Welcome to the website that is All About Canada. Here you will be able to educate yourself on the history of Canada, it’s resources, its people, tourist sites, places of interest, and so much more.
Let’s begin by discussing a little bit about Canada in general, it’s geographical location, and it’s background. Canada is a country located north of the United States of America.
It is made of of 10 provinces. A large portion of the North American continent is occupied by Canada. It shares its southern land borders with the US, and it’s northwest Alaskan border, which is a state of the USA. The country spans from the East Coast Atlantic Ocean to the West Coast’s Pacific Ocean. The northern coast leads to the Arctic Ocean. land-wise,it is the 2nd largest country in the world, and it contains 92 fresh water lakes. The capital city of Canada is Ottawa which is located in the southeastern area of the Province of Ontario. Ottawa is located just off the southern bank of the Ottawa River which is directly across from Gatineau, Quebec. In the 1600’s the French migrated to Canada primarily for the intentions of fur trading. The first settlement that was permanent was in a city they called Quebec City, which is the same location as the present day province of Quebec. Currently, about 7 million Canadians speak the French language, which is around 20% of the population. The majority of the rest of its population speaks English. However, most of the French speaking natives presently living in Canada reside in Quebec, the primary area where the French originally settled.
Let’s take a glance at some of Canada’s famous major large Cities:
Ottawa – it’s population is over 800,000 with approximately 37% of it’s population speaking both English and French. The name “Ottawa” is derived from the word adawe, which means “the act of trading”… Which is referring to the areas original settlers who would use the river to trade goods, hunt and fish, crop and plant, and other typical customary actions. The area has 3 major rivers that intersect which made it a crucial location for trading and travel routes for its early settlers. The diameter of Ottawa is just over 1,000 miles in distance.
Toronto – Canada’s largest populated city, (close to 3 million in total population) and the 4th largest in all of North America. It’s a world-wide hub for business and finance, and consists of a diverse culture which allows it to often be considered as one of the world’s most desirable and livable cities. Villages were formed in the Toronto area dating back to the 1700s (then referred to as the town of York). It wasn’t until 1834 that these villages expanded to become what we now refer to as the City of Toronto. Toronto has many historic landmarks and sights to see. The famous CN tower, which defines the Toronto skyline, standing at over 1800 feet tall, is the National Tower of Canada. It is one of the must see attractions in Toronto and is admired by tourists and visitors all year long. Toronto is also the home to the Major League Baseball Team, the Toronto Blue Jays. They were a Major League Baseball expansion team in 1977. They originally played their home games in Exhibition Stadium which was renovated to accommodate baseball games. Currently their home stadium is The Rogers Centre which was constructed in the late 1980s and had its opening day in 1989. It was the first official baseball stadium with a retractable roof which would allow baseball games, as well as any other sporting event, to be played indoors or outdoors, despite the weather, rain or shine.
Montreal – The city of Montreal was first named Ville Marie which received its name from a hill named Mount Royal located in the center of the city. It’s population is just over 2 million people which consists of approximately 75-100 different ethnicity’s. There are many top-rated restaurants, museums, and attractions. It consists of 19 boroughs each consisting of many different sights to see filled with different cultures and architectural designs. Second to Paris, Montreal is the 2nd largest French speaking city in the world, with a large portion of it being multi-lingual, with the ability to speak up to three or four different languages. Montreal was first recognized world-wide when it hosted the 1976 summer Olympics as well as the 1967 Expo. Montreal is also known for its active nightlife, consisting of restaurants, clubs and music venues. It draws in thousands of tourists each year and has many attractions to appeal to people of all ages.
Vancouver – is a beautiful area on the west coast sea shore located in the British Columbia area of Western Canada. It is most known for its relaxing, breath-taking views of the mountains that surround it. It has a population of just over 600,000. It’s name was derived from and explorer named George Vancouver who navigated the inner harbor of the area’s coastline. The primary language spoken in Vancouver is English, and second is Chinese. However, there is a wide-variety of other secondary languages spoken that consist of French, German, Italian, and Spanish, to name a few. Due to its north western location, it has very mild temperatures consisting of dry summers and wet winters. It has its own unique culture and is often refereed to as “The Hollywood of the North” due to its combination of natural beauty and stunning unique architecture. There are many interesting sights to see in Vancouver that include the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, the Vancouver acquirement, cruises along the harbor, art galleries, and the breath-taking Vancouver lookout, to name a few.