Today our neighbors to the north are celebrating Canada Day. July 1 marks the anniversary of Canada becoming an independent territory of England in 1867. The holiday is filled with parades, fireworks, festivals, displaying flags, and wearing red and white – the national colors of Canada.
Listen to O Canada, the national anthem.
Canada is the world’s second largest country (only Russia is bigger) and is home to approximately 35 million people. The country’s capital is Ottawa, located in the province of Ontario. Canada consists of 10 provinces and 3 territories. The landscape and climate varies greatly across the country. Some beautiful landmarks include the Canadian Rockies, Niagara Falls, and Hopewell Rocks.
The official languages are English and French.
The national sports of Canada are hockey and lacrosse. The beaver and the Canadian horse are the national animals.
Read about a typical day of an 11 year-old girl in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Compare her day to yours. What things are similar and what things are different?