There are seven continents in the world. Each one is unique. North America is one of these continents. The country of Canada is part of the North American. The geography of Canada is spectacular. Canada is the official name of the country. The borders of Canada include the Unites States of America, the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean and the Arctic Ocean. The total square kilometers in Canada are 9,984,670. This means Canada is slightly larger than the United States. The country’s capital is Ottawa. Other interesting facts about Canada’s geography include its terrain and natural resources. The lowest point in Canada is the Atlantic Ocean at zero meters above sea level. The highest point is Mount Logan at 5,959 meters above sea level. Canada’s abundant natural resources include iron ore, nickel, zinc, copper, gold, lead, molybdenum, potash, diamonds, silver, fish, timber, wildlife, coal, petroleum, natural gas and hydropower. Canada is the second largest country in the world. The people who live in Canada are called Canadians. The population of the country is 33,390,141 as of July 2007. The average life expectancy is about eighty years. The main languages spoken in Canada are English and French. The literacy rate, the ability of someone fifteen years or older to read and write, is ninety-nine percent. Canadians enjoy sports and other leisure time activities. The most popular sport in Canada is hockey. Another favorite activity for this country is a game called curling. Two teams are needs to play this game. It involves sliding a large ”stone” on ice in the hopes of it coming to rest on the bull’s eye of a target. The team with the most points wins. The foods Canadians enjoy are very similar to Americans with a few exceptions. French fries are eaten with gravy or salt and vinegar. Residents close to the Atlantic Ocean enjoy seafood, especially lobsters. In Newfoundland citizens find cod tongue and cheeks tasty. The schools in Canada are quite similar to the United States. Students begin school at the age of six and usually attend classes through twelfth grade. In Quebec, students who speak English as their main language go to an English speaking school. All other students, including immigrants, attend French speaking schools. The economy of Canada plays a major role in the life of all its citizens. The currency used in Canada is called the Canadian dollar. Manufacturing is one part of the economy of Canada. The main items made my humans and machines include transportation equipment, chemicals, processed and unprocessed minerals, food products, wood and paper products, fish products, petroleum and natural gas. Another area that supports the Canadian economy is agriculture. Farmers raise wheat, barley, fruits and vegetables. Other agricultural products include oilseed, tobacco, forest products, fish and dairy products. Exports provide a great source of revenue to Canada. The country’s main exports include motor vehicles and parts, industry machinery, aircraft, telecommunications equipment, chemicals, plastics, fertilizers, wood pulp, timber, crude petroleum, natural gas, electricity and aluminum. The main countries Canada trades with are the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan. Imports are also important to the economy of Canada. Imports include machine and equipment, motor vehicles, crude oil, chemicals, electricity and durable consumer goods. The main import partners are the United States, Mexico and China. The people, geography and economy of Canada make it an interesting country to study.
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