O, Canada! Yes, in many ways it is!
Canada Day was July 1st! Canada Day celebrates the day that several British colonies in North America joined to become the Dominion of Canada. In celebration here are some facts about Canada from the children’s encyclopedia!
- Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of area.
- While Canada is larger than the United States in terms of area, it has only one-ninth the population of the US.
- Canada has two official languages, English and French.
- Canada’s national symbols are the maple leaf, and the beaver.
- Canada’s government is a constitutional monarchy. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen wields very little power in Canada’s government. The head of the government is the Prime Minister of Canada. The current Prime Minister is Stephen Harper.
- Canada has ten provinces and 3 territories.
- Catholicism is the largest single religion in Canada.
- Ice Hockey is by far the most popular sport in Canada. Many of hockey’s greatest stars, including Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky were born and raised in Canada.
- Canadians eat more beef than any other meat.
- Canada produces most of the world’s maple syrup.
- Canada’s best known theatrical event is the Stratford Shakespeare festival.
- Canada has the longest coastline of any country.
- Canada’s northern location gives it a generally cold climate.
- Service industries account for the majority of Canada’s gross domestic product.
- Farmland covers 7 percent of Canada’s land.
- Canada has vast energy resources.
- Two-thirds of Canada’s imports come from the United States of America.
- Canada’s rail system has 29,000 miles of track.
- Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline.
For more information about Canada try an educational website for kids.