires
    8. Tokyo Olympics
    9. Lytton fire
    10. Residential Schools

We Canadians are a curious bunch. The most Googled questions in the country last year tell us that we love to dive deep into trending news and pop culture.

  1. Why did Prime Minister Trudeau call an election?
  2. Why were Residential Schools created?
  3. Why is it so hot in British Columbia?
  4. Why is lumber so expensive?
  5. Why did Simone Biles withdraw?
  6. Why did Taylor Swift re-record her music?
  7. Why was Prince Philip not king?
  8. Why is Bernie Sanders a meme?
  9. Why did Daft Punk break up?
  10. Why is Squid Game so popular?


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As for our most popular “how-to” questions, it seems like we were all over the place in 2021. Canadians were looking to master everything from investing in Dogecoin to making hot chocolate bombs.

  1. How to get a vaccine passport
  2. How to buy Dogecoin
  3. How to make money from home
  4. How to book a COVID vaccine
  5. How to register to vote in Canada
  6. How to watch the Oprah interview
  7. How to get a QR code for COVID vaccination
  8. How to make hot chocolate bombs
  9. How to apply for CERB
  10. How to get rid of a stuffy nose

If you want to dive even deeper, you can see Canada’s entire Year in Search here.