Why 50% of Canadians Live South of This Line

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  • 五1会匚长
    五1会匚长 5 months ago +1190

    I 'm from Russia and I can confirm that when you go from the southern part of the country to the northern one, the population density decreases a lot. Most people just don't want to live in the cold areas with overpriced imported food.

    • TheShinyCharmander🇺🇦
      TheShinyCharmander🇺🇦 Day ago

      I Stand With Ukraine

    • Envere
      Envere 4 days ago

      Nah that’s what McDonalds is for

    • Павел Рожков
      Павел Рожков 11 days ago +1

      @jellygamar absolutely right. But the climate in Moscow is pretty mild, plus there are always jobs there with salaries much higher than anywhere else in Russia. I'm not even talking about the infrastructure, the one you can only dream about in other cities of RF

    • jellygamar
      jellygamar 13 days ago

      is moscow part of the southern part? i think its more centralised

  • Maxime Turgeon
    Maxime Turgeon 5 months ago +506

    The Canadian Prairies called, and they want to remind everyone that they (not Southern Ontario) are responsible for 80% of Canada's agricultural production. They are also one of the world's largest producer of oat, and so you can thank them for the oat milk in your latte.

    • Karl Hungus
      Karl Hungus 7 days ago

      @blllllllllllllllllllrlrlrlrlrllrr OK farmer. Enjoy eating your Roundup. I'll do the smart thing, thanks.

    • blllllllllllllllllllrlrlrlrlrllrr
      blllllllllllllllllllrlrlrlrlrllrr 7 days ago

      @Karl Hungus completely entirely wrong.

    • blllllllllllllllllllrlrlrlrlrllrr
      blllllllllllllllllllrlrlrlrlrllrr 7 days ago

      @Leon Trotsky equalisation payouts

    • Charlie Coke
      Charlie Coke 11 days ago

      @Ghostpanther218 They render us the most powerful country with a proper seat on the arctic council (Especially given how militarily spent and politically divided Russia currently is), and as our population grows and we expand north will likely provide a great deal of guidance in helping us discover new resources and constructing better transport systems, plus the Klondike (Even if good old Ted Roosevelt undermined the value of that one a bit)!

    • Ghostpanther218
      Ghostpanther218 11 days ago

      @Charlie Coke The Atlantic provinces and Arctic Territory: Are we just a joke to you?

  • ScottieBarnes
    ScottieBarnes 3 months ago +28

    I love how this guys thinks he’s “embarrassing” Canada by saying our most populated cities are southern. Anyone with any geographical sense would understand why that would be, and there’s nothing “embarrassing” about it

    • Riya
      Riya 9 days ago

      @woodplankhank Ok so but cant people be like ohh that's kinda rude their embarrassing that country

    • Rameses Baldeo
      Rameses Baldeo 9 days ago +1

      He even spelled Ottawa "Ottowa"

    • woodplankhank
      woodplankhank 9 days ago +3

      @Riya people literally do it all the time

    • Riya
      Riya 11 days ago

      @Ice Who would joke about embarrassing a country

    • Ice
      Ice 11 days ago +3

      I think he was just joking

  • nol
    nol 5 months ago +220

    I live in Edmonton. The stats in this video are correct, and I love the content of this channel but he didn't really give the complete picture of Canada I feel. The Canadian prairies is mostly farm land, the bc interior and lower mainland have tons of fruit orchards, farms, and wineries. Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg all are cities with populations over 1 million people and are well above those lines. The random red blob map shown at 3:00 has a few large red blobs in places that don't make sense like why is there a red blob over Grande Prairie Alberta but not over Fort Mcmurray Alberta when they both have similar populations of 60 000 people? Also White Horse and Yellowknife way north in the territories have populations of 30 000 but no red blob at all? I know its just an exenterated visual representation but it could've been more accurate.

    • cody collins
      cody collins 15 days ago

      As someone who likes there that blob is probably about 400km wide and has About 68000 people on the BC side and About 100000 people on the alberta side. Over About 10 cities and 50 -60 towns. And that's before atleast 10000 more show up every winter for work

    • Seamus Muldrew
      Seamus Muldrew Month ago

      I think that’s because the red blob isn’t just over GP rather it covers all of that northern prairie that has probably upwards of 150,000 people within it whereas there are very few people around Fort Mac

    • Karl Hungus
      Karl Hungus Month ago +1

      Uh, yah, not quite. Winnipeg isn't even 800K (and will never be a million), and half of Saskatchewan and Manitoba are forest, lakes, and Canadian Shield, not farmland...check your google map. True, 75% of Alberta is dusty wasteland, and without oil, there wouldn't be much else, but not all of the prairies are.

  • Rick Pedersen
    Rick Pedersen 5 months ago +114

    You missed out that the Prairie Provinces produce massive amounts of grains, B.C. has a lot of agriculture and is well known for its Estate Wineries in the Okanagan.

    • Karl Hungus
      Karl Hungus Month ago +1

      So? Who needs grains? Monsanto? There's a reason the prairies are also some of the most obese places on earth. I for one am sick of my tax dollars subsidizing peasant 'food' that nobody needs.

    • Tracy B
      Tracy B Month ago +2

      4:57 showed a picture of Vasuex Lake and orchards in BC while talking about the rich soil of Ontario. Lots of great soil beyond a pocket by the great lakes.

  • raining hail
    raining hail 10 months ago +15460

    As a Canadian who lives south of that line the answer is easy... too cold up there

  • Covariance
    Covariance Month ago +7

    A long time ago, I went on a Eurotrip with some friends I knew ever since high school. There were three of us and we were all from the Toronto area. We identified ourselves as Canadian. Then, on a walking tour thingie, we heard some other people indicate they were Canadian, too. They were from Manitoba or something. When we heard them talk, we realized what all the Canadian stereotypes about "aboot" were all, well, aboot.

