The Great White North

Canada is a country in North America.

The country has great and splendid geographical features that are totally picturesque. It has 10 provinces and 3 territories. The federal government created the territories.

And the provinces are the creation of the Constitution Act of 1982.

Canada’s ten provinces are Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Newfoundland, and Labrador. Whereas the three territories in Canada are Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut.

90% of Canadians live next to Americans:

Canada is big and full of Natural resources. It is full of beauty of Nature with 42% of Canada covered in dense beautiful Forests and this is 8% of the total World’s Forest Land.

Canada has the longest Coastline in the World at 2,43,042 Kilometers. 

Its Border with the United States of America is the World’s longest land Border standing at 8,891 Kilometers.

This is precisely the reason that, in spite of being the 2nd largest country in the world with an area of 9.985 Square Miles Or 99,84,670 Square Kilometers & 52, 455 islands, 90% of Canadians live right next to their American Neighbors within 500 Kilometers of the American Borders.

And 80% of Canada is totally uninhabitable.

The country has plenty of lakes:

Canada is full of multiple lakes.

Some of Canada’s largest lakes are Great Bear Lake in the Northwestern Territories, Lake Superior and Lake Huron in Ontario, Lake Manitoba, Lake Winnipeg and Lake Winnipegosis in Manitoba.

And this makes Canada a great source of fresh water. With so many lakes present in the country, it also becomes the largest source of fresh water in the entire world. Canada actually has 20% of the world’s freshwater.

The country counts more than 3 million lakes and 31,700 big lakes with an area over 300 hectares. Canada also includes two of the biggest lakes in the world: Great Bear Lake and Great Slave Lake.

Canada has the three largest islands in the world:

The three largest islands of the world, namely- Baffin Island, Victoria Island, and Ellesmere Island, are in Canada.

The National Parks in Canada bigger than many countries:

The country has 48 National Parks and national park reserves.

They are full of different kinds of wildlife, animals, and bird. Moreover, the National Parks in Canada are so huge that they are even bigger than some countries like The Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark to name a few.

The Wood Buffalo National Park is the 3rd largest National Park in the world. 1st is the Northern Greenland National Park of Greenland followed by the Namib Naukluft National Park of Namibia.

Wood Buffalo is spread over an area of 44,807 Square Kilometers.

The world’s polar bear capital is in Canada:

Churchill, a place in Canada, is the polar bear capital of the world. It is located in the north of Manitoba. 

The maximum numbers of polar bears in the world live in Churchill due to its access to the frozen Hudson Bay.

Hudson Bay is also known the place in the world with least Gravity.

It is also the third-largest oil reserve holder:

After Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, Canada is the next largest oil reserve holder in the world.

Therefore, the country has an estimated 176.8 billion recoverable barrels of it.

Canada also has a lot of mineral resources:

Uranium is produced in large quantities in Canada. It is the largest producer of uranium in the world.

It has the largest Uranium Mine in the World in the Saskatchewan. It also happens to be the largest supplier to the USA for Oil and Gas.

Apart from uranium, another rare element that is, Cesium, is available there. The country is the largest source of Cesium in the world. It comes from Bernic Lake in Manitoba.

Canada shares the largest non –military border:

The International Boundary is the name of the border between the United States and Canada.

It is the largest non-military border in the world.

The oldest forms of rocks in the world are still there in Canada:

Few of the rarest and oldest rocks on the planet exists in Canada.

The Canadian Shield is home to a large variety of rocks.

Calgary is popular for the unusual Chinooks:

This a certain weather phenomenon that creates a sudden and abrupt change in the weather.

This happens when the temperature rises by 10 degrees suddenly within just a few minutes. 

The Calgary Stampede is another reason for which Calgary is famous. This is the largest outdoor show in the world.

The national drink of Canada is Caesar:

The name of the national drink of Canada is Caesar. It was invented in 1969 in Calgary.

Clamato juice, a mixture of clam juice along with tomato juice, is the drink ingredient.

Ice Wine of Canada:

A famous drink in Canada is its ice wine.

This is usually served in the form of dessert wine. Frozen grape juice is put in this ice wine. This adds a great flavor to the drink.

Maple Syrup of Canada:

While 50% of World’s Maple Syrup is imported and consumed by the people of United States of America, majority of it is produced in Canada.

Almost 80% of the total production of maple syrup in the world happens in Canada. 72% of World’s Maple Syrup Production happens in Québec region alone.

Flag of Canada with Maple Leaf in it
Flag of Canada with Maple Leaf in it introduced in 1965

Such is the popularity of Maple Tree that the Flag of Canada was changed in 1965 with a Big Maple Leaf in it.

Canada has a very high rate of education:

It is among the highly educated countries in the whole world.

Thus, almost half of its population owns a degree. In addition to that, the country of Canada also has a literacy rate of about 99%.

National games of Canada:

The national games of Canada are lacrosse and hockey.

The summer sport of the country is lacrosse, while the winter sport is hockey.

“Eh” is a popular Canadian interjection:

This exclamation is now enlisted even in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

The term is very common in the country of Canada.

Two official languages of Canada:

Canada has not one but two official languages.

Most of the people living in Canada either speak English or French. These are the two official and most common languages in Canada.

Canadian geese are quite infamous for their aggressive nature:

Eleven different species of geese are there in Canada. One of these species is called the cackling geese.

They live in most of the cities of Canada. And also can act quite violently if disturbed or threatened by anyone.

A lot of famous worldwide personalities belong to Canada:

Many famous people from different fields of work belong in Canada.

From popular actors, journalists, athletes, to musicians and many other famous people are from Canada. 

A few examples of famous personalities from Canada are- Ryan Gosling, Jim Carrey, Ryan Reynolds, Keanu Reeves, John Roberts. Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Drake, Avril Lavigne, The Weeknd, Shania Twain, etc. Many great authors like Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Lucy Maud Montgomery are from Canada.

And last but not the least Russell Peters-world’s most popular comedian with Indian roots. 

Canada has gone one step ahead of USA when it comes to Aliens:

And we thought only America is obsessive about UFOs.

Canada has created a Pad for Landing of UFOs in future. Yes, you read it correct.

The landing Pad is in Alberta-St.Paul, weighs 130 tons and it has a time capsule that will open in 2067.

Paul Hellyer-the longest serving current member of Privy Council of Canada inaugurated the Landing Pad on 3rd June 1967.

The sign at the Landing Pad reads “The area under the World’s First UFO Landing Pad was designated international by the Town of St. Paul as a symbol of our faith that mankind will maintain the outer universe free from national wars and strife. That future travel in space will be safe for all intergalactic beings, all visitors from earth or otherwise are welcome to this territory and to the Town of St. Paul”

Now, that is one hell of a planning and execution of a belief in UFOs.

Height of Politeness:

If you thought Japan is the most Polite Country or England is where you heard people giving lot of respect, think again as Canada is the country where they had to introduce the ‘Apology Act’ in 2009.

The act makes ‘Apology’ or saying ‘Sorry’ inadmissible in court which states that ‘Apology is not considered as the admission of guilt’ like it is considered in rest of the World and this is because people in Canada say ‘Sorry’ many times.

In simple words, Canadian Courts do take an ‘Apology’ seriously.

Canada is so big that we will do another series on Canada soon.

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