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Destination Canada, this page is about many aspects of the North American country. Here you will find comprehensive information about Canada in its diversity: geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government and history.
You will have access to newspapers from Canada and you will find extensive travel and tourism information for Canada and its Provinces and Territories.
Parliament
Parliament building on Parliament Hill, Ottawa
Photo courtesy City of Ottawa
 

Canada | Canadá | Kanada

Country Profile


Canada Flag
Flag of Canada

Background:
Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown.
The vast land in Northern North America is rich of natural resources, home to 41 national parks and hundreds of provincial parks, Canada is a natural playground!
The United Nations ranked Canada one of the best country in the world in which to live. Canada is globally recognized for its outstanding quality of life, stable, progressive political environment and one of the healthiest economies in the world. Economically and technologically the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across an unfortified border.


border countries: United States, Greenland
related countries: France, United Kingdom
 
Canada location map

Official Name:
Canada

ISO Country Code: ca

Actual Time:
Halifax, : Thu-Apr-17  09:29
Local Time = UTC -4h
Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Iqaluit: Thu-Apr-17  08:29
Local Time = UTC -5h
Winnipeg: Thu-Apr-17  07:29
Local Time = UTC -6h
Calgary, Yellowknife: Thu-Apr-17  06:29
Local Time = UTC -7h
Vancouver: Thu-Apr-17  05:29
Local Time = UTC -8h
Map of Canada's time zone anomalies.

Country Calling Code: +1

Capital City: Ottawa (pop. 1 million)

Other Cities:
Toronto (4.5 million), Montreal (3.4 million), Vancouver (2.0 million), Calgary (1 million), Quebec (500.000)

Government:
Type: Confederation with parliamentary democracy.
Independence:1 July 1867 (from the UK).
Constitution: The amended British North America Act of 1867 patriated to Canada on
17 April 1982, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and unwritten custom. (Constitution Act of 1982)

Geography:
Location: Northern North America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean on the east, North Pacific Ocean on the west, and the Arctic Ocean on the north.
Area: 9.9 million km² (3.8 million sq. mi.); second-largest country in the world.
Terrain: as vast as the country is, it offers many different landscapes, mountains, prairies, deserts, artic tundra, glaciers, valleys, foothills, rivers and lakes.

Climate: Varies from temperate in south to subarctic and arctic in north.

People:
Nationality: Noun and adjective--Canadian(s).
Population: 34.8 million (2012)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 34 444 (year)
Ethnic groups: British descent (28%), French descent (23%), Italian descent (3%), aboriginal peoples (2%), plus significant minorities of German, Ukrainian, Dutch, Greek, Polish and Chinese.
Religions: Religion: Catholic (45%), Protestant (36%) and minorities from most of the world's major religions.
Languages: English 59.3% (official), French 23.2% (official), and 53 native languages.
Literacy: 97-99% of population aged 15 and over.

Natural resources: Iron ore, nickel, zinc, copper, gold, lead, molybdenum, potash, silver, fish, timber, wildlife, coal, petroleum, natural gas, hydropower.

Agriculture products: Wheat, barley, oilseed, tobacco, fruits, vegetables; dairy products; forest products; fish.

Industries: Transportation equipment, chemicals, processed and unprocessed minerals, food products; wood and paper products; fish products, petroleum and natural gas.


Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Canada in numbers
Canada key statistical figures.
 


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Official Sites of Canada

Government of Canada
Gouvernement du Canada

The Official Canada Government Site.

Governor General
Represents The Queen (Queen Elizabeth II) who is the Head of State.


Government of Canada Departments and Agencies
Index of Government of Canada Departments, Agencies, Crown Corporations, Special Operating Agencies and various affiliated organizations.


Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Homepage of the Department.

Diplomatic Missions
Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations - Mission permanente du Canada auprès des Nations Unies

Canadian Embassy
Washington, D.C.
Canadian Embassies and Missions worldwide
Address List of Canadian Diplomatic Missions Abnroad.
Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Canada
Address List of Foreign Diplomatic Missions accredited to Canada.


Statistics
Statistics Canada
Canadian statistics and more.


Weather
Environment Canada
Official Canadian Weather.



Maps
Map of Canada
Administrative Map of Canada with international borders,
provincial boundaries, provincial capitals, major cities, and major airports.

Google Earth Google Earth Map Canada
Searchable map and satellite view of Canada.
Google Earth Google Earth Map Ottawa
Searchable map and satellite view of Canada's capital city.
Google Earth Google Earth Map Calgary
Searchable map and satellite view of Calgary City.
Google Earth Google Earth Map Montreal
Searchable map and satellite view of Canada's second largest city.
Google Earth Google Earth Map Quebec
Searchable map and satellite view of Quebec City.
Google Earth Google Earth Map Toronto
Searchable map and satellite view of Canada's largest city.
Google Earth Google Earth Map Vancouver
Searchable map and satellite view of Canada's third largest city.

