To an outsider America and Canada can almost appear to be one country. The residents of these two nations know that this is not true. Canada and the United States are close to each other geographically and have a number of similarities, but the differences that exist between them give each of these countries a powerful identity of their own.
The similarities that do exist between the two countries are numerous. Both countries are democratic capitalist nations whose people believe in liberty and freedom above all else. Both countries are located on the same continent, North America. Both countries were once British colonies. English is the predominantly spoken language in both countries. Most Canadians and Americans have similar physical appearances. In fact, many Canadians live and work in the United States and are often mistaken by Americans to be citizens of the United States. Some famous Canadians are William Shatner, Michael J. Fox, Alexander Grahm Bell, Pamela Anderson, Alex Trebec, and Bret "The Hitman" Hart. Both Canadians and Americans enjoy luxuries that make their lives easier and more exciting. Like the inventions of Americans, Canadian inventions are numerous and can be found all over the world. Basketball, television, Trivial Pursuit, the zipper, the telephone, bagged milk, and the AM radio are all Canadian in origin.
Canada is located to the North of the United States and is subsequently much colder. Canada receives much more snow than the United States which leads Canadians to play more winter sports such as hockey, which is their national pastime. Canada's climate is so much colder than the United States', that many Americans live under the impression that Canadians live in igloos and play hockey all year long. This is simply not true. While some Canadians in the far northern reaches of the country do live in igloos, most Canadians live in houses in cities like Americans. Als

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