Canada The Great White North
The Great White North
Canada is an extremely beautiful country with a largely diverse landscape and population. I am happy to call Canada my home. I feel extremely lucky to have been born in such a wonderful country.
I want to share with you a bit about Canada and why I think this country is so great. If you have never been to Canada you really should make it one of your travel destinations.
I was born in Ottawa Ontario Canada which is the capital city of Canada. It was a great city to grow up in. The culture, the architecture, the weather and so much more are very hard to beat in my mind as far as northern cities in the new world are concerned.
I now live across this massive land 2000 kilometers away in a western city which is so different from Ottawa you wouldn’t even think we were in the same country. You can drive for hours on end in the same Canadian province where in western Europe you would have traveled through many different Countries driving the same distance. that is just how vast this country is. Every region of Canada is so different from the next because of the sheer size of this Country.
The Second Largest Country in the World
Canada the 2nd largest country in the world area wise is approximately 9,984,670 square kilometres or 3,855,100 square miles in size. Russia is the largest country at approximately 17,098,242 square kilometres or 6,601,668 square miles.
China is the 3rd largest area wise and the United States is 4th at 9,629,091 square kilometres or 3,717,813 square miles.
Canada’s population in 2010 is approximately 34,600,000 which does not even get on the top 10 list of largest country populations in the world.
The largest populations in the world are China at the top with 1,340,760,000. India is second and the United States is third for population. So you can see we have a massive amount of land and not a massive amount of people which is fine by me.
There is a lot of space to roam in this fine country if you want to.
Canada is divided up by 10 provinces and 3 territories. It’s not official but if you are a Canadian I think most will agree that we think of the country as being western Canada, Eastern Canada, The Maritimes and The Territories.
Attributes of Canada
There is a bit of a rivalry between western and eastern Canada with the Canadian Football League and even in the National Hockey League which extends to the United States with more teams there but the Canadian Hockey Teams definitely have a great rivalry between each other, especially in the east with the older teams like Montreal and Toronto.
Sports are big in this country and yes hockey is a big sport here. Amateur hockey is huge no matter where you are in the country. Football is big and so is curling and lacrosse.
I mentioned at the beginning that Canada is beautiful and no matter what you might think beautiful is, there is something for everyone. The Maritimes with the Atlantic Ocean surrounding, Quebec with its huge Maple Tree’s and Maple syrup and old architecture and French culture.
Ontario offers up big city life in places like Toronto or Ottawa. Ontario is where you will find Niagara Falls which are a must see. Ontario even has some great wineries and of course the Great Lakes.
Northern Ontario is covered with forests and the most beautiful scenery.
Ontario and the Prairie Provinces
Next to Ontario is Manitoba which I personally think has just as much water covering ground area than ground itself. Lake Winnipeg is a monster of a lake which must be as big as one of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie.
Manitoba’s southeast side turns into prairie and the north forests and lakes. Saskatchewan is the next province to the west of Manitoba. Saskatchewan is known for prairies in the southern part of the province and forests and lakes to the north.
There is great hunting and fishing in the north. Saskatchewan is the world’s largest producer of Potash. Cypress Hills lies in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Montana in the United States and Cypress Hills was the only area of land which was not covered by the last ice age.
Alberta and British Columbia
Alberta which has prairies to the east and the Rocky Mountain foothills to the west even has a glacier in the province. Other beautiful place’s to see in Alberta are Jasper National Park and Banff.
The cities of Calgary and Edmonton are also hot spots and must see’s. Next to Alberta is British Columbia. The Canadian Rocky Mountains run through this province from north to south. Forests everywhere you go.
In B C there are wineries in the Kelowna region. British Columbia is situated along the Pacific coast. Vancouver city is in British Columbia situated beside the ocean.
There are many beautiful islands along the west coast of Canada, Vancouver Island is one of them and Victoria Canada can be seen there. Victoria is one of those beautiful places I was mentioning.
If you ever make it to British Columbia make sure you visit Victoria. Even if you live in Canada already you should consider visiting Victoria.
North of the western provinces in Canada you will find the 3 territories. Yukon Northwest Territories and Nunavut. In Yukon about 75% of the territories population live in the capital city Whitehorse.
Great Bear lake is in the Northwest Territories and is the 8th largest lake in the world. Nunavut which is 85% inuit people is the largest territory.
On Baffin Island in Nunavut the Inuit people can still be found fishing trapping and hunting for survival. Like I said before the land and people are very diverse here in Canada.
There is just so much to see in this great country I call home. It would take many more articles to cover it. So maybe I will put them on my list.
My experience growing up and living in Canada has been a good one.
Most people are very friendly here. There are a lot of job opportunities for whatever your career interests might be.
I don’t want to forget to mention that having the United States south of Canada is also great. They are a good neighbour to have.
If you are ever looking for somewhere in the world to visit and explore then please consider Canada, I know you won’t regret it.
The Canadian Flag
© 2010 Grant Handford