Happy Canada Day!!
Murlo is a pro ud Canadian and Western prairie urban dweller! A country considered one of the greatest countries in the world.
Together, we all can make this country even better!
Our selfie to the left was taken on Canada Day in Ottawa, our nations capital in 2017.
The photo was taken just after consuming two Beaver Tails at ByWard Market in Ottawa. How Canadian!
The following information about Canada and map is courtesy of the Nation Online Project and has been edited for content.
Canada is a country occupying most of the northern North America. The second largest country in the world has an area of 9,984,670 km², it is 355,580 km². Canada stretches from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Atlantic Ocean in the east.
Canada is bordered by Alaska (USA) in west, and by 12 US states of the continental United States in south, Canada shares maritime borders with Greenland (an autonomous territory of Denmark) and Saint Pierre and Miquelon, an island which belongs to France.
For its size, the country is sparsely inhabited, with a population of “just” 35.7 million (2015 official estimate), most of the people live in Canada’s “South”, in the provinces close to the U.S. border.
Capital city is Ottawa, largest city is Toronto, followed by Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Quebéc City.
Spoken languages are English and French (both official), and a wide range of indigenous languages.
Canada is a federation of 10 Provinces and Three Territories
The 10 Provinces with Their Capital City in Parenthesis
British Columbia (Victoria)
New Brunswick (Fredericton)
Newfoundland and Labrador (St. John’s)
Nova Scotia (Halifax)
Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown)
Quebec (Québec City)
Three Territories with their Capital City in Parenthesis
Northwest Territories (Yellowknife)
Courtesy of: The Planet (Adventure is for Everyone) – Edited for content
1. Canada is on the metric system.
2. Canada shares the world’s longest unprotected border with the United States.
3. Canada is the Polar Bear capital of the World.
4. The town of Churchill, Manitoba is the center of Polar Bear Alley so nobody locks doors to their house or cars in case of a polar bear attack.
5. Canada uses the British English system to spell words, (Color with a “u” Colour, theatres and metere are spelled “re”.
6. Cannabis is legal in Canada.
7. In 2012 the Great Maple Syrup Heist was national news when someone stole 3000 tons of maple syrup in Quebec valued at $18 million dollars.
8. Canada’s money has braille for the vision impaired.
9. Canada population is the most educated in the world: 50% with a post-secondary education and a 99% literacy rate.
10. Canada’s national drink is the Caesar with Clamato Juice as the base.
11. Canadians eat more Mac and Cheese than anyone else in the world.
12. Poutine and consists of french fries and cheese curds melted in gravy.
13. Canada’s 30 national parks are massive and are larger than many countries!
14. Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park established in 1885.
15. Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined with 20 percent of the world’s freshwater.
16. The Trans Canada Highway #1 is the longest highway in the world at 7821 kilometers – 4860 miles.
17. Alert, Northwest Territories is the northernmost permanent settlement in the world.
19. Wood Buffalo National Park is the worlds second largest national park located between Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
19. Basketball was invented by Canadian, Dr. James Naismith in 1891 defining 13 rules while teaching at Springfield, Massachusetts YMCA.
20. Superman was created by a Canadian – Canadian Joe Shuster co-created Superman with Jerry Siegel.
21. IMAX was invented by three Canadian filmmakers in 1967.
22. Insulin was discovered by doctor Frederick Banting in 1921 at the University of Toronto.
23. The Snowblower was invented in Canada in 1927.
24. Canadian/Denmark Conflict – These two countries battle over a northern island by leaving a bottle of Canadian rye whiskey or a bottle of Danish schnapps to stake their claim.
25. Famous Canadian actors or List of Famous Canadians
Canadian Facts at a Glance
Canadian national anthem courtesy of Canadian National Anthem
|Population||35,881,659 (July 2018 est.)|
|Official Language||English and French|
|Borders||United States, Greenland, Saint Pierre and Miquelon.|
|Currency||Canadian dollar ($) (CAD)|
|Life expectancy||82 Years (2018).|
|National day||Canada Day, 1 July (1867)|
|Climate||Varies from temperate in south to subarctic and arctic in north|
|Terrain||Mostly plains with mountains in west, lowlands in southeast|
|Lowest point||Atlantic Ocean 0 m|
|Highest point||Mount Logan 5,959 m|
|Natural resources||Iron ore, nickel, zinc, copper, gold, lead, rare earth elements, molybdenum, potash, diamonds, silver, fish, timber, wildlife, coal, petroleum, natural gas, hydropower|
|Sex ratio||0.98 male(s)/female (2018 est.)|
|Government||Federal parliamentary democracy (Parliament of Canada) under a constitutional monarchy|
|Prime Minister||Justin Trudeau|
|National anthem/ National symbol||“O Canada”/ maple leaf and beaver|
|National colors||red and white|
|Internet country code||.ca|
|Time Zone||(UTC−3.5 to −8)|
|Drives on the||Right|