When I think of Canada, I think of friendly and polite people, a variety of breathtaking landscapes, the Northern Lights, polar bears, Santa Claus, and maple syrup. I have long been fascinated by Canada and everything that it has to offer. To help spread the love of this wonderful country and its delightful people, I’ve created what I hope to be an entertaining book filled with fun facts, interesting tidbits, and short stories. It’s my belief that when we learn more about other people and places, it opens up our hearts and our perspectives and makes our lives so much richer. Here’s hoping you learn a few things, laugh a little, and find a few fun facts to share with others.
CANADA’S NAME AND WHAT IT MEANS: The word “Canada” comes from the word “Kanata,” a North American Indian (Huron) word meaning “village” or “settlement” in their Iroquoian language. Legend has it that when the French explorer Jacques Cartier was meeting the native people in 1535, they invited him to come to visit “Kanata” or, in other words, their village. He thought it meant the name of the entire land and the name stuck.
OTHER NAMES IN THE RUNNING: Not everyone wanted the country to be named Canada. In 1867, several alternative names were proposed. Here are just a handful with their meanings:
– Britannia – Another name for Britain.
– Borealia – Borealis is Latin for “Northern.”
– Cabotia – Named after the Italian explorer, John Cabot, who explored and mapped out the eastern coast of Canada for England.
– Efisga – In order to represent all of the people in the land, this acronym was created by using the first letter of each: “English, French, Irish, Scottish, German, and Aboriginal.”
– Transatlantica – Crossing the Atlantic.
– Victorialand – In honor of Queen Victoria.
– Superior – “Higher in rank, status, or quality.”
WE MADE IT TO ASIA! OH WAIT… The Italian explorer John Cabot, who landed in Canada in 1498, originally thought he had arrived in Asia.
CANADA’S QUEEN. Queen Elizabeth II of England is also the Queen of Canada and the head of the state. Canadians can order a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and have it shipped to them for free.
ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE. As of 2019, the current prime minister elected by the people is Justin Trudeau. Before he became the prime mister in 2015, Justin Trudeau had a variety of jobs including working as a nightclub bouncer and a snowboarding instructor.
HOW CANADA IS DIVIDED UP. There are ten provinces and three territories in Canada.
THE LANGUAGES OF CANADA. Canada has two official languages: English and French. Almost half of the population can speak both languages. In the province of Quebec, French is spoken by more than 90 percent of the population. In fact, after Paris, the Canadian city of Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world.
NATIONAL SYMBOLS. Canada’s national symbols are the maple leaf, the beaver, Canada goose, common loon, the Crown, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the totem pole, and Inuksuk (a man-made stone landmark or cairn).
THE FLAG OF CANADA. After 40 years of discussions and thousands of designs, a decision was finally made and Canada’s red and white flag was raised for the first time on February 15, 1965.
Catherine Svilicic never would have guessed her rescue dog would act out with aggression towards her young 17-month-old baby! When a mother sees her own child being tossed like that, they fear for her child’s life of course, and her precious face. A young baby like that would hopefully not need cosmetic surgery to fix claw marks on her delicate face. Thus, on that fateful morning, she ran with her baby to shelter, but what happened next revealed something about her new dog’s intentions.