You probably know a little bit about Australia and it’s people from watching the Crocodile Hunter on television! Both Australia and Canada have huge and empty areas of land, extremes in temperature, and histories shaped by the British. Australia's relationship with Canada goes as far back as the 18th century, as many of the sailors and soldiers who founded Australia in 1788 were previously stationed in Nova Scotia. Due to their British roots, Australians in Canada are often thought to be British. However, Australians will say that they have developed their own culture based on rural tradition reflected in much of their art, literature and music.
Australians in Alberta have been active in a wide range of sports and recreation activities, including skiing, soccer, harness racing, golf, rowing, squash, cricket, tennis, rugby and swimming. Many Australian professional tennis players, golfers, squash players and motor-racers visit Alberta and other Canadian provinces for competitions. Australian symphony orchestras, rock groups, ballet companies and opera stars frequently delight audiences across the country.