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Where is Canada in the World?
Canada is located on the continent of North America. Positioned just above the United States of America, Canada also shares a border with the US state of Alaska.
GPS Coordinates and Borders of Canada
Canada’s GPS coordinates are comprised of both a latitude and a longitude. The latitudinal point of Canada is 56° 00' 0.00" N, which means that Canada can be found in the northern hemisphere. As such, this North American country is also situated above the equator. The longitudinal point of Canada is 96° 00' 0.00" W, meaning that Canada is located in the western hemisphere of the globe.
Canada’s Most Extreme Points in Every Direction
Canada’s northernmost point depends on whether you are looking at the mainland or taking islands into consideration instead. When taking the mainland alone into consideration, a place called Zenith Point. This is a Canadian peninsula that is very near to the North Pole. Zenith Point’s latitude is 72°00' N. Offshore of the mainland, Canada’s farthest point to the north is located in Cape Columbia. With a latitudinal coordinate of 83°06' N, this point falls on the island of Ellesmere, in the Canadian territory of Nunavut.
Canada’s has two southernmost points as well. They are… Mainland: Point Pelee with a latitude of 41°57' N Offshore: Middle Island in Lake Eerie in Ontario with a latitude of 41°41' N
The same goes for Canada’s easternmost coordinates… Mainland: Cape Saint Charles with a longitude of 55°37' W Offshore: Cape Spear of the province of Newfoundland with a longitude of 52°37' W
In the west, Canada’s most extreme point is along the border that Canada shares with Alaska. The longitudinal coordinate of Canada’s westernmost point is 141°00' W.
How Big is Canada?
Canada’s total area is a whopping 6,198,886 square miles. As a country that comprises over six million square miles within its borders, Canada is 91% land and 9% water. There are 5,646,142 square miles of land and 553,744 square miles of water in Canada. The territories and provinces of Canada comprise a total width of 3,402 miles and a total length of 2,897 miles.
The population of Canada is approximately 37,139,139 people as of 2019. The country of Canada is home to just about 0.48% of the global population. This makes Canada the thirty-eighth most populous country in the world.