The world’s second largest country, Canada, has as vast an array of natural resources as it has landscapes. With prosperous agriculture, precious metals and petroleum, Canada is one of the world’s leading exporters, and with such varied terrain, it is also one of the most dynamic and beautiful countries in the world.
Canada has approximately 31 million residents and 13 different provinces and territories. Ontario is the most heavily populated and nearly 30% live in the combined region of the Prairie Provinces, British Columbia, the Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories.
Canada is one of the world's most multicultural countries, and has one of the world’s highest immigration rates. Ontario has a large population of French and British descendants, and many Chinese, Italian, German, Portuguese and Polish communities as well. Almost three-fourths of immigrants to Canada settle in Toronto and Vancouver, and nearly 14% of Vancouver’s population is Chinese. Toronto and Vancouver are two of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.
English and French are native languages of Canada. English is the principal language throughout Canada, though New Brunswick is an officially bilingual province and French is the official language in Quebec. As a bilingual nation, Canada offers superior English as a second language (ESL) and French as a second language (FSL) training for those who wish to learn either language. Canadian English has characteristics of both American and British English. For instance, they spell words like “organise” the same way the British do, but they pronounce the last letter of the alphabet “zee” like the Americans instead of “zed” as the British do. Furthermore, because of the region’s diversity, there are nearly 50 other languages spoken in Canada.
Comprised of a large pile of fries, cheese curd and gravy, Poutine is one of, if not the, most popular snacks in Canada. With restaurants dedicated to creating a variety of adaptations of this treat, it’s no wonder that creating the perfect Poutine is considered an art.