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Are there any Canadians on this forum? I see people from all parts of the world but haven't seen any from Canada? Come out of your igloos!

I'm from Eastern Canada, by the way.

Some interesting facts about Canada:

  • Our flag has a Maple Leaf.
  • Our national animal is the Beaver.
  • Canada day is July 1
  • Our national anthem is "O' Canada" which is commonly sung in English & French.

Here are some more facts that I'll enclose in quotes :(

-Canada is on the continent of North America.
-The country stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.
-The Arctic Ocean is north and the United States is south.
-Canada is north of the 49th parallel of latitude.
-The 49th parallel was chosen as a border from the Great Lakes to the west coast.

-second largest country in the world (Russian Federation is the largest)
-ten provinces and three territories (capital cities are in brackets).
Provinces : Alberta (Edmonton), British Columbia (Victoria), Manitoba (Winnipeg), New Brunswick (Fredericton), Newfoundland and Labrador(St. John's), Nova Scotia (Halifax), Ontario (Toronto), Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown), Quebec (Quebec City), Saskatchewan (Regina)
Territories : Yukon (Whitehorse), Nunavut (Iqaluit), Northwest Territories (Yellowknife),
-population 33,212,696 (July 2008 est.)
-capital city of Canada - Ottawa (Ontario)
-leader of Canada - Prime Minister Stephen Harper
-emblem - maple leaf
-flag - red and white with a red maple leaf
-Canada's birthday is on the first of July.
-animal - the beaver
-motto - "From sea to sea"
-national anthem - "O Canada"
-RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) the national police force
-there are six time zones

-Most of the people live in the southern part of Canada.
-About 77 percent of Canadians live in cities and towns.
-The largest cities are Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.(2006)
Toronto - 5.5 million; Montreal - 3.6 million; Vancouver - 2.1 million
-Saskatchewan is the fastest growing province. (December 2007)
-Canada's two official languages are English and French.
-More than 9 million Canadians speak French.
-Ethnic groups include British Isles origin 28%, French origin 23%, other European 15%, North American Indian 2%, other, mostly Asian, African, Arab 6%, mixed background 26%
-Canada is the home of over a million Aboriginal people. (2006 census)
-Three Aboriginal groups : First Nations, Métis and Inuit
-Eastern Canada : the Maliseet, Algonquin, Iroquois, Micmac, Huron and Ojibwa
-The Plains : Blackfoot, Cree and Assiniboine
-Pacific Coast : Kwakiutl, Bella Coola, and Haida
-Northern regions : Dene, Tsimshian and Slavey peoples
-Arctic region : the Inuit

-Canada has the world's longest coastline.
-There are oceans on three sides - Pacific ( west), Atlantic ( east), Arctic (north).
-Nearly one-fourth of all the fresh water in the world is in Canada.
-Glaciers shaped the land and created many lakes (about 2 million lakes).
-The Mackenzie River ( in the N.W.T. ) is the longest river in Canada.
-Ships sail inland on the St. Lawrence River (from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes).
-Forests cover almost half of Canada.
-Canada has one-tenth of the world's forests.
-Mount Logan in the Yukon Territory is Canada's tallest peak at 5,959 metres.

-Canada has six main geographical regions:
Appalachian Highland, Canadian Shield, Arctic, Lowlands, Interior Plains, Cordillera

-The first people were the Aboriginal people.
-Explorers and settlers from Western Europe arrived in the 1500s.
-Canada was named by the French explorer Jacques Cartier (1535).
-The name "Canada" comes from the Huron and Iroquois word "Kanata" meaning "village".
-Canada became a country on July 1st, 1867.
-The first provinces were Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec.
-The first prime minister was Sir John A. Macdonald.

