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Canada is the worlds second largest country and it is the largest country in the Western Hemisphere It comprises all of the North American continent north of the United States with the exclusion of Alaska Greenland and the tiny French islands of St Pierre and Miquelon Its most easterly point is Cape Spear Newfoundland and its western limit is Mount St Elias in the Yukon Territory near the Alaskan border The southernmost point is Middle Island in Lake Erie and the northern tip is Cape Columbia on Ellesmere Island Canada is bounded on the north by the Arctic Ocean on the west by the pacific Ocean and on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and its associated bodies of water including Baffin Bay and the Labrador Sea Canada has an abundance of mineral forest and water-power resources The mining industry has been a major force in Canadas economic development in the past and is still the main force in the advance and economic activity and permanent settlement into the northlands The principal minerals are petroleum nickel copper zinc iron ore natural gas asbestos molybdenum sulfur gold and platinum in addition extensive beds of coal potash uranium gypsum silver and magnesium are found Fresh water covers an estimated 756 276 sq km or 76 of Canada The many rivers and lakes supply ample fresh water to meet the nations needs for its communities and for irrigation agriculture industries transportation and hydroelectric power generation Canada has four principal drainage basins the Atlantic Basin which drains to the Atlantic Ocean by way of the Great Lakes and the St Lawrence River the Hudson Bay Basin which drains northward into Hudson Bay via the Churchill Nelson and Saskatchewan rivers the Arctic Basin which is drained by the Mackenzie River and the Pacific Basin which drains into the Pacific Ocean via the Fraser Yukon and Columbia rivers Canada has six major physical or physiographic regions the
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