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The population of Canada is over 24 million people. In the country there
are 330,000 Indians and 25,000 Eskimos, who live mostly in the North.
Today more than 40 per cent of the people of Canada came originally from
Britain, about 30 per cent from France and 20 per cent from other countries.
The capital of Canada is Ottawa. Other large important towns are
Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Hamilton, Winnipeg and
The provinces of Quebec, Ontario
and British Columbia, with their
great forests, produce wood for
paper-making and building.
Montreal, the only city with more than one
million inhabitants, is an important
economic centre and port in Canada.
The two towers, rising 20 and 27 stories, are located in the
city center in Nathan Phillips Square. A reflecting pool
under the arches is used as an
ice-skating rink in the winter.
Toronto is the center of most populous area in
Canada and the capital of province of Ontario. Toronto is
located on the north shore of Lake Ontario in Canada. The
region is known as the «Golden Horseshoe» and is rich in
agriculture and industry. It is well placed to trade with all of
Canada, the United States, and the world.
The Royal Ontario Museum is Canada's
Public Museum, made grander by a recent $55 million renovation and
expansion project. Opened in 1914 the Museum today attracts more than one
million visitors a year. Among its impressive holdings, which number more than
six million
objects and specimens, are a Roman gallery, housing the country's most
extensive collection of antiquities; the famous dinosaur gallery, with a
mastodon, stegosaurus, and other prehistoric creatures in jungle settings; a
textile collection with costumes and richly patterned
fabrics; the Chinese collection, with 800 pieces displayed in traditional room
settings and special gallery areas. Of particular note are the giant stone
camels and guardian figures of the Ming Tomb, the only Chinese tomb in the
Western world. There are also galleries
devoted to artifacts of Ontario and Canada.
Next door is the McLaughlin Planetarium where the Theater of the Stars
uses 85 slide and video projectors to create planets, exploding stars, and other
galactic phenomena
The Sigmund Samuel Building, a few blocks south of the
Museum building, focuses on Canada's rich cultural
heritage with displays of antique toys, cooking utensils, oil
paintings, pottery and sculpture. The George R. Gardener
Museum of Ceramic Art, the only museum specializing in
ceramic in North America.
Niagara Falls
Every year more than 12 million people come to Ontario to see the
natural phenomenon knows as Niagara Falls. Many are just married,
although no one is quite sure how that tradition got started. They come to
see the combined cascading power of the 54-metre Canadian Falls - knows as
Horseshoe Falls - and the American Falls, which soars to 56 meters.
There is a variety of ways to view the spectacle: four boats
enter the Horseshoe Basin and pass directly in front of cataracts, three
tunnels allow visitors to walk behind the Falls. To view the sights from
above, you can make a 10-minute helicopter ride, rise to the top of the Skypod
Tower observation deck via the external glass - fronted elevators, or visit the
viewing platform at the Minolta Tower and Marine Aquarium.
If the real thing isn't enough, there's always IMAX Theater's
Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic, shown on a big screen in the village
of Niagara Falls.