-Forests, plants, animals and fish are some of Canada's renewable resources.
-Renewable resources can be replaced by nature.
-Canada has 10% of the world's forests.
-Minerals, metal, natural gas, and oil are some of Canada's nonrenewable resources.
-They cannot be replaced by nature.
-Hydroelectric power is sold to the United States.
-Canada is one of the largest mining nations in the world.
-Over 60 minerals and metals are produced in Canada.
-Canada is the third largest diamond producing nation in the world.
-Canada is the world's leader in the production of potash and uranium.

-There are many different types of farms in Canada:
grain farms, vegetable farms, fruit orchards, livestock and dairy farms

-There are 42 national parks in Canada.

Parks were created to protect the forests, plants and wildlife.
Canada has laws to protect the wild animals and plants that are endangered.
Hunting, mining and logging are not allowed in parks.

-The largest park in Canada is Wood Buffalo National Park, in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. It is home of the world's largest bison herd and the only nesting site of the endangered whooping crane.
-The oldest National Park is Banff in Alberta. It was created in 1885 as Rocky Mountain Park.

- motor vehicles and parts, industrial machinery, aircraft, telecommunications equipment; chemicals, plastics, fertilizers; wood pulp, timber, crude petroleum, natural gas, electricity, aluminum

-The main highway system (completed in 1962) is called the Trans-Canada Highway.
-It goes from St. John's NFLD to Victoria, B.C.
-The highway is 7 604 kilometres long.
-It is the longest national highway in the world.

-The Dempster Highway in the Yukon territory is the northernmost highway.
-The major ports are Vancouver, Churchill, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax and St. John's.
-The St. Lawrence Seaway allows ocean-going ships to sail inland.
-The Seaway has twenty-six locks and five canals.

-The two main freight railway systems are the Canadian National and the Canadian Pacific Railway.
-VIA railway provides passenger service.
-Workers began to build the national railroad in 1872.
-The Canadian Pacific Railway was finished in 1885.
-Upon completion many settlers were able to travel west.

-In 1937 Bombardier invented the first snowmobile.

-Democratic system of government
-Parliament of Canada is in Ottawa, Ontario
-Parliament consists of House of Commons (elected) and Senate (appointed)
-Prime Minister - Stephen Harper (leader of the Conservative Party)
-Governor General of Canada - Michaëlle Jean

-The native people of Canada invented the game of lacrosse.
-Lacrosse is the national summer sport of Canada.
-Ice hockey is the winter national sport of Canada.
-Five pin bowling was invented by T.E. Ryan of Toronto in 1909.
-Basketball was invented by James Naismith in 1891.

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I am CANADIAN!Lived here all my life. I remember when the Maple Leaf flag was created. (I'm old).Born and raised in Southern Ontario, but now I am in BC and love it here.

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*waves maple leaf flag!*Another Canuck here. I'm from southern Ontario and it's nice to see a few others too.Yes tomorrow is Canada Day, and for a change it's not going to be 94 degrees outside lol. It's been wet here this week but I hope at least it doesn't rain tomorrow so we can have a fun get-together outdoors with a cookout and some pool time.

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I haven't hardly seen the sun in weeks.. I don't remember what a nice summer day is like. Rain, Clouds, rain, Clouds, rain, T-Storm, rain, Clouds. It sure is humid too. Happy (early) Canada Day to all the Canadian 'trappers' out there ...!

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nice topic rob, interesting and useful. i know very little about Canada, in fact i know only that Canada is a country near USA and has a very cold weather :P. now i now a lot, thanks to you :) .

i am proud to say that i have two friends who are living in Canada ;) and i get to know a lot about Canada from them. and now i love Canada more than before, and wish to visit this beautiful country someday. thank you for sharing rob.

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Hurt4Love would be impressed with the knowledge of Canada that I copy and pas... know by heart and decided to share with you all. I hope she makes an appearance here!

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Hurt4Love would be impressed with the knowledge of Canada that I copy and pas... know by heart and decided to share with you all. I hope she makes an appearance here!

don't worry rob, even she did not notice this topic i will show it to her ;) , i am sure she will be interesting and will feed it with more interesting and useful information.

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