Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Happy Canada Day!

Canada is 142 years old tomorrow! Here are some Canadian trivia :
  • Canada is the world's second largest country by total area (9,984,670 Km2), next only to Russia, or the size of the Philippines 33x!
  • To travel from Newfoundland to the Yukon Territory would mean crossing six time zones. From east to west the time zones are Newfoundland Time Zone, Atlantic Time Zone, Eastern Time, Central Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone, and the Pacific Time Zone. Average time difference is 1 hour between zones, which means if it is still 12:30 pm in British Columbia, it is already 4:30 pm in the Atlantic or 5:00 pm in Newfoundland.
  • The name "Canada" comes from the Huron and Iroquois word "Kanata" meaning "village".
  • Canada is proud and protective of its parks and wildlife. There are over 40 national parks across the regions. These National Parks protect the habitats, wildlife and ecosystem diversity of the natural regions. Parks Canada is the the governing body whose function is to protect the ecological integrity of the park, and secondarily to allow the public to explore, learn about and enjoy Canada's natural spaces.The biggest one is almost 45,000 km2 (Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada).

  • Canada is one of the largest mining nations in the world; the third largest diamond producing nation in the world; and world's leader in the production of potash and uranium.
  • The Trans-Canada Highway stretching for 7699 km (4784 miles), is the world's longest National highway. The highway’s start/finish points are St. John’s, Newfoundland (North America's oldest city) and Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. From the fishing villages of Atlantic Canada it makes its way along the mighty St. Lawrence, zips by Ottawa, shoots through the forests of northern Ontario, crosses the wide open prairies, and weaves through the Rockies.

This one is no trivia : Canada is home to more than 400,000 Filipino Canadians. It is said, 1 of every 2 Filipinos are in the Greater Toronto Area. Metro Vancouver is the next choice for Filipinos, followed by Winnipeg, Metro Calgary and Montreal.

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