DETROIT - DECEMBER 13: Vehicles enter the United States from Canada across the Ambassador Bridge at a U.S. Customs port of entry December 13, 2004 in Detroit, Michigan. US-VISIT (United States Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator) biometric entry proceedures began today at the Detroit Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel and is on schedule to deploy to the 50 busiest land ports of entry by December 31st. US-VISIT processing involves the collection of two index fingerscans and a digital photograph. Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

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Canada and the United States are two of the only nations that have never attacked each other. We are hearing so much about our Southern border that I thought it might be time to learn a little more about our favorite trading partner.

Fun Facts About Canada and Our Shared Border

  • Canada and the US share the longest border in the world. Eight thousand eight hundred ninety one kilometers between the lower 48 and another 2,477 kilometers shared with Alaska.
  • There are 119 places you can cross the border into Canada from the US.
  • Canada is our largest trading partner. Over $501 billion per year or over $1 billion every day.
  • Seventy-three percent of all Canada’s exports reach the US and 63 percent of our total exports end up in Canada each year.
  • The Ambassador Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan is the busiest border crossing in North America. Over $500 million dollars in trade passes over this bridge each day.
  • Our borders crossings are busy. Over 28,000 trucks and 140,000 cars and other vehicles cross the US - Canadian borders daily.
  • About 300,000 people cross the US – Canadian borders each day.
  • Over 39 million Canadian visited the United States and over 20 million American visited Canada between 2009 and 2010.
  • Over 15 million visitors chose to fly scheduled airline services between the US and Canada in 2010.
  • Fifty-seven percent of Canadians made same day car trips to the US in September 2011.
  • Over 17 million Canadians made overnight trips to the US in 2009 and over 11 million Americans headed for Canada overnight in that same year.
  • New York receives the most Canadian visitors and New Yorkers are the number one state visiting Canada.
  • Canadian flyers made Florida their primary destination with over 47 million flights to the Sunshine State.
  • In 2009 Canadian travelers spent $12,667,000,000 in the US while Americans spent $6,087,000,000 while visiting Canada.

Some Final Thoughts

Canada is indeed a great neighbor. They don’t flood us with illegals. Their currency is about the same value as our own. They are one of our biggest trading partners. We get a lot of our oil from them. Other than sending us Justin Beiber I can’t see a whole lot not to like about Canada or Canadians.

So, here’s a tip of our economic hat to our friendly neighbors to the North for all the great things we share.

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