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Considering Canada?

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If you are someone contemplating your move to Canada or a new immigrant who is settled in Canada you must have thought about what exactly this country is like. 

Different research indexes put a spotlight on Canada time and again for the quality of life it offers, a major reason it attracts immigrants who strive for a better life. 

The Immigrant Life provides you a peek into interesting and unique facts about Canada. 

Canada welcomes its new immigrants with open arms and has a number of programs in place to help you make this your new home. The Immigration Policy of Canada is among one of the most welcoming in the world with every one in four workers being an immigrant. Annual immigration in Canada amounts to around 300,000 new immigrants – one of the highest rates per population of any country in the world. 

Did you know that Canadian history does not begin with the arrival of European explorers? Natives have been living in the country that is now Canada for thousands of years. Learn more about Canada’s history

It is important to learn about the indigenous history of Canada and respect it. Indigenous Communities comprising — First Nations, Inuit and Metis  — have unique histories, laws and cultures depending on the lands and waters around them for sustenance for thousands of years predating the arrival of Europeans. 

Canada’s head of state is Queen Elizabeth. The political system follows the British model of parliament democracy and Prime Minister as the executive head. 

“O Canada” was proclaimed the national anthem of Canada in 1980. It has a English, French and Bilingual version. 

The famous Canadian flag with the maple leaf came into being only in 1965. . Maple trees, particularly the sap, served as an important food source to Canadian aboriginal people. 

An election constituency or electoral district is called a riding. 

English and French are the two official languages of Canada. 

Canada is the largest producer of maple syrup in the world. 

With its diverse landscape Canada is hugely rich in natural resources. Oil is one of the most abundant, making it the world’s fourth largest oil exporter. Other resources are water, oil, forest, precious metals, coal, fish, and uranium.

Canada has 7% of the world’s renewable fresh water. While Canada has some 20% of the world’s total freshwater resources only less than that — just about about 7% — is “renewable“. The rest of it is fossil water — retained in lakes, underground aquifers, and glaciers.

Have you ever thought about the vastness of this country? It is not a country, it’s a continent in itself. Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia. It is 68 times the size of Nepal and 11 times the size of Nigeria. However, it is one of the least densely populated nations with four people per square kilometer.  That population density in Nigeria is 216 people per square kilometer and 203 per square kilometer in Nepal.  

Canada’s climate is cold. Winters are harsh and summer mild. 

The Polar bears are the largest bears in the world and at least two thirds of the world’s polar bears are in Canada. 

Canada has ten  provinces and three territories. Canada has six time zones spreading over four and half hours. From east to west these time zones are — Newfoundland, Atlantic, Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific. 

Because of the extreme cold climate in the north, Canada is mostly inhabited in the south. The largest cities are Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. However, Ottawa is the capital of Canada. 

Canada is also popular for its stunning scenery. The vast expanse of Canada’s natural beauty, from mountains and glaciers to secluded lakes and forests, attracts a is almost unparalleled worldwide. From the Niagara Falls to Banff National Park to the winter paradise of Whistler there is much to see and enjoy in Canada. 

Canada has 48 national parks and national reserves. It also has the largest number of lakes in the world.

Aurora borealis’, the lights of the Northern Hemisphere, commonly known as Northern Lights  is one of the best attractions of Canada. 

Canadians  love hockey, especially ice hockey. But it is not the national sport. Lacrosse is. 

Poutine is one of the most popular Canadian foods — French Fries topped with cheese gravy that started in Quebec in the 1950s. 

Did you know? The Hawaiian pizza with pineapple topping was first created in Canada. 

A one-dollar coin is called loonie, and a two-dollar coin is called a toonie.

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