As a whole, Canada is in theory a cultural mosaic. Historically, Canada has been influenced by British, French, and aboriginal cultures and traditions. Through their language, art and music, aboriginal peoples continue to influence the Canadian identity. Over time, elements of the cultures of Canada's immigrant populations have become incorporated into mainstream Canadian culture.
Canada's national symbols are influenced by natural, historical, and Aboriginal sources. The use of the maple leaf as a Canadian symbol dates to the early 18th century. Other prominent symbols include the beaver, Canada Goose, Common Loon, the Crown, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the totem pole and Inuksuk.
In sports, there are two world famous and is Canada's official national sports - ice hockey and lacrosse. Especially, ice hockey has won many championship, such as the Olympics. Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg have franchises in the National Hockey League (NHL). Other popular spectator sports in Canada include curling and Canadian football.
In arts, Canadian sculpture has been enriched by the walrus ivory, muskox horn and caribou antler and soapstone carvings by the Inuit artists. These carvings show objects and activities from the daily life, myths and legends of the Inuit. Inuit art since the 1950s has been the traditional gift given to foreign dignitaries by the Canadian government.
The Music of Canada has reflected the multi-cultural influences that have shaped the country. Aboriginals, the French, and the British have all made contributions to the musical heritage of Canada. The music has subsequently been heavily influenced by American culture because of its proximity and migration between the two countries. Canadian rock has had a considerable impact on the development of modern popular music and the development of the most popular sub-genres. If you are a movie fanatic, you must go to Toronto in September. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is considered by many to be one of the most prevalent film festivals for Western cinema. It is the première film festival in North America from which the Oscars race begins.