The largest lake in Canada, by surface area, is Great Bear Lake. It spans more than 4,000 square miles and is shared between the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. At an average depth of 104 meters, it’s also one of the deepest lakes in North America.
Other large Canadian lakes include Great Slave Lake, second in size to Great Bear and third-largest by volume at 102 cubic kilometers; and Lake Winnipegosis on the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border.
The name comes from the French term “bêcheur,” which means someone who bores (with an auger). The species is a freshwater fish, often caught by anglers and prized for its fighting qualities when on the hook.
Canada is a North American country stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north. Major cities include massive Toronto, west coast film center Vancouver, French-speaking Montréal and Québec City, and capital city Ottawa. Canada’s vast swaths of wilderness include lake-filled Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains. It’s also home to Niagara Falls, a famous group of massive waterfalls.
Lake Winnipeg is the second-largest freshwater lake in Canada by volume and the third-largest by area (about 4,300 square miles or 11,000 square kilometers). The name comes from an indigenous word meaning “muddy waters.” Other major lakes include Lake Athabasca, one of the largest lakes in the world by area, and Great Bear Lake.
Lake Winnipeg is located between Manitoba and Saskatchewan on the boundary with North Dakota. The lake flows into Lake Winnipegosis to the west. Other major Canadian lakes include Great Slave Lake, Lake Athabasca, and Great Bear Lake.