Because I grew up in Mediterranean-like Southern California, not far from the beach, I always marveled at people who lived in the northern parts of the United States. All that snow in the winter, all that cold. Then I became aware that beyond the border of the northernmost reaches of our country, not including Alaska, there was an entire nation that must have even more snow, and cold and rough terrain. For me, that alone incites admiration for Canadians. Of course, here in the Valley of the Sun (the Phoenix area), we have a large number of Canadians who over-winter with us. I would, too! Winter in the desert is awesome. 

This is a fabulous 2-minute video of Canadians sharing video clips of their Canada. Love. Here’s a 3-minute video featuring a wonderful overview of Canada.

FunFacts about Canada: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles.) Canada’s climate varies widely across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons. (Source)
  • By total land area, Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia.
  • The shared border between Canada and the United States is the longest bi-national border in the world.
  • Ottawa is the capital of Canada.
  • Canada’s three largest metro areas are Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.
  • Canada’s population is 37 million which overall makes Canada sparsely populated.
  • The majority of Canada’s land is dominated by forest and tundra.
  • 80 percent of Canada’s population is concentrated in medium to large cities most of which are near the border with the U.S.
  • Indigenous peoples or Aboriginal Canadians inhabited this part of North America for thousands of years before the arrival of the Europeans. These are known as the First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
  • Both the British and French explored and settled along the Atlantic coast of Canada in the 16th Century. Armed conflicts followed. In 1763, France ceded most of its North American colonies.
  • In 1863, Canada was formed as a federal dominion of four provinces.
  • Today, Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II being the head of state.
  • As a product of large-scale immigration, Canada is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world.
  • The name ‘Canada’ comes from a St. Lawrence Iroquoian word kanata, which means ‘village’ or ‘settlement’.
  • The maple leaf is a prominent symbol of Canada and is part of the national flag. Other symbols are the beaver, the Canada Goose and the common loon.
  • English and French are the official languages of Canada.
  • Canada is one of the most educated countries in the world.

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34 thoughts on “Canada

  1. The natural beauty is breathtaking. I actually worked at a resort in the Vancouver area for a year. I wish I had some time to explore some of the more remote areas, but I wouldn’t want to live that far away from civilization.

  2. Love Canada we use to visit it all the time. But now you need a passport ! So no more ski trips or one day shopping trips! I live in Seattle Washington.

  3. We went to Sault St. Marie in Canada the first time we went to Michigan in the 90’s. It was very interesting to see the boats. The photos are stunning. I would love to go to the Canadian side of falls. I really enjoyed seeing the dolphins in the video. Very beautiful place

  4. Many call Canada our neighbors to the north. But really they are our cousins,, brothers, sisters, etc. So many have moved to the US over they years, and vice versa. We are really just one big family! Have been there many times, for travel and to just visit family. It is BEAUTIFUL

  5. Every day you bring us the most stunning pics of familiar and unknown (to many of us) areas of our spectacular planet. Thank you for you curiosity and generous act of sharing these locales and sites. Daily I have great anticipation for what you have chosen for us each day. Thank you.

    • Nancy,
      Thank you so much for the shout-out! As you can imagine, I have a pretty heavy schedule. But every time I think about doing one of these blogs, I get a small rush of adrenaline. I’m always excited when I think about what I’m going to learn when I do my research. I had no idea, for instance, that Canada has over 2 million lakes (from yesterday’s blog!). Unbelievable!

      I’m glad these trips around the planet are serving you in a similar way.

      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  6. So many beautiful pictures, loved the ones with the waterfall and the castle. There’s a lot of beautiful scenery in Canada but I couldn’t take the cold anymore. We older folks tend to like warmer climate in our old age. 🙂

  7. I so want to visit again. I’m 1/2 Canadian French {Cannuck}, so when I was in school I chose French as my language to learn because I was going to travel all of Canada. Unfortunately I was married at 19 and never got to live that dream. C’est la vie

  8. Hi, Everyone!
    One thing I forgot to mention in my blog was that my grandmother homesteaded in Canada in the early 1900s. She was an interesting woman who said that in those days, each day had a chore that usually took all day: bread-making day, washing day, etc. Of her five children, four were born in Canada. The fifth, my mother, was born in California.

    To Theresa, I say, I have to agree with you. We’re more like a big family with Canada!

    Hugs all around,

  9. Half of my family is Canadian and I grew up in Western NY. I spent a huge portion of my youth in Canada, mostly Ontario. I love it! Live in NE OH now.

  10. The 9th, 11th, and last 2 images simply put my imagination into overdrive while simultaneously bringing back so many memories. I could live in the middle of any of them and not miss the desert. Thank you for sharing the breathtaking scenery!!!

    Casa Grande,AZ

  11. September, 1983. We spent part of our honeymoon in Toronto. Loved it. The Food, the Views, the Nightlife, etc. Had a great time, would love to go back someday.

  12. I live in Canada, a rural area half way between Toronto and Niagara Falls. I have visited 3 of our provinces. Besides Ontario, the one I live in, British Columbia and Province de Quebec, La Belle province.

  13. I have been fortunate to have been born in Canada and even more fortunate to have been able to explore it from coast to coast. It is every bit as spectacular as those pictures and more. Fun fact, it is more expensive to fly within Canada than outside. Possibly due to the sheer size of the county and the small number of major airline companies.

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