More Maple Leafs Than You Can Shake a Hockey Stick At

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Outside magazine, June 1996

More Maple Leafs Than You Can Shake a Hockey Stick At
By Cory Johnson

Mention the word Canada, and ice hockey and off-kilter accents come to mind. What you may not realize is that Canada, as the second largest country in the world, is an immense stretch of untrammeled wilderness that makes the United States look like a poor man’s playground.

United States Canada
Land area, square miles 3,618,770 3,849,670
Population 264,418,109 29,733,00
Number of cities larger than 500,000 population 23 9
Wild polar bear population 5,000 15,000
Miles of coastline 12,383 33,705
Largest national park Wrangell-St. Elias, Alaska: 13,018 square miles Wood Buffalo, Alberta/Northwest Territories: 17,298.1 square miles
Starting national park ranger salary (U.S. dollars) $17,055 $26,333

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