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This map shows the route that we have traveled on our ecozones journey.
We used cars, planes, a train, and a ferry to get from Clinton, our starting point, to Alkimiski Island,our finishing point. Actual Route-
Start at Clinton drive to Quebec city.Drive from Quebec city to Caribou NovaScotia than take the ferry to PEI and drive to Charrolette town.
Fly from Charlottetown to Kangirsuk, Quebec. Fly from Kangirsuk to Resolute Nunivuit. Drive from Resolute to Yellowknife. Drive from Yellowknife to Fort Providence.Drive from Fort Providence to Victoria.Drive to Kamloops from Victoria than take train to Calgary. Drive from Calgary to Alkimiki Island. Day One - Clinton:
It is day one, and we are leaving Clinton at 3am so we can take the long drive to Quebec City. It will take up 970km and about 11hours to get to our hotel, Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.
Day One - Quebec City:
As soon as we arrived at our hotel, Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, in Quebec City, we unpacked our things and got to work looking for fun things to do in the three days we were to stay there. We booked an agent to take us hot air ballooning over the Plains of Abraham, and saw Quebec from above.As we were above Quebec we decided to take sometime after the sight seeing and look at the ecozone. Quebec is part of the Boreal Shield ecozone.
The Boreal Shield Ecozone has landforms such as plains and low hills. It has very long winters, at an average temperature of -15 degrees Celsius. It has short summers, at an average temperature of 17 degrees Celsius. The annual precipitation is 400 to 1000 mm, and growing season is from 130 to 190 days. Vegetation includes both coniferous and deciduous trees, including black spruce, jack pine, and balsam fir coniferous trees, and yellow birch, sugar maple, and black ash deciduoous trees. The soils in this ecozone are heavily leached, with bare rock and swampy areas. The total population of the Boreal Shield is 1 695 000, and it has a Gross Domestic Product of about $49 billion. Economic activities include forestry, mining, tourism, recreation, and trapping. Wildlife includes moose, black bear, lynx, boreal owl, and woodland caribou.
After looking into the ecozone, we then gathered our wallets and went shopping in Petit Champlain, and bought some gear for our walk a bit later in Canyon Ste-Anne. While we were at the Canyon, we took part in activities such as zip lining, and mountain biking. While Tyson was mountain biking, he got caught in the moment as he reached the top of the hill, and went to lift his bike over his head in a glorious moment, but instead he accidentally underestimated his strength and threw the bike over the cliff. He had to walk the rest of the way while Miranda, Kyla and Clara biked home. He was alone. It was also cold. And a bit dark.
Day Two - Quebec City:
We all woke up and got to business making the best out of this trip by booking a go at hebertism. With this, we climbed the tree canopy using a series of bridges, platforms, and other things. This took up most of our day, so we went to eat lunch at Le Café Du Monde. We then went shopping some more, and then went to dinner at Le Cosmos Café.
Day Three - Quebec City:
It was our last day at Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, so we spent most of the day packing our things, cleaning up, and arranging our drive to Caribou. We all liked different activities the best Tyson liked mountain biking in Ste-Anne the best, Miranda liked hot air ballooning over the Plains of Abraham, Kyla enjoyed shopping at Petit Champlain the most, and Clara liked eating at the french restaurants like Le Cosmos Café. Onto Charlottetown.
Taiga Cordillera Boreal Shield
Boreal Cordillera Hudson Plain
Pacific Maritime Mixed Wood Plain
Montane Cordillera Atlantic Maritime
Boreal Plain Southern Arctic
Taiga Plain Northern Arctic
Prairie Arctic Cordillera
Hot air Balloon ride
Tyson getting carried away Clara's dish at the cafe. Zip lining :D Frightening hebertism, climbing ree conopyies using a series of bridges and platforms Hotel we stayed in.
In the background there was some sort of fair going on. Day Four - Charlottetown:
After driving from Quebec City to Caribou,then taking a ferry to Wood Island, we than drove to Charlottetown. We unpacked our things again at our new hotel, Best Western. On the way, we passed many attractive looking beaches, so we decided to take a ride to Basin Head beach, and spent the day tanning.