  • Jeffrey H Hatcher
    Jeffrey H Hatcher 5 months ago +34

    Some fun facts to add to your entertaining and informative clip: first, you misspelled Ottawa LOL. Also: settlers founded cities in the south not because it is warmer - we will all tell you that -22 C is not much different from -27 C - but because the rivers of the southern part of what became Canada were the trade routes before roads and railroads. Have a look sometime. From west to East: the Fraser, the north Saskatchewan and the south Sask, the Assiniboine, rthe Red which flows up from the US into the Assiniboine, the rivers that feed into the Great Lakes, the Don in Toronto, and on and on. The southern rivers were trade routes for the Indigenous peoples since forever; European settlers piggy-backed on this ;infrastructure.'

    • batmans dad
      batmans dad 2 months ago

      You can follow the red all the way to the Mississippi.
      If it wasn't for Winnipeg setting up as a trade post, Kenora wouldn't have existed or it would have taken a lot longer to establish.

  • Amallama
    Amallama 2 months ago +7

    As a Canadian living in the US, I spend more time explaining that more Americans live north of most of us, and that we have 4 seasons, than anything else. This is not embarrassing for us!

  • DigNap15
    DigNap15 4 months ago +4

    Although this video has many mistakes pointed out. I always wondered why so many people from Europe emigrated to Canada.
    But now is see why, with those 3 big cities on the St Laurence Seaway and canals.
    That canal and the Eirie canal were amazing feats and look what they produced!

  • Samuel
    Samuel 10 months ago +13274

    Another fun fact: Most Canadians live in Canada

    • Lapis Lazuli
      Lapis Lazuli Day ago

      Or do they...?
      _VSauce music_

    • warmuzclive
      warmuzclive 4 days ago


    • RandomCanadian
      RandomCanadian 22 days ago

      I don’t think that’s true

    • cxnnonball
      cxnnonball 28 days ago

      that is wild. you have an IQ of 200. now i know that interesting fact.

    • Sock_Playsʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
      Sock_Playsʕ•ᴥ•ʔ 29 days ago +1

      Yes. The floor is made of floor and the ground is made of dirt and grass. I HATE when people call the ground outside the floor and the floor inside the ground

  • Jack taggart
    Jack taggart 5 months ago +16

    I've always felt that the Canadian confederation on July 1, 1867 was , at least, in part motivated by fears of U.S. territorial ambitions. The U.S. Northern States had recently won the U.S. War Between the States, and there were those who were motivated to extend the U.S. boundaries even further. The unifying Confederation Meeting at Charlottetown, P.E.I. was the birth of the nation of Canada. It redefined Canada as a separate country and not simply a British colony. Good move. The CPR proved to be the great unifying link.

    • Jonathan Barker
      Jonathan Barker Month ago +1

      Well one province out west was pushed in confederation ,all due to a railroad .Since I don't think went in willing ,since it was part of America ,and it not Alberta at all in this question .But give hint ,there a ocean next it .

    • Tenza Emtade
      Tenza Emtade 2 months ago +1

      They had nothing to fear, the Canadians dragged the Americans back to their country in 1812

    • Brian Pugh
      Brian Pugh 5 months ago +1

      So very true.

  • Don Ross
    Don Ross Month ago +1

    Thanks for making many points I've made to friends and acquaintances in the past, often to doubt-laden reactions. I remember camping in Lake Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota a bunch of years ago and meeting a fellow from New York City. I mentioned that I had lived in NYC as a student and that I had moved back to Toronto. His response was, "Oh yeah, Toronto! Nice town. I've been up there!" I smiled and responded, "Nice! Of course it's actually 'down there' from where we stand right now.'" He looked at me sideways and asked, "What?" I remarked that Toronto was actually quite a ways south of where we were at the moment in Minnesota. He kept saying, "Nah, buddy, you got that wrong. Toronto's north of here." Unfortunately it was before the internet and smart phones so I couldn't prove my point without going to the car and retrieving a map!
    I've never liked it when people would refer to Canada as "north of the 49th," when most Canadians actually live south of it. The fellow from NYC was convinced that all of Canada was north of all of the USA.
    One other thing worth mentioning about where the population has settled is the simple reality of the Jet Stream. Over North America, it happens to hug the area close to the international border between the US and Canada, then over the Atlantic it heads much further north, and by the time it reaches Europe, the dividing line between north and south in terms of air temperature and humidity is significantly further north. Edmonton, Alberta is at 53 degrees north latitude, about the same amount north of the equator as is the city of Berlin, Germany. Edmonton has winter temperatures that regularly hit -40C, whereas the coldest winter temperatures in Berlin rarely go much below the freezing point (0C). That jet stream makes an enormous difference, making large swaths of northern Europe much more hospitable to human settlement than most of Canada.
    Great job otherwise (other than misspelling "Ottawa" 🙂).

  • yourmanwatson
    yourmanwatson 5 months ago +4

    Did you know that the state of Louisiana was founded by two French guys from Montreal ? Montreal was first claimed by France in 1535.. Making Montreal almost a hundred years older than New York (although we commemorate the official founding date of the city in 1642)

  • Marie Phillips
    Marie Phillips 2 months ago +2

    Honestly this clears up a lot. Being from
    One of those northern states and knowing how cold they get, I would always say I can’t believe we’re south of an entire country.

  • ༄Andy࿐
    ༄Andy࿐ 10 months ago +1491

    *Every 60 seconds in Canada, a minute passes*
    *Together we can stop this!*

    • Athalon
      Athalon 7 months ago

      Name one country that is actually as good as said.

    • 24ever _1
      24ever _1 8 months ago

      A day is not 24 hours. It's actually about 23 hours 56 minutes.😲

    • Lockon Stratos
      Lockon Stratos 9 months ago

      @rtixboi maybe

    • Lockon Stratos
      Lockon Stratos 9 months ago

      @Normal like yo momma

  • Samar Chauhan
    Samar Chauhan 4 months ago +2

    Most surprising fun fact is that Quebec is still a part of Canada despite the Canadian shield dividing it from the rest of the country. And of course seeing the fact that French is a more spoken language than English in that area, it should have been an independent country by now.
    Not to mention the new travel barriers formed now due to covid19.

