A Few Facts About Canada

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 1st Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3cuxx3x9/
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This is a synopsis of Canada written for my Internet friends across the world. Of course there is a lot more to Canada than this article has noted.

Canada became a nation

July 1st was Canada day the day that Canada became a nation in 1867. There were only four provinces that entered confederation at the time. The provinces were Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Today Canada has 10 provinces and three territories.

The first Prime Minister of Canada was Sir John A. MacDonald.

Canada still has ties to the UK

Canada is a sovereign country, we are self governing, but we still has traditional ties to the British Commonwealth.

The governing system of Canada is based on the British Westminster system of government.

The British North America Act was enacted in 1867, where Canada still remained within the British Commonwealth.

The Statute of Westminster in 1931 removed the power of Britain to rule over Canada.

The Constitution of Canada was modified again in 1982 with the Canada Act or Constitution Act.

We are a sovereign nation ruling over our own affairs, not subject to British rule as some people think.

We do have a modified British system meaning - style of government, and we have the Governor General. The present Governor General is David Johnston, and se is the traditional (not a position of power) Queen's representative in Canada.

Celebrating Canada Day

The two official languages in Canada are English and French

Most Canadians speak English.

Quebec is a French-speaking province, there are also pockets of French communities in other parts of Canada.

Canadian Legal System:

English Canada follows the English civil law system in which, cases are tried according to precedent (how similar cases in the past have been tried) and the French Napoleonic Code in Quebec, where cases are tried by codes or statutes fashioned by the French (France) legal system.

In other words Quebec's system of government is different from the rest of Canada, the highest court of Quebec is the supreme court of Quebec, however the highest Court in the land is The Supreme Court of Canada.

Today Canada has:

Three Maritime Provinces: Four (Atlantic Provinces)

Newfoundland (Atlantic)

Prince Edward Island

Nova Scotia

New Brunswick

Central Provinces:

Quebec ( though in Quebec we see ourself as just outside Eastern Canada and not Central)


Prairie Provinces:




Pacific or West Coast

British Columbia

Three Territories:

North West Territories



Canada is the second geographically largest country in the world; only Russia is larger. Canada is a total area of 9.9 million square kilometers (3.8 million square miles).

Canada occupies most of North America, and touches three oceans, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and from the Artic circle to Canada/United States Border.

The Canada/United States border is the longest land border in the world. Canada also has the third most freshwater supply in the world, Brazil has the most and Russia comes after that.

The majestic Canadian Rockies are the northern most part of a chain of mountains that comprise all of North American and descend into South America where they are known as the Andes Mountains.

Canada is 148 years old, and we love our country, we also celebrate in style.

There is the celebration of course, fireworks, parades, skits, concerts, and all kinds of festivities going on.

I once went and had a piece of Canada's birthday cake made here in Montreal, a cake that was made to serve 2,000 people,

Now that I am disabled, I do very little outdoor activities.

All photos taken from the public domain
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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
1st Nov 2015 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar Kingwell
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

I am a proud Canadian although I was born before NL became a province of Canada. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
4th Nov 2015 (#)

My mother had a school-friend and bridesmaid who moved to Canada (BC) nearly 50 years ago, so the family have had a link with Canada for a long time. My mother has just turned 100 and the friend will do so in December!

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author avatar Carol Roach
4th Nov 2015 (#)

wow guys live so long in England, we rarely make it to that age hear 80 is more the norm

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author avatar Retired
4th Nov 2015 (#)

We don't all make it to 100! And it could be the wonderful Canadian air that is preserving my mother's friend in Vancouver!

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author avatar Carol Roach
5th Nov 2015 (#)

funny my Canadian air is polluted lol

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author avatar Susan Hauck
5th Nov 2015 (#)

Great post! I enjoyed reading about your country. The actual size of Canada is bigger than I would have guessed!

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author avatar Susan Hauck
5th Nov 2015 (#)

And congrats on your gold star!

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