More Maps:
Map of Canada
Interactive political map of Canada.
Canada Relief map
Interactive relief map of Canada.
Canadian Geographic Enterprises
Canada à la carte - various theme maps by the Canadian Geographic Magazine.

The National Atlas of Canada
Geography and Maps of Canada
Natural Hazards of Canada
Depicts the locations, types and magnitudes of significant natural disasters that have affected Canada.
Topographic Maps of Canada
Clickable maps to Canada's topography.

Canadian Geographical Names
Interactive and authoritative source of over 350 000 official and formerly official geographical names in Canada.
 

News from Canada

__Newspapers
Cananada Newswire
Canadian News Agency.
Canadian Newspaper Association
With "The Ultimate Guide to (Canadian) Newspapers".
The Canadian Press
Canada's national news and photo wire.
Canoe
Canada news, sports, entertainment.
The Globe and Mail
News, information, commentary and interactive discussion
from Canada and around the world.
Politics Watch - Canada's Political Portal
Provides political background information.
The Toronto Star
National and International News.

__TV/Radio
Cable Public Affairs Channel - cpac
Canada's Political Channel.
CBC - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Canada's national public broadcaster.
CBC4Kids
Science, news, music & more.
CBC News
Canada's Online News Resource.
CBC Radio
Listen to CBC Radio, Canada's National Broadcaster.
CTV
"CTV Inc. is Canada's pre-eminent broadcast communications company". CTV News
Current news from Canada and the world.
Radio Canada International
Canadas Voice to the World.
Radio Canada Nouvelles
Canada News (in French)
 

 

Arts & Culture

__Contemporary and Fine Arts

Art Gallery of Ontario
The eighth largest art museum in North America presents 1000 years of extraordinary art.
Canada Council for the Arts - Le conseil des arts du Canada
An agency which fosters the development of the arts in Canada through grants, services and awards. (Canadian artists only)
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints by First Nations, Inuit and contemporary Canadian artists.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Fine Arts collections.
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Contemporary Québec art and international contemporary art.
National Gallery of Canada
Musée des Beaux-Arts du Canada.
Vancouver Art Gallery
Contemporary art.

__Culture

Arts Canada
A guide to cultural events by CBC.
broken pencil
The guide to alternative culture in Canada.
CultureCanada.gc.ca
A window to the best Web sites about Canadian culture, heritage, sports and recreation.
Images Canada
Picturing Canadian Culture.
The No Name Party of Canada
Dedicated to making our interests the public's interests.
Radio-Canada.ca - Zone Culture
A spot on cultural events (in French)
Well Known People Who Happen to be Canadian
Canadian Celebs.

__Literature

Canlit - Canadian Literature Archive
Information about Canadian writers, novelists, poets, playwrights, essayists, Canadian literary organizations, magazines, publications, texts and library archives.

National Archives of Canada
Canada's archival heritage.
The National Library of Canada
National Library of Canada Home Page.

__Museums

Canada Aviation Museum
Airplanes from the Pioneer Era until Post-1960.
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Virtual Museum of Canada's Civilization.
Canadian Museum of Nature
More than a natural history museum.
Museum of Anthropology MOA
Objects and expressions of human creativity.
Museum of Civilization in Quebec City
Site of the Human Adventure.
Royal British Columbia Museum
The human and natural history of British Columbia.
Royal Ontario Museum
The ROM will inspire wonder and build understanding of human cultures and the natural world.
Royal Tyrrell Museum
Canadian dinosaurs.
Textile Museum of Canada
The permanent collection contains more than 10 000 textiles and spans almost 2 000 years and 190 world regions.
Virtual Museum of New France
History of the French exploration of North America.

Virtual Museum of Canada
A Guide to Canadian Museums and Galleries and other cultural institutions.

 
 

Business & Economy


__Banks and Stock Exchanges

Bank of Canada
Bourse de Montréal
The Montréal Stock Exchange.
National Bank of Canada
Royal Bank of Canada
TSX Group
The Toronto Stock Exchange.

__Business

BusinessGateway.ca - Portaildesaffaires.
BusinessGateway.ca provides a single access point to all the government services and information needed to start, run and grow a business.
Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters Inc.
Canada Business Service Centres (CBSC)
A central resource for Canadian business information.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Economy Online
Information on the Canadian economy, includes links to key Canadian economic indicators for the last ten years.
Strategis - Canada's Business Information Site
A guide to Canadian Business and Industries, Company Directories, Consumer Information.



__Transportation

_Airlines
Air Canada
Air Labrador
First Air
West Jet Air

_Bus
Coach Canada

_Railroad
British Columbia Rail
GO Transit
The Rocky Mountaineer
Ontario Northland
VIA Rail Canada
 
 

Destination Canada - Travel Guides

Discover Canada: hotel, accommodation, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, nature, biking, skiing, climbing, tours and much more.

About Canada
Extensive information on Canada for travelers, tourists and all who are interested in Canada.

Travel Canada
A comprehensive travel and tourism guide to Canada by the Canadian Tourism Commission.

Canadian Tourism Commission
The Official Business Site of the Canadian Tourism Commission.

