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Канада (география Канады) / Canada (geography of Canada)

Canada is situated in the northern part of the continent of North America. It does not include Alaska.

Canada has an area of nearly ten million square kilometres. It is the second largest country in area after Russia.

Its land boundaries are along the United States of America in the South and along Alaska (USA) in the North-West.

Its western coast is washed by the Pacific Ocean and its eastern coast is washed by the Atlantic Ocean. In the North it is washed by the Arctic Ocean. And through the Arctic Ocean Canada stretches to the North Pole. This makes Canada the northernmost country in the world.

The country is very big and occupies the territory from the Great Lakes in the South to the Arctic Circle in the North. So, it has many different types of land: arctic tundra, mountains, forests, central plains and vast prairies, high plains, fjords, lakes and rivers, islands and even a desert.

There are many islands in the North — the best known is Victoria Island.

Canada is so big that a former prime minister of Canada, Mackenzie King, once said that Canada had "too much geography"... And he was certainly right.

The Rocky Mountains and the Coast Mountains run along the Pacific coast.

The Western Cordillera is famous for the country’s highest mountain, Mount Logan, 5,951 metres high. It is situated on the territory of Yukon.

In Labrador and parallel to the eastern coast of Canada there are also mountains. Labrador is a peninsula on the eastern coast of Canada. Some mountains are also on the island of Baffin Land.

Almost half of the territory of Canada is occupied by the Canadian Shield. It is a huge area which has a shape of a horse-shoe. It stretches around the Hudson Bay from Labrador coast to the St. Lawrence lowlands. The Canadian shield is:

  • the largest natural region in Canada;
  • the world’s largest freshwater island;
  • the most sparsely populated territory in Canada.

Geographers gave this region its name because they thought its shape was like a shield.

It is peculiar that water is everywhere in Canada. This country contains more freshwater than any other country — 25 per cent of the world’s resources.

Apart from the oceans on its sides, Canada is a country of lakes. It has seven of the world’s largest lakes (some shared with the US). The province of Ontario alone has 400,000 lakes, big and small, so many that we can hardly count them.

The Great Lakes are situated along the boundary between Canada and the USA. They include 5 lakes:

  • the Huron
  • the Ontario
  • the Michigan (this lake is on the territory of the USA)
  • the Erie
  • the Superior

For you to remember their names better, keep in mind the combination of letters — H, O, M, E and S (HOMES) — where H stands for the Huron, O stands for the Ontario etc.

There are three larger lakes such as:

  • Great Bear Lake
  • Great Slave Lake
  • Lake Winnipeg

In addition to the lakes Canada has three of 20 world’s largest rivers.

  • the St. Lawrence River
  • the Mackenzie
  • the Yukon

All of them flow into three different oceans: the St. Lawrence River flows into the Atlantic Ocean, the Mackenzie flows into the Arctic Ocean from the Rocky Mountains and the Yukon flows into the Pacific Ocean.

Besides these three, there are also the Nelson and the Saskatchewan.

Niagara Falls are one of the most wonderful sights in the world. They are located on the Niagara River between the province of Ontario in Canada and the state of New York in the USA (see page 89).

Since Canada is so big and stretches for thousands of kilometres it has many climatic regions with their own weather conditions.

Winter in Canada lasts from four to five months with heavy snowfalls. There is much rain in the east and west but less in the central area. The north of the country, near the Arctic, is tundra with great forests to the South. The central plains form the prairies — a large area of grass-covered land.

There are many trees in this country — forests cover around 25 per cent of its land. Plant life is different and depends much on climate and land. Most common trees are sugar maple, beech, balsam poplar, fir, yellow pine, hemlock and cedar.

The maple tree has become the most prominent Canadian symbol. Its leaf can be found on the Flag of Canada, its coat of arms, coins and many other things.

The animals in the country have very much in common with those of Northern Europe and Asia. There is the beaver, the sable, the wolverine, the brown bear, the elk, the polar bear, the buffalo, the lemming and the grizzly bear.

The beaver became the official emblem of Canada in 1975.

The country has such mineral resources as iron ore, nickel, zinc, copper, gold, diamonds, silver, coal, natural gas.

Forests (with timber) and rivers (with hydropower stations and fish) and its wildlife are other important natural resources there.

Canada is one of the world’s largest exporters of agricultural products (wheat, meat, dairy products, some kinds of fruit, especially apples.


Перевод некоторых слов и географических названий:

the Pacific Ocean — Тихий океан, the Atlantic Ocean — Атлантический океан, the Arctic Ocean — Северный Ледовитый океан, the North Pole — Северный полюс, the Great Lakes — Великие озера, the Arctic Circle — Северный полярный круг, Victoria Island — о. Виктория, the Rocky Mountains — Скалистые горы, the Coast Mountains — Береговой хребет, The Western Cordillera — горы Западные Кордильеры, Mount Logan — гора Логан, Labrador — п-ов Лабрадор, Baffin Land — о. Баффинова Земля, The Canadian Shield — Канадский щит (выступ рельефа с северной стороны Северо-Американской Канадской платформы), The Hudson Bay — Гудзонов залив, Lake Superior — оз. Верхнее, Lake Huron — оз. Гурон, Lake Erie — оз. Эри, Lake Ontario — оз. Онтарио, Lake Michigan — оз. Мичиган, Great Bear Lake — Большое Медвежье озеро, Great Slave Lake — Большое Невольничье озеро, Lake Winnipeg — оз. Виннипег, the Mackenzie — р. Маккензи, the Yukon — р. Юкон, the St. Lawrence River — р. Святого Лаврентия, the Nelson — р. Нельсон, the Saskatchewan — р. Саскачеван, Niagara Falls — Ниагарский водопад, maple — клен, sugar maple — клен сахарный, beech — бук, буковое дерево, balsam poplar — тополь индейский бальзамический, fir — пихта; ель, yellow pine — желтая сосна, hemlock — тсуга (хвойное дерево), cedar — кедр


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