Canada is a North American country stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north. Major cities include massive Toronto, west coast film centre Vancouver, French-speaking Montréal and Québec City, and capital city Ottawa. Canada’s vast swaths of wilderness include lake-filled Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains. It’s also home to Niagara Falls, a famous group of massive waterfalls.
Interesting facts about Canada
- Canada spans 9 984 670 sq km and comprises 6 time zones.
- Canada is home to the longest street in the world.
- While we’re talking ‘longest’, here’s another record: Canada has the world’s longest coastline at 202,080 km.
- The Canadian motto, A Mari Usque ad Mare, means “From sea to sea.”
- The Blackberry Smartphone was developed in Ontario, at Research In Motion’s Waterloo offices.
- Canada holds the record for the most gold medals ever won at the Winter Olympics, taking 14 Gold’s at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
- The Mounted Police was formed in 1873, with nine officers. In 1920, the group merged with the Dominion Police to become the famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which today has close to 30 000 members.
- Canada is home to approximately 55,000 different species of in sects.
- Canada officially got its own national flag on February 15, 1965 — almost 100 years after it became a country (in 1867).
- Canada’s official languages may be French and English, but our geese have their own language: scientists believe that Canada geese have as many as 13 different calls for everything from greetings and warnings to happiness.
Justin Pierre James Trudeau PC MP is a Canadian politician who is the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada and the Leader of the Liberal Party.
Prime minister: Justin Trudeau
Population: 35.16 million (2013) World Bank
Queen: Elizabeth II