Canadians and Their Wildlife

Boardwalk trail through the mossy rainforests of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Two caribous.
Tourists at the Niagara Falls, Ontario.
An Arctic fox in the Canadian Arctic.
Cattle in a pasture in the foothills of Alberta.
Street view of Toronto.
Grizzly bear chewing on a salmon in British Columbia.
A Canadian boy going swimming.
Map showing the different Canadian provinces.

Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of size, stretching from the Great Lakes to the Arctic. In the south there are big cities, expansive farmland and sprawling pastures, while the rest of the country mostly consists of wilderness. Canada’s land area, in other words, encompasses varied terrain, and people in different parts of the country may live vastly different lives. Nevertheless, even the city dwellers, though they live in a concrete jungle, often identify with the country’s wilderness, and excursions in the woodlands are therefore fairly common.

Rainforests

A place where nature-loving Canucks certainly go on excursions, and an area that is also one of the most fascinating woodland areas in Canada, is the temperate rainforests of British Columbia. Here, on occasion, grizzly bears can be seen fishing for salmon on river banks, and lush, green vegetation effectively shuts out the outside world. Also on the large country’s short list of spectacular scenery is the picture-perfect mountain landscape in the west, which stretches from the southern plains to the northern tundra. This landscape, as awe-inspiring as the waterfalls of Niagara, is scarcely inhabited by people, and borders with the serene Arctic north, where animals such as caribous and Arctic foxes call the icy surroundings home.

Different outdoor activities

As opposed to the Arctic tundra of northern Canada, where thick jackets are usually a must, the climate in southern Canada is characterized by warm summers and cold winters. This requires Canadians — who overwhelmingly live in the south — to change their entire wardrobe with the shifting seasons. The fluctuating temperatures, moreover, to the enjoyment of children and nature enthusiasts, also provide for different outdoor activities, such as swimming in lakes in the summer and skating on the same lakes during winter time.