Canada Facts for Kids

Interesting Canada Facts

Here are some interesting Canada Facts for Kids which were choosen and reseached by kids especially for kids.

Population: 35,4 million people (2014)

Capital: Ottawa with 870,000 inhabitants (2011)

Name: Canada

National Symbols: Maple Leaf and Beaver

Government: Democracy

Languages: English, French

Religion: mainly Christians (Roman Catholics and Protestants)

Currency: 1 Canadian Dollar (ISK)=100 Canadian cents

• History: Canada's biggest bay, Hudson Bay, was discovered in 1610.

Canada Map: Where is Canada?

Canada is in Northern America and shares borders with the United States of America. This is actually the longest international border in the world. It is 8,891km/5,525miles long.

The longest part of the border is shared with the US state of Alaska and is more than 2,475km/1,538miles long.

The map below shows the huge size of the country. Click on the + and - signs to zoom in or out of the map to see the provinces, territories and major cities.

Canada is the second biggest country in the world with 3,855,101 sqmiles or 9,984,670km2.

Canada Geography

Canada is a sparsely populated country, most of the people live close to the US-Canada border where the main urban areas such as Vancouver, Montreal, Quebec are.

Canada's longest river is the McKenzie River in the North West. The river is 2,635miles or 4,241km long.

The highest mountain in Canada is with 19,551ft or 5,959m the Mount Logan in the Yukon Territory at the border with Alaska.

Canada Attractions for Kids

Canada is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. There are many attractions for Canada visitors and kids will love to explore the amazing nature and wildlife. Families also can go on great canoe trips in the national parks.

But also the cities have lots to offer to families travelling with kids.

Here are our favorite Canada attractions for kids:

Niagara Falls: One of Canada's biggest tourist attractions, they were formed in the last Ice Age. the Niagara Falls are the largest waterfalls in Canada by volume of water.

Toronto: The CN Tower and the Roger's Center are great attractions in this city at the shores of Lake Ontario. Roger's Center is a huge stadium with the world's first retractable roof.

Quebec City: The Old Town was founded in 1608. Great to see the Frontenac castle buildings from the 18th and 19th century.

Vancouver: in the West of the country is great for outdoor sports. The Winter Olympics in 2010 took place in Vancouver.

Canada Facts for Kids: Economy

• Canada is the second largest oil reserve holder after Saudi Arabia. The province of Alberta leads in the production of oil and natural gas in Canada.

• Canada is the leader in uranium mining. And uranium is used in nuclear power plants for producing electricity.

• Canada is the world leader of Hydro Electricity.

• Canada is second in sawn softwood production after the USA.

• The province of Saskatchewan is the main agricultural province in Canada and grows 45% of Canada's grain such as wheat, canola, flax or rye.


Canada People

Canada has two official languages: English and French. Almost half of the population can speak both languages, but French is the main language in the Quebec province.

Life expectancy at birth is 81 years.

Literacy Rate is 99%.

We hope you enjoyed reading out Canada Facts for Kids. Make sure to bookmark this page, as we plan to add on more information to make this page even more interesting, not only for children:-)

Canada Facts for Kids References: BBC News: Canada Profile latest update 24 April 2014

Canada Statistics: Government of Canada official website

The Canadian Encyclopedia: various Geo quizzes, last accessed 3 September 2014

Picture credits: and (Clipboard: 1.Meysam Sadat-Mansouri, 2.Sumair ur Rahman and 3.Cindy Pepper)

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