Country of the Week: Canada


With an eye-catching red maple leaf on their flag, Canada has been recognized for its clean cities and its kind citizens. Get to know this friendly country more with these quick facts.
Continent: North America
Nicknames: Great White North, Lumberjack Country, Land of Maple Syrup
Capital: Ottawa
Most populous city: Toronto
Language(s): English and French
Current political leader: Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister
Currency: Canadian dollar
Major Religions: Christian
National costume: Indian/Aboriginal costumes
National symbol: Coat of Arms: The arms also contain symbols of England, France, Scotland and Ireland, as well as red maple leaves. You can find this coat of arms on dollar bills, government documents and public buildings. , National Symbol: The maple leaf, Animal: Beaver
Famous landmark: Niagara Falls, The CN Tower, Signal Hill, Peggy's cove, Banff, Halfner Creek
Movies filmed on-location: Brokeback Mountain, Titanic, Twilight, Blades of Glory, Mean Girls, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Catch Me If You Can, Rambo: First Blood, Chicago, The Day After Tomorrow, Juno
Famous people: Keanu Reeves, Elon Musk, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Jim Carrey, Ryan Gosling, Georges St-Pierre, Sandra Oh, Carly Rae Jepsen
Climate: Canada is known for having a variety of climates as the ocean currents, waters from the warm Atlantic and cold from Pacific, play a big role in the changes of weather. Two thirds of the country has very cold winters and has short summers, while somewhere in the center, it has the typical season with cold winters, hot summers, and a sizeable helping of precipitation.
Popular festivals: Montreal Jazz Festival, Winterlude, Pride Toronto, Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, Quebec Winter Festival, Toronto International Film Festival
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