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10 Facts about Canada – True North Strong and Free

  1. The average low for the month of January in Ottawa, Ont. is -14.4 C. That’s pretty cold. However, a temperature recorded in 1947 in Snag, Yukon makes the rest of Canada’s winter weather seem like a beach vacation. A temperature of -63 C was recorded in the small village of Snag on Feb. 3, 1947. That’s roughly the same temperature as the surface of Mars!
  2. Canada’s really big! Bigger than the European Union, more than 30 per cent larger than Australia, five times as big as Mexico and three times as big as India.
  3. Canada has lots of trees! Canada actually has 30 per cent of the world’s boreal forest and 10 per cent of the world’s total forest cover? An incredible 396.9 million hectares of forest and other wooded land can be found across the country — about 68 per cent of Canada’s forests are coniferous.
  4. We have national parks BIGGER than countries! Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories is an incredible 30,050 square kilometres — bigger than Albania and Israel.
  5. The Big Nickel in Sudbury, Ontario is the world’s largest coin. It is a huge reproduction of a 1951 Canadian nickel and measures 9 meters in diameter.
  6. Actor Leslie Nielsen is Canadian and his brother Erik was the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada for two years, from 1984 to 1986.
Canada Blog Image July 2015

Leslie and Erik Nielson, even when you become deputy Prime Minister you can still be upstaged by your brother wearing a dress.

  1. Canada basically got its name by mistake. When Jaques Cartier, a French explorer, came to the new world, he met with local Natives who invited them to their ‘kanata’ (the word for ‘village’. The party mistakenly thought the name of the country was “Kanata” or Canada.
  2. The Hotel de Glace in Quebec is built every year using 400 tons of ice and 12 000 tons of snow. Every summer it melts away and every winter it is rebuilt.
image ice for July 2015

This ice hotel in Quebec is rebuilt every year to open for three months. It takes 50 workers a month and a half to construct.

  1. Canada’s only desert in British Columbia is only 15 miles long and is the only desert in the world with a long boardwalk for visitors to walk on.
  2. Famous Canadians include Pamela Anderson, Leonard Cohen, Avril Lavigne, Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey.

    Canada Dat

    OH Canada

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A River Run Through Us: Facts about the Mighty Fraser

You may camp beside it, maybe you fish it. You may white water raft it or face it alone in a kayak with nothing but a wet suit and courage – and not to little upper body strength. The Fraser River is many things to many people, for some, the beautiful view they see from their porch in the morning, to others a source of food and life. Here are a few facts you may not have known about the Fraser.

  • The Fraser River /ˈfreɪzər/ is the longest river within British Columbia, Canada, rising at Fraser Pass near Mount Robson in the Rocky Mountains and flowing for 1,375 kilometres (854 mi), into the Strait of Georgia at the city of Vancouver.
  • It is the tenth longest river in Canada.
  • The river’s annual discharge at its mouth is 112 km3 (27 cubic miles or 3550 m3/s), and it discharges 20 million tons of sediment into the ocean.
  • The river is named for Simon Fraser, who led an expedition on behalf of the North West Company from the site of present-day Prince George almost to the mouth of the river.
  • The river’s name in the Halqemeylem (Upriver Halkomelem) language is Sto:lo, often seen archaically as Staulo, and has been adopted by the Halkomelem-speaking peoples of the Lower Mainland as their collective name, Sto:lo.
  • The river’s name in the Dakelh language is Lhtakoh.
  • The Tsilhqot’in name for the river, not dissimilar to the Dakelh name, is ʔElhdaqox, meaning Sturgeon (ʔElhda) River (Qox).
  • About 600 freighters use the Fraser River each year. These boats come from Korea, Japan, Australia, China, USA, South America and Europe!
  • There are more than 65 kinds of fish in the Fraser.
  • The Fraser River is home to six kinds of SALMON – it is one of the greatest salmon producing rivers in the WORLD!
  • All of Great Britain would fit into the Fraser River Watershed.

For more environmental information about the Fraser visit Davidsuzuki.org

Check out some beautiful photographs of the Fraser at http://photoblog.mrussellphotography.com/tag/fraser-river/

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