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terça-feira, 15 de maio de 2012


It is the second largest country in the world. It consists of ten provinces ( Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan) and three territories ( Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon). The Canada-United States border is the longest border in the world. The capital is Ottawa.

Canada is a Commonwealth Realm, which means Queen Elizabeth II is its monarch. Perhaps the most familiar Royal emblem is the portrait of the Queen, which is featured on the obverse of all Canadian coins.

The flag of Canada is also known as Maple Leaf. It symbolizes the nature and environment of Canada. As a matter of fact maple forests are the pride of Quebec and Ontario with their annual autumn display of beauty. In springtime the trees provide their most famous product: maple syrup.

Maple forests in Canada

Maple Syrup: before and after 

 Canada´s French- speakers make up about 25% of the total population. They are mainly based in just one of the ten provinces, Quebec.

VICTORIA DAY 2012- May 21
Canadians celebrate this holiday on the Monday before May 24 in honour of Queen Victoria´s birthday who became the longest reigning monarch in British History. She was only 18 when she took over the throne in 1837 and she ruled until her death in 1901. In some cities, fireworks displays or parades are held to mark Victoria Day. One of the most notable parades is held in the city of Victoria, British Columbia, which was named after Queen Victoria.

This holiday is also called May Long Weekend and marks the unofficial start of summer with many outdoor activities.  
In 1957, Victoria Day was permanently appointed as the current Queen's birthday in Canada.
The national Day of Canada is celebrated on July 1 to mark the anniversary of July 1, 1867- the Constitution Act, which united three colonies into a country called Canada, part of the British Empire (originally called the Dominion of Canada).

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