Friday Fun Facts About Our Canadian Neighbors
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.