North America's Cultural Geography:
Government and Population
Canada is a confederation of ten provinces [nacanpro.gif] and three federal territories with a parliamentary form of government. The ten provinces range in size from Prince Edward Island (same size as Delaware) to Quebec (twice the size of Texas). In terms of population, Ontario (10.9 million) and Quebec (7.4 million) are the leaders with British Columbia third at 3.8 million. The three Prairie Provinces (Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) have 5 million and the four Atlantic Provinces (Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) have 2.8 million people. The northern territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nanuvut) contain less than 100,000 people. Canada's population of 30 million is slightly larger than 10 percent of the United States population. Spatially [napopden.gif] most Canadians reside within 325 kilometers (200 miles) of the United States.