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Canada has Harsh Winters

Aug 17, 2007
Canada is a country occupying most of northern North America. It is the worlds second largest country by total area and extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and northward into the Arctic Ocean. Canada shares land borders with the United States to the northwest and south.

It is a union of British colonies and it gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1982. It remains a Commonwealth Realm with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.

It is a federal constitutional monarchy with parliamentary democracy. It comprises ten provinces and three territories. Canada is a bilingual and multicultural country, with both English and French as official languages at the federal level.

The name Canada comes from a word in the language of the St Lawrence Iroquoians meaning village or settlement.

The Supreme Court of Canada is the highest court and final arbiter and is led by the Right Honourable Madam Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, P.C.

The population density of three and a half people per square kilometre it is among the lowest in the world. The country is sparsely populated. Most people congregate around urban centres and venturing into more remote rural areas, you may well have only the countries stunning scenery as your companion.

Average winter and summer high temperatures across Canada vary depending on the location. Winters can be harsh in many regions of the country, particularly in the Prairie Provinces, where daily average temperatures are near minus fifth teen degrees, but can drop below minus forty degrees with severe wind chills. Coastal British Columbia is an exception and enjoys a temperate climate with a mild and rainy winter.

On the east and west coast average high temperatures are generally in the low twenty degrees, while between the coasts the average summer high temperature range between twenty five to thirty degrees with occasional extreme heat in some interior locations exceeding forty degrees.

Official national sports are ice hockey in the winter and lacrosse in the summer. Hockey is a national pastime and the most popular spectator sport in the country. It is the most popular sport Canadians play.

Few countries in the world offer as many choices to the traveller as Canada. Whether your passion is skiing, sailing, museum combing or indulging in exceptional cuisine, Canada has it all. Western Canada is renowned for its stunningly beautiful countryside. Eastern Canada mixes the flavour and charm of Europe with the bustle of trendy New York. Wildlife viewing is at its best in Northern Canada.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Canada Rental Site
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