Alice Munro is one of Canada's brightest literary stars and her work has established her as one of the greatest living writers of fiction. She also has the honour of being Canada's sole recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, which was won in 2013.
With its headquarters in Toronto and stores throughout the country, the Hudsons Bay Company is a well-known part of Canada's life and history.
There have been times when Canada was regarded as almost an extension of Scotland. And it's not hard to see why when you realise just how many Scottish place names and family names are to be found throughout Canada; and how many towns, rivers and mountains have been named in honour of Scottish explorers, traders and adventurers – from Mackenzie Bay and Calgary to Nova Scotia (New Scotland) itself.
David Livingstone, the world-famous missionary and explorer, was born 200 years ago today in Blantyre.
Tartan Day (6 April) has become an annual celebration of Scottish culture and heritage in Canada.
John Muir, the Scottish naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States, is being honoured this year with the first ever John Muir Day on April 21.
With immense territories stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west and the Arctic Ocean in the north, the mighty nation of Canada might seem as though it couldn't be more unlike its much smaller transatlantic cousin – Scotland.
We may be small, but we're punching well above our weight on an international level. Scotland and its people have played a major role in helping to develop the world as we know it today.
Scotland celebrates as it is named one of the world's first Fair Trade Nations.
It's impossible to write about the history of Canada without mentioning Sir John A. MacDonald. A proud Scotsman, MacDonald served as Canada's first (and third) Prime Minister. He was hugely also influential in creating the Confederation of Canada, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.