On July 1st, Canada will turn 144 years old. There’ll be celebrations happening in communities all over the country. To find out what’s happening in neighbourhoods near you, check your local municipality website.
In honour of Canada Day, here are a few reasons that make me proud to be a Canadian.
Canada is often ranked as one of the best places in the world. According to the United Nations Human Development Index, Canada has the highest quality of life. Statistics Canada reports that the life expectancy of Canadians is at 80.7 years old and that’s not even that old in my books.
Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary made the top 10 most liveable cities in 2011 according to the Mercer Quality of Living Survey. National Geographic recently mentioned Muskoka Cottage Country as the best place to visit in summer 2011. They have good taste; it’s a beautiful region to visit.
This amazing country spans 9,984,670 square kilometres and is the second largest country in land mass, but we only have a projected population of 34.5 million people. With only three people per square kilometre, Canada has the fourth lowest population density in the world. BUT, we hold 20% of all the fresh water supply and 10% of the world's forest cover.
People say please and thank you and sorry all the time. As the stereotype goes, we’re a country full of nice people and for the most part, I would say that’s true.
So if those aren’t enough Canadian facts for you, here are few more interesting ones for your books:
- Hudson’s Bay Company is the oldest chartered trading company in the world
- The longest running TV show in Canada, since 1955, is "Hockey Night In Canada " on the CBC (surprise, surprise)
- In Victoria, BC, it is illegal for buskers to give out balloon animals to children
- Canadians consume more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world
This Friday, I’ll be wishing Canada a very happy birthday.
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