  • Blue Eyes White Dragon
    Blue Eyes White Dragon 5 months ago +4

    The RealLifeLore was able to update some of the border opening dates between the USA and Canada, but still was unable to notice or correct the spelling of the capital of Canada.

  • Kyle Erickson
    Kyle Erickson 5 months ago

    As a Western Canadian, I’m proud to say that I live 100 and 1/2 miles from the US Border near the 50th Parallel 😂. But I can honestly say that beyond my town there is basically nothing for hundreds of kilometres to the North and the East. It’s just mountains.

  • A Creeper animates
    A Creeper animates 2 months ago +2

    I really like your vids but as someone who loves Geography I know that all of Ontario witch is what he was talking about and more only has 14.7 million but the rest of Canadas population has 38 million so your kind of wrong

  • Geekmansworld
    Geekmansworld 10 months ago +1599

    RealLifeLore: *Talks about orchards and wineries in Southern Ontario, shows picture of Okanagan region in B.C.*
    Me, a Western Canadian: *resigned sigh*

    • Jonathan Barker
      Jonathan Barker Month ago

      Yeah forgot the dry desert of the Okanagan area ,or B.C dessert regions ,or there is not much snow either ,or the fact B.C was once part America too .

    • Portly Travellers
      Portly Travellers Month ago

      I caught that too. Was looking into visiting that exact winery last Sumner in the Okanagan

    • Susan Stenson
      Susan Stenson 2 months ago

      @ricejp02 Nothing exists outside of Ontario; didn't you realize that?

    • Susan Stenson
      Susan Stenson 2 months ago

      @Marshall Richmond You do realize that Google isn't always right, right? Have the courtesy to stop 'splaining Alberta to Albertans.

    • Marjana
      Marjana 5 months ago


  • Dekky956Gaming
    Dekky956Gaming Month ago +2

    3:16 as a Canadian, I can confirm that Ottowa is a real city.

  • hj 3876
    hj 3876 5 months ago +50

    this is why, as an alaskan, i have to laugh when people ask me "does alaska share cultural similarities with canada because you're neighbors?"
    dude, it's a 7 hour drive from anchorage (our largest city) to the canadian border, and virtually nobody lives in the yukon territory which makes up most of that border. the yukon territory is larger in area than california and yet only 45,000 people live there!!!
    i'm more likely to meet a canadian who flew in from vancouver or toronto than i am to meet a canadian who actually lives anywhere near alaska.

    • Ben Colglazier
      Ben Colglazier 4 months ago

      @Adam Langton Grow up and find a sense of humor.

    • Adam Langton
      Adam Langton 4 months ago +1

      @Ben Colglazier people in the Yukon have better things to do than troll around on the internet. Pretty much everybody here is an outdoor enthusiast. You should try leaving the basement sometime.

    • Ben Colglazier
      Ben Colglazier 4 months ago +1

      Welp, that's all FOUR of them with Internet. Welcome!

    • Adam Langton
      Adam Langton 5 months ago +4

      I live in the Yukon. I love that it's not overcrowded and crawling with wieners.

    • Oscar Karais
      Oscar Karais 5 months ago +3

      And I'm from the Yukon too

  • RandomMemer!
    RandomMemer! 5 months ago +2

    I just *love* how forgotten Nova Scotia can be at times!
    I legitimately have never seen anyone mention Halifax on the internet in my entire life.

    • Greg Wilson
      Greg Wilson 2 months ago +1

      There's kind of a reason for that.......

    • Vesa T
      Vesa T 5 months ago +1

      @RandomMemer! Take care :)

    • RandomMemer!
      RandomMemer! 5 months ago

      @Vesa T LOL

    • Vesa T
      Vesa T 5 months ago +2

      Halifax is cool, because 'hali' means 'hug' in Finnish and 'fax' is a fax machine in English. Remember to hug your fax machines, people!

    • Bruce
      Bruce 5 months ago +1

      I lived in Halifax for a year and loved it. So there you now have a mention.

  • Native and Unusual Plants

    it's an interesting fact that small parts of southern Ontario have a plant hardiness zone of USDA zone 7a. Niagara on the Lake and the Windsor area. That's the same winter climate lows as places like Louisville, Kentucky or Oklahoma City, Oklahoma!

  • Lakshya Chopra
    Lakshya Chopra 10 months ago +2114

    Short answer : it's cold above this line.
    Long answer: it's *very* cold above this line.

    • Jonathan Barker
      Jonathan Barker Month ago

      Yup ,which means Americans and Canada experience the same weather ,unless they live a cave ,or under a very large rock somewhere .

    • Toby Jean
      Toby Jean 9 months ago +1

      @Central Yes, however. only about 200k people in total live in the territories. That is less than the population of the city of Regina (Capital of Saskatchewan).

    • Commenter
      Commenter 10 months ago

      this year, we (in BC) had 49C weather. It was SO hot! And we sometimes don't get snow in the winter either, it's like a little warm pocket.

    • Not_ Robin_
      Not_ Robin_ 10 months ago

      It’s not even that cold especially in bc it never snows here

  • Gabs Salem
    Gabs Salem 4 months ago

    I love how smooth the transitions are from the video topic into the sponsor topic in all of your videos

  • Glenn Lunden
    Glenn Lunden 5 months ago

    Very informative. You must be from back East though. Very little mention of Vancouver and Vancouver Island, and British Columbia as a whole. Completely different climate altogether. I golf all winter in Vancouver, while my friends in Toronto are snowed in for 5 months of the year sometimes. Maybe you should do another one with more info on the West. Good job on this one though

  • Anomatoor
    Anomatoor 19 days ago +1

    As a Canadian who lives up from that line, I could see why people want to live in those southern provinces. Its hella cold up there, like ~-40C during winters. Not to mention out side of the cities it looks like a barren wasteland

  • Freshbeans
    Freshbeans 2 months ago +1

    watching reallifelore is like being a teacher reading an essay by a student who tried as hard as he could to make it 300 words.

