This is a picture of the North American beaver. I chose to use the beaver as an image of Canada's identity because I believe it represents us well.
First off, the beaver is usually considered synonymous with Canada because it resides in many parts of Canada, so our country is brought to mind when one views the beaver. Next, the beaver is an intelligent, resourceful and enduring creature who defends its territory with pride, just like Canadians. The presence of beavers is also considered a Canadian stereotype, but its presence actually shows how similar Canada is to many other countries, as the beaver is found in America, and many parts of Eurasia. Also the beaver has a built in hammer and chainsaw. Thats pretty awesome. Image Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaver#Habitat