Day Five - Charlottetown:
When we woke up, we decided to take it easy for a day, we decided to go golfing at Fox Meadow Golf & Country Club. We went for 18 holes, then decided to eat dinner at Peake’s Quay to relax. The restaurant served mostly fish, seeing as it’s on an island, but it was still really good.
We also discovered that PEI is on the Atlantic maritime Ecozone. The Atlantic Maritime Ecozone is made up of hills and coastal plains. It has long, mild winters, with an average of -4 degrees Celsius and moderately warm summers at an average of 17 degrees Celsius. Annual precipitation is 1000 to 1400 mm, and growing season is from 180 to 210 days. Vegetation is coniferous and deciduous, with coniferous trees like white pine, red spruce, and red pine, and deciduous trees like sugar maple, red oak, and yellow birch. Soils are leached and wet. Population is 2 510 000, and it has a Gross Domestic Product of $39.9 billion. Some economic activities in this ecozone are forestry, agriculture, fishing, tourism, and urbanization. Wildlife in this ecozone includes the white-tailed deer, moose, black bear, northern flying squirrel, bobcat, and snowshoe hare.
Day Six - Charlottetown:
Before getting ready to leave, we decided it would be a good idea to go shopping again. We went to Charlottetown Mall and bought more souvenirs to bring to our next location: Kangirsuk. We got back to the hotel, and said goodbye to Best Western as we prepared to board the plane. We could all agree that our favourite part of this section of the trip were the beaches they were blue, sunny, fun, and spontaneous what with all the random fish.
Basin beach Bunker Tyson lost his ball in Meal Miranda ordered from Peakes Quay
Tyson got bad gas as a reaction to the
wine he stole from Miranda. Day Seven - Kangirsuk:
Our time in Kangirsuk was a little different - this time we had no hotel to go to. We were camping in the great outdoors. When we unpacked our tent and set it up, we got out the gear we brought from Quebec City and went fishing. The water was so nice that we also decided to go for a swim.
As we were in Kangirsuk we were able to explore and look into the ecozone better than we could than any other ecozone that we had visited so far. Kangirsuk is in the Southern ecozone. The Southern Arctic Ecozone has landforms of plains and hills. This ecozone has long winters with an average of -25 degrees Celsius and short summers, with an average of 10 degrees Celsius. It has low annual precipitation with only 200 to 300 mm. Growing season is 80 days. The ecozone’s vegetation is tundra, including shrubs. Permafrost is everywhere, with tundra soils, and bare rock. The total population is $0.15 billion, and economic activities are hunting, trapping, tourism, and mineral development. Wildlife in the ecozone includes caribou, arctic fox, lynx, and snowshoe hare.
As the sun went down, we had a campfire and cooked fish over the fire and watched the stars, then headed to bed.
Day Eight - Kangirsuk:
When we woke up from our night under the stars, we decided to explore the town nearby. We found that it was very dirty. So we cleaned it up by taking garbage and putting it where it belongs;in a garbage can. As we were cleaning the streets of this small town, we found a small litter of four kittens alone and scared. We adopted the kittens as a souvenir,they were very happy that we were taking care of them, for noone else would. We each got one cat and named them. Tyson’s cat was named Chuck, after Chuck Norris. Miranda’s cat was a little different, as it had three good legs, but the fourth was shorter than the others, it twitched often, it wore an eyepatch, the end of its tail was bald, and it coughed up hair balls at an irregular rate, it was also the runt, so she named it Chag Zeffron. Kyla named her cat Diamonte. Clara named her’s Aphrodite. After bringing our kittens back to the campsite, we packed our stuff back up and prepared for our flight to Resolute at 7:00 pm. This is the beach we stayed on in Kangirsuk Miranda's new kitty Chag overhead veiw of kangirsuk Day Ten - Yellowknife:
Our flight arrived in Yellowknife at 7:00 p.m. As we got to Chateau Nova, the hotel we were staying at in Yellowknife, we saw some guy carrying diamonds on a string. We went to ask him where we could get our own. He convinced us to pay him to take us diamond mining after he helped us take our bags to our room. The man had a long scruffy beard, similar to Dumbledore’s, and wore only bear skin mittens. We followed him into a dark cavern, where he then exposed something beautiful to us, and told us we’d never see anything like them again: emerald cut diamonds. That’s right, the cave naturally cut them itself. He helped us string them to what we later found out wasn’t string, but braided narwhal whiskers, so we could make our own necklaces out of the diamonds.
