Did you know…?
*Canada became confederated in 1867, making this year its 145th 'birthday'.
*The capital of Canada is Ottawa.
*The largest city in Canada is Toronto.
*Canada has ten provinces and three territories.
|The header on Google.ca on Canada Day 2012|
*Canada is the world's second-largest country.
*At 5,525 miles, the border Canada shares with the United States is the world's longest land border.
*Canada has a population of approximately 33.4 million.
*Canada’s official languages are English and French.
*Canada is part of the Commonwealth, and recognizes Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.
*Standing at 553.33 metres, the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, is the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. It was the world's tallest until 2010. It attracts more than 2 million visitors every year from around the world.
*John Cabot was the first explorer to reach Canada, in 1497.
*Canada has been inhabited by various Aboriginal peoples for millennia.
*Canadians have the 8th highest ranking in the world for life expectancy, at just over 81 years.
*Newfoundland was the first part of Canada to be explored by Europeans. It was also the first place that Vikings settled around the year 1000 AD.
*At 151,600 miles, Canada has the longest coastline in the world.
*A Canadian zoo bear named Winnipeg ("Winnie") inspired the Winnie the Pooh stories by AA Milne.
*Even though the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, now ranks as the world's fifth largest mall, it was once the world's largest mall, and it still boasts the world's largest indoor amusement park.
*The Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is one of the world's most voluminous waterfalls.
*Canada has produced a ton of very popular celebrities. Be sure to check back later this month, because I'll be spotlighting Canadian actors and actresses, musicians, comedians, and more!
What do you think of when you think of Canada?
I think of the beautiful scenery, the hugeness of this country, the diversity of it, the CN Tower in Toronto, Clifton Hill and the Falls in Niagara Falls, Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the giant lobster in Shediac, New Brunswick, Terry Fox, the Anne of Green Gables house in Prince Edward Island, poutine, maple syrup, Tim Hortons, toques, pop, red soil in Prince Edward Island, the ferry to Amherst Island, loonies and toonies, The Air Canada Centre and Roger's Centre in Toronto, the gorgeous old buildings in Kingston, the wind turbines on Wolfe Island, feeling like you've stepped back in time in Quebec City, Road to Avonlea, Due South, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick and PEI.
I love this country and I am so proud to be Canadian.
This post has been part of the Canadian Spotlight Month. Click the graphic below to check out the schedule and all things Canadian here at Ramblings of a Daydreamer.