The Longest Living Canadian Was an Outdoor-Loving Vegetarian (117 Years Old)
Born in Quebec, Canada, in 1880, Marie-Louise Meilleur is the oldest Canadian on record. She had a huge family, including 12 children and 226 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and great-great-great-grandchildren. On her death at 117 years and 230 days, she had outlived both of her husbands and eight of her children. Meilleur attributed her longevity to many different sources over the years. She most frequently credited her hard work, faith, love of family, and good sense of humor for her long years. Her vegetarian diet and love of being outdoors, especially fishing, may also have helped keep her young. But Meilleur also enjoyed red wine and smoked cigarettes until at least her 90s. In her later years, she lived in a nursing home with one of her sons. To this day, she is the sixth oldest person in history.