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Around the World in 8 Days: Canada

Oh Canada! It’s a sight to see.

From sunset in Hanson Island (above) where researchers study the orca whale, to the bison-roaming plains of Grasslands Park, Canada’s geography is helping to protect some of the world’s biggest species.

Canada is a country in North America consisting of 10 provinces and 3 territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean. At 9.98 million square kilometres in total, Canada is the world’s second-largest country by total area, and its common border with the United States is the world’s longest land border shared by the same two countries.

The land that is now Canada has been inhabited for millennia by various Aboriginal peoples. Beginning in the late 15th century, British and French colonial expeditions explored, and later settled, the region’s Atlantic coast. Today, Canada is a federal parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, with QueenElizabeth II as its head of state. [And French and English are both official languages of the country.] (Wiki)