  • misolou fout
    misolou fout 10 months ago +853

    As a native Michigander I just love people talking about the Great Lakes. They're so incredible but often overlooked.

    • Scryptio
      Scryptio Month ago

      I'm a fellow Michigander too and I was well love hearing people talk about the Great Lakes.

    • Skylar Macias
      Skylar Macias 2 months ago

      Yeah, the GREAT Lakes don’t get nearly enough credit 🙄😂

    • Hi
      Hi 2 months ago

      watching this video has finally made me understand why Michigan shares so much culture with Cananda.

    • lost cause
      lost cause  2 months ago

      as someone else from michigan, who has mainly dated girls in windsor/london+spent probably years worth of time in ontario, michigan and ontario could EASILY be its own country and it would make perfect sense culturally

    • Stephen
      Stephen 2 months ago

      @Winter Sprite Michigan takes the shoreline length but at least Wisconsin is on the sunny side, westerly winds lake effect joke.

  • Ernest Malonkane
    Ernest Malonkane Month ago +1

    This is really exciting facts about Canada 🇨🇦. It is the second largest country in the world 🌎 in terms of land size with a small population compared to Russia, the largest country in the world by land size. Despite it's relatively small population compared to the most heavily industrialized countries, Canada 🇨🇦 is the 10th largest economy in the world.

  • phil robichaud
    phil robichaud 17 days ago +1

    When an American covers Canada in any way there is guaranteed spelling errors and others funny mistakes, still a great video cheers from Toronto

  • hanjis
    hanjis Month ago

    I'm from WIsconsin and I was really thinking "no way I could live in Canada, it's already so cold here" but most of their major cities are literally around the same latitude as where I live already-

    • Deluxe67 X
      Deluxe67 X Month ago

      Where I live (West Coast of Canada) the lawns stay green all winter. We do usually get a few days of snow each winter, which creates a bit of havoc, and great hilarity in the rest of Canada.

  • Holly
    Holly 5 months ago

    I live in Sarnia, ON and I absolutely love it here. I’ve never seen waters as beautiful as Lake Huron.

  • Guitar Lessons BobbyCrispy
    Guitar Lessons BobbyCrispy 10 months ago +4976

    I'm from the Toronto area, and whenever I go up to Algonquin Park I feel that I'm 'way way up north', but in actual fact there are entire US states that are north of Algonquin Park.

  • M R
    M R 2 months ago

    Few things I have to mention: first of all Ottawa is spelled with an a . Not Ottowa. Second , when you mention agriculture you failed to say that Alberta and Saskatchewan known as the prairies are the bread basket of Canada. Another thing is while you are talking of wineries and orchards you are showing pictures of Okanagan valley which is in BC not eastern Canada.

  • BList
    BList 2 months ago

    I love how he said large urban area and then goes to list a few Urban States followed by a bunch of rural States

  • Hugh Mungus
    Hugh Mungus 2 months ago +1

    *Southern Ontario, my Homeland, my Paradise, my Stronghold*
    *Orange/Purple sunsets, nature galore, amazing food, amazing weed, delicious women!*
    *One of the safest and most beautiful places on Earth to live in!*

  • Don Lee
    Don Lee Month ago

    When I retire, I'm heading back to Canada, and ideally have my little kingdom a bit further north in Canada where land is extremely cheap.

  • aeotsuka
    aeotsuka 5 months ago +251

    I crossed Canada by train in 2012 and could not believe the remoteness of most of the route beyond the major cities. Even in Ontario, which is Canada's most populous province (and not even its largest geographically), the train ran for 16 hours and never passed through a single town with more than 1,000 people in it; the largest town, Hornepayne, had only about 1,000 people and only had that many because the railroad needs a place to change crews every eight hours or so. Canada is BIG!

    • Astro WRLD
      Astro WRLD 15 days ago

      @Pedro Chávez buddy u clearly don’t know anything about Canada we are severely overpopulated with foreigner Mexicans and whatever else

    • mosquitobight
      mosquitobight 18 days ago +1

      @Nightingale_12 Overpopulation is not about space. It's about economics. A country can be mostly empty space and still be overpopulated, if the population doesn't have sufficient economic means to support itself. That is the situation the Canadian population has been in for 51 years. Life in Canada is so expensive that the birth rate has been below replacement level and declining every year since 1971. Most countries have a higher birth rate because most countries are more affordable.

    • Nightingale_12
      Nightingale_12 19 days ago

      @mosquitobight how tf is Canada overpopulated??

    • aeotsuka
      aeotsuka Month ago

      @ScottieBarnes Also, while Canadian cities have started to sprawl, the design of the Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver metropolitan areas have led to a higher percentage of the population living in relatively compact cities and suburbs, so it's not just 8.7-10x less population, much of that population lives in more compact city centers/centres or in suburbs developed in a smart layout. Whereas here in the USA we have often developed our suburban land in a wasteful manner.

    • Ian Berg
      Ian Berg Month ago

      I did an overnight bus trip from Ottawa to Winnipeg and know what you mean

  • Lou Mansfield
    Lou Mansfield 3 months ago

    Fun fact: I grew up in Detroit and to get to Canada you travel South and take the tunnel under the Detroit River to Windsor Ontario. There's also a bridge but the tunnel is more fun.

  • DR
    DR Month ago

    I feel I just completed a course in college after watching this video. Thanks for your work wow.

  • oh2mp
    oh2mp 3 months ago

    Good video. I'm European and have visited Canada only once. This video "opened my eyes" a lot about Canada.

  • Owen Ohandley
    Owen Ohandley 2 months ago

    I always get excited when I see a video to do with Canada or someone who is Canadian, Because I rarely ever see anything on Canada and, I'm from Nova Scotia! Go Canada!!