CanadaInternational
Links to government services, information and resources, for citizens of other countries.

Oh Canada!
Canada and Canadians.


City Guides
Ottawa
The Official Website of Canadas Capital.
Ottawa SmartCapital gateway
Online services for all sectors of the City of Ottawa.

Toronto
Toronto's official website.

Montreal
The city of Montreal.

Vancouver
Official Vancouver website.


The Canadian Provinces and Territories
more links and travel information on Canada and its Provinces and Territories: the ten provinces and three territories: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon.

__ Canada Reference
Canada's Digital Collections
Home to hundreds of Web sites about Canada produced by thousands of young Canadians.
Canadian Information By Subject
An information service developed by the National Library of Canada to provide links to information about Canada.
Canadian Social Research Links
A collection of Canadian and US related Social Research Links.
Canadian Studies
A Guide to the Sources by John D. Blackwell.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Montréal skyline
Montréal skyline from the Old Port
Photo: © Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin



Education, Science & Research

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
Up-to-date information on Canadian higher education.
Canadian Communities Atlas Project
An Internet based network of Community Atlases that will be accessible to schools and the world.
Canadian Education on the Web
Canada's SchoolNet
Designed to promote the effective use of information technology amongst Canadians by helping Canadian schools and public libraries connect to the Internet.
Canadian Virtual University - Université Virtuelle Canadienne
A partnership of universities across Canada, committed to delivering university-level programs that can be completed from anywhere in the country or beyond.
Community Learning Network
Designed to help K-12 teachers integrate technology into their classrooms. 265 menu pages with more than 5,800 annotated links to free resources on educational WWW sites.
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
HSSFC promotes teaching, research, and scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.
Study in Canada
Informational site on educational studies in Canada.
Teaching & Learning About Canada
Information and links dealing with Canadian Geography, History, Politics, Society, Culture and Wildlife, Time Zones, Graphs and Tables and much more.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Social sciences and humanities.

Science
Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS)
Canada from space - plus a remote sensing tutorial.
- Tour Canada from Space
CCRS Images of Canada.
Canadian Space Agency
Be prepared for the future.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
Société géographique royale du Canada.
National Museum of Science and Technology
National Research Council
Canada's premier science and technology research organization.
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
The national instrument for making strategic investments in Canada's capability in science and technology.
Ontario Science Centre
 
 

Environment

Environment Canada's Green Lane
Environment Canada's Internet resource for weather and environmental information. The Green Lane TM helps connect Canadians, exchange information and share knowledge for environmental decision-making.

Canadian Biodiversity
Canadian Biodiversity Information Network
Official information site of Biodiversity in Canada.
The Canadian Biodiversity Web Site
Site about biodiversity and especially Canada's biodiversity.

Canadian landscapes and landforms
Parks Canada
A guide to Canadian National Historic Sites and National Parks.
Canadian Landscapes
A great collection of photos of Canadian landscapes and landforms.

Nature Conservation
Nature Canada
Site of Nature Canada, one of Canada's leading conservation groups.

Oceans
Canadian Waters
Web site about Canada’s oceans and fish habitat by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Wildlife
Canadian Wildlife Federation
The Hinterland Who's Who - Canadian Wildlife Service
Created in the early 1960s to interest the public in wildlife conservation, now online.
Space for Species
Monitor the movements of the eider, caribou, peregrine falcon, polar bear, and leatherback seaturtle using space technology.

Canadian Museum of Nature
More than a natural history museum.

 
 

History

Library and Archives Canada
Online access to resources, services and the collection of the Library and Archives Canada.

Canadian History
List of online resources about Canada's history by the Canadian Government.

The Atlas of Canada - History
Historical geography of Canada with maps.

The History of Canada Online
HCO is a browsable, searchable history textbook published by Northern Blue Publishing, with supporting resources, including image galleries and text libraries, timelines, quotations, learning activities and other features.

Canadian Heritage Gallery
A collection of historical Canadian pictures and photographs.

Canada - A Country by Consent
A Canadian history project.

Canadian Heritage Information Network
Gateway to museums, galleries, and heritage information.

CBC Archives
The site provides a timeline and radio and television clips from the archives of the CBC about Canada's newer history.

The history of Canada
Wikipedia articles about Canada's history, covering the period from the arrival of Paleo-Indians thousands of years ago to the present day.
 
 

First Nations

Assembly of First Nations - Assemblée des Premières Nations
Canadian The national representative organization of the First Nations in Canada.

American Indians online
OWNO page about the First Nations of North America.
 
 

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canada.com
Canadian related portal with news.
Maple Square
A Canadian Internet Directory.
Sympatico.ca
Sympatico portal and magazine.
La Toile du Québec
Canadian index in French.
VRL - The Virtual Reference Library
Canadian and international links selected by the VRL staff, Toronto Public Library.

Open Directory Project: Canada

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Wikipedia: Canada

The World Factbook -- Canada
 
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So, get up, stand up, and don't let it happen again and again and again.

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Article I
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.