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General facts

Population: 34.9 million

Capital: Ottawa

Official Languages: English and French

Currency: Canadian dollar

Religions: Christian

Motto: A mari usque ad mare (‘From sea to sea’)

National Anthem: O Canada

Interesting facts

Canada is the second largest country in the world by total area (Russia is the largest).

Canada is made up of 10 provinces and 3 territories.

Major cities include Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.

Canada has over 30,000 lakes.

The most popular sport in Canada is ice hockey.

The maple leaf is a Canadian symbol and features prominently on the national flag.

Its population density is 8.6 people per square mile, making it the ninth-most sparsely populated nation in the world.

Famous Canadians

Michael Buble – Singer

Michael was born on 9th September 1975. He’s well known for his jazz covers such as Moondance, Me and Mrs Jones and The Way You Look Tonight and his Christmas album, first released in October 2011 has become a classic. He’s married to Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato and has two sons.

Jim Carey – Actor

Jim was born on 17th January 1962 and is most famous for his comedy acting. He’s starred in comedy films such as Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar and The Mask.

Elizabeth Arden – Entrepreneur

Elizabeth Arden, whose actual name was Florence Nightingale Graham, was born on 31st December 1878. She was an entrepreneur who dropped out of nursing and founded cosmetics company Elizabeth Arden Inc. She died on 18th October 1966.

Lennox Lewis – Former World Heavyweight Boxer

Lennox was born on 2nd September 1965. He is 6 ft 5 inches tall and won a total of 41 fights out of 44 – 32 with knockouts. He retired from boxing in 2004.

Jack Warner – Film producer and co-founder of Warner Bros

Jack was born in Ontario on 2nd August 1892. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Poland and had 3 children there before moving to Canada, one of which was Sam Warner. Jack and Sam co-founded Warner Bros in 1910, which of course is still hugely successful today. Jack died on 9th September 1978.

More obscurely, did you know…

  • Montreal is the world’s second largest French speaking city after Paris!
  • Canada has six different time zones!
  • The coldest temperature ever recorded in the country was -63C (-81.4F)!

Do you require translations for Canada? Look on our French translation page to find out more about Canadian French.