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July 1st, 2006

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01:28 pm - Oh Canada!

                   Happy 139th Birthday Canada =^-^=  Despite your horrid politicans that likes to throw our tax-payers' dollars to buy golf balls and your ever-rising tuition fees that's got us students working like maniacs to try and pay it, we still love you lol.  After having travelled through all 10 provinces and having the honour of witnessing for myself the vastness of this nation plus it's beauty, I have to admit, out of all the countries in the world, if I was given the choice to live anywhere, it would definitely, without a doubt have to be Canada.  With it's gorgeous scenery and peace-loving reputation, I can honestly say that when I visit other nations, I can hold my head up high proudly as I claim that I am Canadian.

~Click on the thumnails for larger images~

Map of Canada.  If you're not sure where we're located in accordance to the globe, Canada is on the North American continent right above the United States

And here we have Canada's National Emblem...the Beaver XDD  Real ferocious looking ain't it? Lol.  The beaver's a really cute animal actually, I've had the pleasure of seeing a few in the wild, mistook them for logs the first few times until I noticed the "logs" were floating against the water current XD

Another pic of the beaver.  That big flat thing it's sitting on is the tail, when it dives into the water it slaps the tail against the water's surface with a "splat!"

Beavers not only build dams and lodges, but they're awesome swimmers and great lumber-jacks too lol

The Parliament where all the political processes takes place.   The large tower in the middle with the Canadian flag on top is called the Peace Tower.

The back of the parliaments.  The large, roundish looking structure is the National Library.

Another picture of the back of the parliaments.  See that little building on the right hand side that's kind of peeking out from behin the trees? With the black roof, that's the Supreme Court.

Canada is also home to the CN Tower.  Located in the most heavily populated city in Canada, Toronto, it is the world's highest telecommunications tower.

A night view of the CN Tower

Here we have Niagara Falls, the world's largest water fall.  Niagara falls is actually split into 2 water falls, the Horshoe falls on the Canadian side (seen here) and the American's falls on the USA's side (the Niagara river is the border between the two nations).

Another photo of the Horshoe falls.  That little black thing you see heading into the misty falls is the Maiden of the Mist tourist boat that takes tourists right up to the falls.  You don't get to see too much since you're busy blinking water out of your eyes, but it's still pretty cool.

The American's side of the falls.

Canada's home to 4 of the 5 largest fresh water lakes in the world.  Known as the 5 Great lakes, they're located on the border of Canada and the USA in southern Ontario.  Only Lake Michigan belongs completely to the USA.

An aerial view of the Great Lakes.

The Rocky Mountains located on the border of the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.  The Rockies are breathtaking and a must-see for any tourist to Canada.

Whale-watching on the St. Lawrence river in Eastern Canada is an amazing expericence.  To see these gentle giants of the sea in person inspires an indescribable sense of awe and is a reminder to all of us that this is Mother Nature's planet and we need to share it with all of her creatures.

On the west coast along British Columbia is the best place to whale watch for Orcas also known as Killer Whales (although they're actually the largest species of dolphins, and not really whales).

Quick Facts on Canada:
31,592,805 (July 2001 est.)
9,976,140 sq km, slightly larger than the US
Confederation with parliamentary democracy
Canadian dollar (CAD)
Varies from temperate in south to subarctic and arctic in north
English 59.3% (official), French 23.2% (official), other 17.5%

For 7 years in a row the United Nations voted Canada "the best country in the world in which to live".

Canada's national Anthem:

For melody click here

English version:
O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

French version:
O Canada!
Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée,
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

For music scores/sheet music for O Canada, click below:
Page 1
Page 2

And so, that concludes my tribute to Canada on its 139th Brithday
Canada, you're the best, and on this day, more than ever, I'm glad and proud to be Canadian

Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

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Date:July 1st, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
I'm wearing a shirt that say's "Germany" I feel so un-canadian...
Date:July 2nd, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, yeah vive le Canada!-Ciao-james

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