  • Joshua Thomas
    Joshua Thomas 9 months ago +3569

    this guy really knows how to transition to his sponsors

    • K ORA
      K ORA 16 days ago

      He never ever ever fails to surprise me. Everyone else’s way to do address ads became boring afterwards 😅

    • Dank_Dem 🇺🇦
      Dank_Dem 🇺🇦 Month ago +1

      Ben Shapiro is better.

    • Scot Thompson
      Scot Thompson Month ago

      No he doesn’t. He isn’t right about of a lot what he said.

    • C B
      C B Month ago

      It was so good until the sponsors. Ugh.

    • GoodIntentVillage
      GoodIntentVillage 2 months ago

      He does it masterfully.

  • Gean Garcia
    Gean Garcia 3 months ago

    Love the history lessons!

  • Jordan Beard
    Jordan Beard 3 months ago

    As a Canadian I can tell you that that small little fraction of land that you said had 50% of our population is complete bs your forgetting about the Atlantic colonies where tons of people live aswell as the west of Canada

  • Martin Kralik
    Martin Kralik Month ago

    30 years ago, some US "pundits" expected a Québec secession. They also predicted that it would inspire BC and Alberta to go it alone as well, and Nova Scotia and New Brunswick etc. to join the US of A (!).

  • RespondToVideosFrenchAndEnglishComments

    You were right until you start talking about the Canadian Shield. There is in fact lots of agriculture in the south of the shield

  • Jason Ross
    Jason Ross 8 months ago +869

    There's another, huge reason why so many Canadians live near the border, that I thought this guy was transitioning to. Political. The first true transcontinential railroad, the CPR, was built near the border to establish Canadian control over what would one day become the provinces of Manitoba, Saskachewan, Alberta and British Columbia, by establishing our own transcontinental railroad, connecting Halifax to Vancouver, and located near the 49th parallel to ensure we could populate our side of the border with settlers and move troops in as needed to prevent the USA from colonizing our west away from us. Back when our founding Prime Minister, Sir John A MacDonnald made this decision, Americans were starting to send spur lines up into Canada, and migrate Americans into western Canada. The completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) from Halifax to Vancouver headed off that move and established Canada's territory, as the USA was forced to stop sending settlers and abandoned any spur lines they'd been building up towards/into Canada.
    Back in those days, the war of 1812 was still a fairly recent memory, and the American war cry of 54-40 or fight was still a part of current events. Canadians were very much concerned about America taking away parts of our country. The best way to head that off without forcing them into a major international war, would be to simply populate the border with Canadians and economic activity. That's the real, historical reason for most Canadians to live near the Canada-USA border.

    • Sander
      Sander 16 days ago

      Makes sense, u wouldnt want to be the next victim of the Americansn

    • Jason Ross
      Jason Ross 18 days ago

      @mosquitobight To be fair, upon re-examening my data, CO2 levels in the Triasic were more like 1500-2000 ppm, and rose to the higher levels I mentioned in the 2nd half of the Jurassic period. Followed by a slow, steady decline to present levels, which match the other lowest point, which occurred during the Carbiniferous and early Permian periods (apx 370 - 270 million years ago for anyone reading this who's not a big of a Geology nerd).

    • mosquitobight
      mosquitobight 18 days ago

      @Jason Ross Actually the Triassic was the age of giant amphibians and insects. They became giants because the air had 30 percent oxygen. When the air has that much oxygen, forest fires are more likely to start, spread faster and burn hotter. Sea level was also higher because of the lack of polar icecaps, resulting in more shallow seas and less land. Hurricanes were probably more frequent and more powerful as well. If those conditions returned, we would lose most of our best farmland. The remaining hot swampy land might make good rice paddy, but there would be less wheat, corn and other grassland crops.

    • Jason Ross
      Jason Ross 18 days ago

      @mosquitobight Not necessarily. During the age of the dinosaurs - around the Triassic period, the Earth was several degrees warmer then it is now, and it wasn't a vast desert, quite the contrary, it had vast jungles and rainforests extending up into the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. It was so wet there were inland seas in areas that are now the Nevada and Arizona Badlands deserts. Of course, CO2 content in the atmosphere was about 2000-3000 ppm during that time, so much more for plants to breathe and make the world lush too.

    • mosquitobight
      mosquitobight 18 days ago

      @Jason Ross Any lengthening of the growing season caused by climate change would probably be offset by the reduction in rainfall caused by the northward movement of high pressure systems and changing air circulation patterns. Dry summers could force farmers to drain rivers and aquifers to irrigate their crops or watch them die.

  • Gabrielle Aure
    Gabrielle Aure 16 days ago +2

    Is it just me or not? When he said "I'm not done embarrassing Canada yet." I found that kinda rude. I am Canadian and I live in the north.

  • Phil C
    Phil C 17 days ago +1

    I learned to spell Ottowa , Canada’s capital from the map shown in this video.

  • DCFunBud
    DCFunBud 2 months ago

    This is all very important information however: (1) there is no necessity or duty for Canadians to live North of the 49th parallel. (2). The capital of Canada is Ottawa not "Ottowa." 3:20. (3) Canadians do not need to feel "embarrassed" by living in Canada regardless of the latitude. 0:57.

  • Δ
    Δ 4 hours ago +1

    It’s crazy to think how Canada is the 2nd biggest country in the world, but the majority of the population live in urban areas in the southern area. While the rest of the country is just kilometers and kilometers of beautiful unappreciated wilderness and tundras. Some parts of Canada are so far from civilization and untouched by man, it’s like being on a different planet.

  • Yariel Robles
    Yariel Robles 10 months ago +2270

    Here's a fun fact: there's more Puerto Ricans outside of Puerto Rico than inside of it

    • Vox Veritas
      Vox Veritas 6 months ago

      @AtarahDerek California is glad to go and leave the cave-dwellers behind.

