Cordillera

by Brandon, Kenny and Brandi

Cordillera

Introduction

Did you ever wonder why people live where they live? The purpose of this report is to explain why people live where they live in Canada. In order to answer this question, we researched the various geographical regions of Canada to find this out. We examined the geography, climate, vegetation, wildlife, occupations, sport and recreation and the people of these regions. This report will focus on the Cordillera region of Canada.

Geography

The Cordillera region is located in the western part of Canada taking up most of British Columbia, Yukon, and cutting into the Rocky Mountains. Some major landforms are: mountains, trees, grass, forests, and water. Large bodies of water can also be found in this region. They include Williston Lake, Okanogan Lake, Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River. The landscape of the Cordillera region can be described as rocky with mountains, trees, grass, forests, and lots of water.

Climate

The climate of the Cordillera region varies throughout the year. Summers can be hot, warm, rainy, breezy, and have cool evenings. Winters can be cold, rainy, breezy, and snowy. The climate in the Cordillera region can be described as cool, breezy, warm, hot, and rainy.

Vegetation

There is a variety of vegetation that grows in the Cordillera region. The vegetation includes: douglas fir, forage grass, white spruce, lodge pole pine, ponderosa pine, and many other grasses. This vegetation grows here because it rains a lot and the soil is good.

Wildlife

A variety of wildlife can be found throughout the Cordillera region. Some of the animals are: falcons, woodland caribou, deer, moose, squirrel, wolverines, grizzly bears, mountain goats, and golden eagles. These animals make this region their home because of the mountains and because of the trees, grass, landscape, food, and beautiful nature.

Occupations

There are many different and interesting occupations in the Cordillera region. Some major occupations are forestry and mining. These occupations provide the people with money, houses, and wood.

Sports and Recreation

The Cordillera region offers a variety of sport and recreational activities. Sporting and recreational activities include: rafting, fishing, golf, mountain biking, horse back riding, canoeing, cross country skiing and downhill skiing. These are popular activities in this region because of the weather and the landscape.

People

Many of the people live in cites. Three of the larger cites are Whitehorse, Victoria and Vancouver. There is a wide variety of cultural groups that live in this region. The larger cultural groups include English, French and Chinese.

Conclusion

Why have people chosen to live in the Cordillera region of Canada? There are many reasons why. Some of these reasons include the nature, weather, animals, jobs, activities, and the water. As you can see, the Cordillera region has much to offer to the people who choose to live there.

Last modified: December 2003

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