image courtesy of geology.com copyright 2006
Canada Day, Fête du Canada, is our national day, a federal statutory holiday that celebrates the July 1st anniversary of the Constitution Act of 1867.
Canada is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, Hudson’s Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and the United States of America.
Canada has less than 1/2 of 1 percent of the world’s population. Wendy, Jen, Sean, Barb and Frank Eves are 5 of the approximately 34 million people in Canada. Our population may be small, but we inhabit the second largest country in the world. My youngest daughter recently enjoyed a ‘road trip’ on Canada’s national highway, at 7,604 km, the longest in the world. We have 9.2 percent of the world’s freshwater resources and 25 percent of global wetlands. We also have 10 percent of the world’s forest cover and 30 percent of the world’s boreal forest. Fresh water and trees are important today, but will become a very big deal in the near future.
Canada is fortunate to have abundant natural resources including coal, diamonds, fish, hydropower, natural gas, petroleum, potash, timber and wildlife. We also have copper, gold, iron ore, lead, molybdenum, nickel, silver and zinc.
- potash (glass, soap, and soil fertilizer) reserves, rank #1 in the world
- oil reserves, rank 2nd to Saudi Arabia
- uranium reserves, rank 5th with world’s two largest high-grade deposits discovered to date
- we even rank 6th in diamonds
Happy Canada Day!