    • Statistically Improbable Twat
      Statistically Improbable Twat 6 months ago

      @Alexander Fretheim yeah, and there’s 6x more Irish people outside of Ireland than inside of it. Well not actually Irish, Irish descendants.

    • Alexander Fretheim
      Alexander Fretheim 6 months ago

      There's probably more Puerto Ricans in Metro New York than in Puerto Rico.

    • Statistically Improbable Twat
      Statistically Improbable Twat 7 months ago

      @Poan Kiyu Nah. There is 7 million Irish people on the island of Ireland.
      Edit:just checked, I’m wrong. There’s 12 million with ancestry. They’re all from the famine.

  • E.A. Abe Preisinger

    Maybe could it be that Quebec and Ontario were settled first because when you come from Europe you can go up by ship right up to Montreal? To go to Calgary or Edmonton you would have to travel thousands of miles through bush and prairie.

  • korra1223
    korra1223 2 months ago +1

    Hi just a note, in 3:20, Ottawa (Canada’s capital city) is spelt incorrectly as Ottowa.

  • Ian Berg
    Ian Berg Month ago

    This video made me proud to be a Canadian who lives north of the 51st degree N latitude.

  • LinguiniGaming
    LinguiniGaming 3 months ago +1

    I live in Canada, we have about 40million population and only use about half of the countries land space. It is way too cold and isolated up north so most of us live south.

  • CrashdummyX
    CrashdummyX 10 months ago +1419

    I was expecting a 5 second video saying "Because it's cold up there..."

    • TheFabulousKitten
      TheFabulousKitten 3 months ago

      @Pro Guest I can't speak for the Yukon. But I live in Edmonton and 30 isn't that unusual for us. Our area gets hot in the summer and extremely cold in the winter. We swing from +30s to -40s

    • Hi I'm Hunter
      Hi I'm Hunter 5 months ago

      @SpicyDicyyClassyyyFunnnyyyy we do tho have our mouth disconnected from the rest of the head and only have one road and love farting south park got that right

    • Hi I'm Hunter
      Hi I'm Hunter 5 months ago

      I just want to say i love the bleach pfp of aizen much love

    • Tasso Demo
      Tasso Demo 8 months ago

      LMAO that sums it up

    • Ingo Zachos
      Ingo Zachos 9 months ago

      Well, in the end it gets to exactly that point.

  • Curtis Thompson
    Curtis Thompson 5 months ago

    Congratulations, you have taught some Americans their very first facts about Canada

  • Holy Woodsman
    Holy Woodsman 5 months ago +1

    I was on a mining exploration crew back in the 70's, up around The English River in Ontario. We were in canvas wall tents with wood stoves and the temperature went down to -62 F. I was fine, I had a Woods mummy bag with 4.5 lbs of down in it. My companions were not as fortunate, being in Woods square sleeping bags that didn't keep them warm enough. And the stove ran out of wood after a few hours. Cold? When it went up to about -20, we walked around bitching about the heat. But at -40 and below, you just snowshoe faster. We just live with it. The guys in WW2 who took on the Nazis were Canadians who were horse logging pulpwood at the time. They were so damn tough that Churchill said that if he had Canadian soldiers, he could rule the world. This little TheXvid video is misleading. I spent 14 years doing geology and forestry in northern Canada, and there's always somebody there, the rest of the world might regard it as empty, but there's always some trapper or native hunter around. Mostly, there's folks who just don't get along with other folks and they choose to live there. Mind you, if you can see your neighbour's smoke, 30 miles away, the area's getting crowded and it's time to move. Simple truth, most of Canada is a place where you can just starve to death. If you were on the top of Everest, you'd be eating farm produce. Same with Canada. If that supply plane doesn't come in, if the ice road melts, the train doesn't come, you can get mighty hungry mighty fast. Funny thing is, other folks in the world look at Canada as big and empty, I just look at it as home. But then you have to understand, I am a free Canadian.

    • Holy Woodsman
      Holy Woodsman 5 months ago

      @Anas S A down sleeping bag is crucial to arctic work. They are graded according to how much down is in them. 4.5 lbs is the top of the line. Traditionally, men used a large square sleeping bag that when they rolled over in the night, would pull in cold air. Mine was a mummy-type bag, rather a new invention for mining exploration at the time. I was warm and they were cold. A samll thing at most times, but at -62 F, it made for an uncomfortable night for them.

    • Anas S
      Anas S 5 months ago

      why did you have down hahah I know it is very common up there but was the whole exploration unit using that???

  • Gab C
    Gab C 5 months ago +4

    Let’s call this “let’s forget about the rest of Canada when it comes to agriculture”

  • Squarah
    Squarah 3 months ago

    They talked a lot about farms, but most farms (including plant farms) are in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba- not because they have good soil but because they have a lot of flat land (aka the easiest place to have large scale farms.)

  • James greene
    James greene 10 months ago +1891

    "But I'm not done EMBARRASSING Canada yet." lol jokes on you dude, Canadians just like to be included.

    • Rohan Sodhi
      Rohan Sodhi 7 days ago

      @Arthas Menethil yeh that could be really cool, also, fun fact, Calafornia is around the same population as all of Canada

    • Arthas Menethil
      Arthas Menethil 7 days ago

      @Rohan Sodhi I always thought a series comparing different countries phyiscal size, population, and economy would be great. Some people dont realize how big or small some countries actually are: like geographically thanks the Mercator map many people think Russia is the size of Africa and that Australia is the same size as Greenland. Many people dont realize how large or powerful some US states are: Texas for example has a population of 30mil which is nearly as large as Poland's 38mil, larger than Romania's 19mil, and about the size of all of Scandinavia, plus Texas has a GDP of $2tril which about he same as Italy's $2.1tril and larger than Russia's $1.6 and it's larger than 45/50 of the states of Europe and larger than all but 9 countries in the world and Texas's economy is only America's second largest state by GDP with California having a larger economy at $3.4tril. Chinese's and Indian provinces and cities can have population's that dwarf many countries too and there are cities like NYC, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, or LA that having larger populations and economies than many countries as well.

