Hi! I'm so excited because we're going on a family road trip across Canada! We are going to visit the Cordillera, the Interior Planes, and the Canadian Shield. I can't wait to see all the beautiful landmarks that I learned about in socials class.
Today we are hiking The Chief, it is a hike on the traditional Squamish First Nation's territory. It is part of the Coastal Mountain Range which was formed by plate tectonics. Two plates collided and the oceanic crust subducted. Now there are beautiful mountains. We are also near the Britannia Mine Museum which talks about British Columbia's mining history. There is a long history of mining in the Codillera due to mineral deposits.
Today we are doing the Tanglefoot Lake/Mause Creek trail! It's a hided jem in Cranbrook BC and is in the interior forest biome. There are so many pretty coniferous and evergreen trees. We are in th Rocky Mountains. They were formed by subduction of tectonic plates. It's so hot here because the climate is affected by its elevation, and its far away from the ocean which regulates temperatures.
Today we are hiking the Wood Bison trail in Elk Island National Park, Alberta. There are so many beautiful deciduous trees which are common in the Interior Planes. There are also patches of prairie grasses. We even spotted a Wood Bison, which are native to this area.
The Canadian Shield is the largest region in Canada and is known for its lakes, rivers, and streams. The lakes were created when glaciers picked up and deposited rocks and soil and then melted. Today we are fishing in Reindeer Lake, Saskatchewan. There are lots of exposed rocks due to glaciers scraping away the dirt long ago. There are lots of smaller deciduous and evergreen trees because of the thin soil.
Today we are in Ottawa, Ontario. It is the capital of Canada and is home to Parliament Hill, lots of museums, and many Victorian style buildings. It has a history of logging and trade but is now the capital city of Canada. The Climate of Ottawa has hot summers and harsh winters because the temperature is not regulated by Lake Ontario. Since the Canadian shield is so large the climate varies from place to place.