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Canada is known for its wide open spaces, especially in the western provinces and northern territories. These are the lands of brisk winds and fresh waters, abundant wildlife, First Nations living by tradition, and the Northern Lights. In the farthest west, one is reminded of British Columbia and its Vancouver Island, where Victoria welcomes visitors from all over the world. On my first visit, I'd looked for the RCMP in traditional attire, only to find them on motorbikes, wearing yellow rainproof riding uniforms. Finding Cuban cigars in the tobacconists' shops was another surprise - since the US maintains its 1960s embargo against Cuba, I'd never seen such a cigar. Large Numbers of First Nations peoples were everywhere as well. The Calgary Stampede- This huge rodeo event is a celebration of the Old West in Canada. Many people from Alberta seam to wear cowboy hats, attesting to the province's history of horses, cattle, pigs, and bison, and agriculture.
Many elements of events similar to US state fairs occur at the Stampede as well, and a Grandstand offered several professional appearances by entertainers. See more at The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. This territory bears crosses country borders to extend into the Alaskan Yukon. The poet and writer Robert W. Service (1874-1958) wrote much of his famous poetry during the Gold Rush era in the Canadian Yukon. He wrote additional stories and other materials about northern Canada. First settled in the early 1600s, this territory was admitted to Canada as such on April 1, 1999. A colder land area, the temperature does not rise much above 60º F in the summer. Nunavut is an Inuktitut language word for "Our Land" and Inuit and Inuit-related nations live here. The local economy is made up of First Nations traditional animal husbandry activities and the mining of metals. Very few roads exist in Nunavut and people sue dog sleds, snowmobiles, and airplanes.
The Northwest Territories were admitted to Canada in 1870. This is another cold place that is known for lumbering and forestry, cold mining, and oil and natural. Nearly 50% of the population is made up of the First Nations peoples that first arrived in what is now Canada approximately12,000 years or longer ago. In addition, some historians and anthologists think that an earlier wave of immigration may have occurred approximately 25,000 years previous to that. Regardless, it is more or less a First Nations land, with traditional activates adding to the economy. Settled in 1774, this land became a province in 1905 and growing wheat is its main industry. Oil and natural gas are also a part of the economy, along with uranium and gold mining, and other minerals. Saskatchewan is the province where the training facility of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is located. The RCMP website tells us that March is Fraud Prevention Month.
Riding Mountain National Park. Magazines and other printing and publishing are big industries in Manitoba. Ontario was settled in the early 1600s and also admitted to the nation in 1867. Its capital, Toronto, is the largest city in North America. Its City of Ottawa is the capital of the nation. Although Ontario is known for agriculture and minerals, it is also well known for tourism and outdoor sports, especially water sports. Downtown Toronto is home to not only a large Chinatown and the largest bookstore in the world, but to the University of Toronto and CBC Television, from which has been broadcast the Red Green Show. Settled early in the 1600s, Quebec became a province in 1867. Over 80% of its residents claim French as their first language. A colleague of mine lives in Quebec City and speaks no French, while her next door neighbors speak no English, making for difficult communications.
The local economies are based in agriculture, lumber, manufacturing industries, tourism, minerals, and refining petroleum, as well as some other businesses. Settled in 1604, this land became a province in 1867 as well. Industries include fishing, forestry/lumber, mining, hydroelectricity, and tourism. This is the smallest province (center province on the map to the right), settled in 1723 and admitted to the Confederation in 1873. Main industries are agricultural, including food crops, cattle and pigs, and tobacco; along with tourism. This "New Scotland" is in the far eastern portion of the Canadian Provinces and is very well known for its fishing industry. I've known individuals that have followed in their families' decades-old fishing and fish processing industries quite successfully. The province was settled in 1605 and admitted into the Confederation of Canada in1867, the same year as many others were admitted - just after the US Civil War. By some reports, Newfoundland was founded in 1000 AD by Vikings from Northern Europe, although much older evidence of First Nations peoples has been found in this province. In fact, First Nations lived in this land at least 9,000 years ago in 7,000 BC.