    • Rohan Sodhi
      Rohan Sodhi 8 days ago

      @Peppa Pig nah it was just a joke, every county has its isuues and it was just some good fun, nothing serios

    • Rohan Sodhi
      Rohan Sodhi 8 days ago

      @R.C. I thought that ended. Im canadian. I'm pretty sure that was a while ago when US wasnt doing much better than us, but idk. I might be wrong

    • Rohan Sodhi
      Rohan Sodhi 8 days ago

      @Dashua not now adays, i tought we were trying to fix that. Im just asking (im still in school n stuff)

  • Mike O'Brien
    Mike O'Brien Month ago

    I always thought Toronto was in the US.😆 I live in Vancouver. We have more in common with our friends down in Washington State and Seattle than eastern Canada.

  • Nathan Bush
    Nathan Bush 5 months ago

    I was sent on business to Thief River Falls, Minnesota back in October ‘21 on business. I drove up to Winnipeg for the day on my day off. It felt like it was a nice city, but remote from the rest of civilization. The next largest city is nowhere, LOL!

  • El carrito del helao
    El carrito del helao 5 months ago +1

    So funny to hear about the border between Canada and “America”.

  • iamtheiconoclast3
    iamtheiconoclast3 4 months ago

    You spelled Ottawa wrong. Otherwise, I am a Canadian, and I approve this message.

  • Roger McCaslin
    Roger McCaslin 10 months ago +3732

    Here's another fun fact: During winter, it feels like 50% of Canadians live in South Florida.

    • Joaquin Riquelme
      Joaquin Riquelme 2 months ago +1

      Don't forget Arizona, Montana, Utah, Hawaii, and Mexico.

    • honoshikun
      honoshikun 2 months ago

      A lot of people from the Prairie provinces go to Arizona

    • Tom Smith
      Tom Smith 2 months ago


    • Ibbz joseph
      Ibbz joseph 2 months ago

      @Tulio Benavidez haha yeah canada actually has 4 different seasons believe it or not Florida man 🤣

    • Ibbz joseph
      Ibbz joseph 2 months ago

      Why wouldn't we.. a few hours drive down past the border and you are in a tropical heaven. I love Florida!

  • Hugh Mann
    Hugh Mann 5 months ago

    So, this needs to be said: Hey yanks, do you live in Igloos? I'm in Southern Ontario and have had to explain this to dim yanks for a good while now.... always reminds me of what Homer says about Canada.... all tucked away down there.

  • karl harrison
    karl harrison 5 months ago

    Iliving in England it is quite funny to consider that every single part of my country lies above the 49th parallel. My home is at 53 degrees North, thankfully the Gulf stream keeps us relatively warm....

  • Weatherboi
    Weatherboi 3 months ago

    Great explaination, thanks for posting.

  • eldukedrino
    eldukedrino 5 months ago

    it is amazingly similar to sweden. more than the majority of the population live in the bottom half of the country

  • Michael Blanchette
    Michael Blanchette 10 months ago +911

    I'm one of those Canadians who actually lives further north in Canada.

    • PandaMan0120
      PandaMan0120 9 months ago

      @GOAT GOATERSON Yeah, having lived in one of the territories (Nunavut), most places are below 1500 people, spread out with basically no infrastructure between them.

    • 🍁Vavé La Acadien🍁
      🍁Vavé La Acadien🍁 9 months ago

      Alberta may as well be an american state.

    • Ben Wicker
      Ben Wicker 10 months ago

      @Bringer Of Moisture ever been to lac la biche

    • 刘瑞琪
      刘瑞琪 10 months ago

      @James Lehn lol

    • 刘瑞琪
      刘瑞琪 10 months ago

      @YoIronFistBro lol

  • Mark Bajek
    Mark Bajek 5 months ago

    Nice to see the really old film graphic of the Great Lakes listing Port Arthur rather than what it combined into with Fort William as ThunderBay.

  • Heather
    Heather 3 months ago

    Makes me wonder why Canada wanted that much land in the first place. It's working out pretty well for them now, but why did they want it back in the pre-drilling days? They just didn't want anymore neighbors?

  • kreaturen
    kreaturen 3 months ago

    Another interesting question would be how many Europeans live north of that line. I imagine a lot. Maybe 70-80 percent? 🤔

  • Jimmie
    Jimmie 5 months ago +1

    Just to help our American friend on pronunciation the “Lachine Canal” is pronounced “Lasheen”.
    En Francais!

  • JarekTheGamingDragon
    JarekTheGamingDragon 10 months ago +2281

    I'd like to point out that Portland Oregon is also above that first dropped line which is the only major metro in all of Oregon. A lot of people don't realize how far north Portland is. Portland is further north than Toronto.
    Also I'd like to point out that most of this doesn't apply to Vancouver, BC. The Pacific Northwest as a whole is a weird region with its own climate rules.

    • Historyboi
      Historyboi 3 months ago +1

      @Muckle Dragger its more than an hour

    • Zach Jollimore
      Zach Jollimore 4 months ago

      @Sold Out Show *Justin* *Laughs in the gulf stream*

    • Aaron
      Aaron 5 months ago +1

      @Jeff Benton Wait, what!? It sounds absurd at first but the Southern California Bight is a thing.

    • JarekTheGamingDragon
      JarekTheGamingDragon 5 months ago

      @Mykie Frm20 ???? How in the world did you come to the conclusion that Seattle is on the other side of the cascades? Seattle is literally on puget sound, west of the cascades. Portland and Seattle will get a cm or so of snow for 1-2 days a year if that and it melts instantly. That hardly counts as getting snow. Also Seattle is one place in Washington, washington and Oregon as states have huge variations in climate depending on where you are in the state. From ocean front to valleys to temperate rainforest to mountain to desert, etc. Obviously it's not the same every where.

    • Mykie Frm20
      Mykie Frm20 5 months ago

      @JarekTheGamingDragon wdym it doesn’t snow in seattle and Portland. It snows almost every year in Washington. Especially seattle since it’s in kings county and they’re on the other side of the cascade mountains

  • Whole Shebang
    Whole Shebang 3 months ago

    Note to RealLifeLore: _*Ottawa_ is spelled incorrectly as "Ottowa" on the map at 3:19 .

  • magapiff1
    magapiff1 2 months ago

    what would happen if we just bought southern Ontario? would that just convince the rest of Canada to join too?

  • Josh Davidson
    Josh Davidson 2 months ago

    really interesting video, thanks. Im pretty sure the canadian vinyard pic is from the Okanagon in BC soooo... :)

  • Johnny Raven
    Johnny Raven 4 months ago

    That area defined by where most Canadians live to the south of (about 46 degrees north ) is also responsible for determining the outcome of federal elections. So Canada is very difficult to govern, if you think of the whole country .
    What is best for Southern Ontario and the St Lawrence corridor of Quebec is often at odds with people in Western Canada . I should know . I live in Vancouver.

  • nexcolour
    nexcolour 10 months ago +429

    If anyone has ever experienced a Saskatchewan winter, you'd understand why.

    • peter baxter
      peter baxter 10 months ago +1

      @Inconnu 49 I lived through 14 winters in northern Alberta and was never unable to start my car. If yours won't start, it's missing something.

    • Inconnu 49
      Inconnu 49 10 months ago +1

      @peter baxter Does your car NOT start because of the heat? I imagine there are a few minor differences, but i get your point. Wouldnt want to live in phoenix in the summer either!

    • Inconnu 49
      Inconnu 49 10 months ago +1

      @Crash And Burn Gaming I had the pleasure/misfortune of visiting Stoon. Nice little city, but colder than death there. funniest thing i saw was cars driving around with extension cords trailing behind. i asked the girl i was visiting what was with that. She said we have to plug in our cars. Cool! they got electric cars! Nope, block heaters! never been to a place that NEEDED block heaters before. i understand why, but i only spent a week in March. I so under dressed for that weather! I had to go shopping to buy clothes!

    • Inconnu 49
      Inconnu 49 10 months ago

      @T A It boasts being the sunniest place in Canada!

    • Inconnu 49
      Inconnu 49 10 months ago +2

      @Dreaming Dreamer Corner Gas is hilarious!! It gets a lot of sun in Saskatchewan, but its colder than a witch's left tit there!

  • President Joe Brandon
    President Joe Brandon 4 months ago

    I've played online games with Canadians who would say I didn't know what cold is because I'm in the US... then I said I was in Alaska (at the time).

  • Charles J Gartner
    Charles J Gartner 4 months ago +2

    Wow, this video completely blew my mind... especially the chauvinism a lot of Canadians have... this pride of being Canadian. So like, you're 150 miles from Detroit? Or a daytrip away from Buffalo? I always imagined most Canadians as being like deep Canada (Calgary and Edmonton would be good examples.) Had know idea that MOST of Canada was just in the Great Lakes area sandwiched between Michigan and N.Y. Crazzzzy. Aight crazy Canadians... so you're basically midwesterners.

    • Carter Devine
      Carter Devine 2 months ago

      people from southern Ontario basically are American, the stereotypical Canadian (nice, accent, cold, etc) are entirely from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, east of the rockies in BC, and the maritimes are practically their own breed. Ontario people are basically American

  • M B
    M B 2 months ago +1

    I'm a Canadian, and I live above that line, and so do all the people in BC, AB, MB, SK, QC, NS, PEI, and NB. Canada is not the GTA.

  • Jimmy Barto
    Jimmy Barto 4 months ago

    I love it when most citizens of a country don't live in their own country

  • Moderately Amused
    Moderately Amused 10 months ago +582

    10 minutes to explain that humans and plants prefer temperatures above freezing for most of the year.

    • Erynn
      Erynn 10 months ago

      @Stringprodigy I did but you forgot:)

    • Erynn
      Erynn 10 months ago

      @Stringprodigy If you say so it doesn't become true - remember? Or your memory is that poor? :) It may explain your random insults well.

    • Mme. Veronica
      Mme. Veronica 10 months ago

      @Erynn And permafrost doesn't start till you reach the territories. You do know that!

  • John R
    John R 5 months ago

    Me, living right on that line in the thumbnail: *perfectly balanced, as all things should be*

  • m jor
    m jor 5 months ago +1

    International Trade and migration between the two Nation are also the reason Canadians live close to the US border.

  • Jonny Walker
    Jonny Walker 5 months ago

    I wish I lived south of that line. I live in Saskatoon and from November to April it's usually around -30 to -50°C with the windchill

  • Randoms of Samir
    Randoms of Samir 3 months ago +1

    I'm sure you already know.. "Ottowa" is actually spelt "Ottawa"

  • Duck Hunter Gaming
    Duck Hunter Gaming 10 months ago +4805

    Fun fact: 100% of Canadians spell "Ottowa" as Ottawa.

    • Ghostpanther218
      Ghostpanther218 11 days ago

      I'm sorry, it's not Ottawa?! My life is a lie!

    • Zym
      Zym Month ago

      Ottawa citizen here and I am crying on the inside over this one.

    • Alex Gordon
      Alex Gordon 3 months ago

      as a non-english speaker I didn't notice the difference lol

  • Prawlyy
    Prawlyy Month ago

    As a Canadian who lives in Yellowknife, I found this funny.

  • Logoapp
    Logoapp 19 days ago

    8:23 funnily enough I was in Florida in March 2020 when everything shut down and I had to get back home to Canada

  • Brian Slack
    Brian Slack Month ago

    Fascinating. Amazing that I was never aware of the Lachine canal. Don't forget the black flies. Nasty.

  • A Wesley
    A Wesley 5 months ago

    Im going to make an assumption and say its mostly to do with ice and all the funky time stuff that happens when you live that far north like several days of night.