After we were finish diamond hunting we decided that it would be a good idea to call it a night. We headed back to our hotel and went to bed before the long day ahead of us.
Day Eleven- Yellowknife
We woke up early in the morning to plan the day ahead of us. We decided that we would walk the trails around the town, go sailing on great slave lake, and veiw the flowers and tundra, and possible get some great pictures of some of them.
First we went hiking along the trails of town, we discovered some cute animals along the way. One of the most interesting was the raven. This raven was not to happy with us though, Tyson decided he would like to take a picture of this birds nest while the bird was in it, it was still dark at the time so he had his flash on. Tyson took his picture and the flash went into the poor birds eye, this bird then decided it would be a wonderful idea to chase us all though the trails, thanks to Tyson.
Since our trailing adventures were over, we than headed to Great Slave lake were we went to go sailing. This was an amazing experience, we got to veiw the town from the lake which was a great sight. Kyla and Clara decided they would like to look over the edge of the boat, they both almost fell over twice, luckily they both have great balence. We didnt stay out on the lake to long, we wanted to go look at some flowers, take some more pictures, and possibly explore this ecozone.
Yellowknife's ecozone was beautiful. Yellow knife is in the Taiga Sheild ecozone; The Taiga Shield Ecozone has landforms of plains and hills. It has moderately long, cold winters at an average of -25 degrees Celsius, and short, cool summers at an average of 12 degrees Celsius. It gets from 300 to 900 mm of precipitation, with a growing season of 100 to 140 days. Vegetation includes black spruce, jack pine, paper birch, and trembling aspen. It has thin, highly-leached soils, and bare rock. The total population of the ecozone is 34 000, with a GDP of $1.1 billion. Economic activities are tourism, mining, hunting, and trapping. Wildlife includes lynx, beaver, grizzly bear, arctic fox, moose, and snowshoe hare.
Day Twelve- Fort Providence
We left Yellowknife at 5:00 p.m., and arrived at our hotel that we stayed in, the Snowshoe Inn. It was too late to get started on our activities, so we started to plan our next day, and decided on watching the bison, canoeing in the Mackenzie River, wake boarding, and visiting the Lady Evelyn Falls. We prepared to get up early the next day so we could get everything done.
Day Thirteen- Fort Providence
We woke up at 6:00 a.m. and drove to the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary, where we learned that there are over 2000 bison in Fort Providence, compared to only 750 humans. Sadly, our tour guide told us it is impossible to adopt one of these bison. After we watched the bison for a little while, we drove to the Mackenzie River, where we went canoeing and wakeboarding. When Tyson was wakeboarding, the board couldn’t hold his weight and broke. He was lost until three hours later, when he dragged himself up on shore. It also turns out, he lost his shorts sometime in the water. A fish decided he would like to use Tyson's shorts as food for his family, and he ate them. Kyla, who decided to be nicer to Tyson than Miranda and Clara, who were laughing at Tyson, went back into town so Tyson could get out of the water and bought him a new pair of shorts. We then drove to Lady Evelyn Falls, after Tyson felt he was safe again, which was an amazing sight to see. Lady Evelyn Falls was pretty nice too. When we were there, we started thinking about the ecozone Fort Providence lies in, the Taiga Plains. We learned that the Taiga Plains Ecozone is made up of plains and some foothills. It has long, cold winters at an average of -23 degrees Celsius, and short, cool summers at an average of 12 degrees Celsius. Annual precipitation is 200 to 400 mm, and growing season is from 80 days to 150 days. Vegetation includes black spruce, white spruce, Jack pine, tamarack, and trembling aspen. It has continuous permafrost in the north, and scattered permafrost further south. It has a wide variety of poor quality soils. The total population is 21 000, with a GDP of $0.5 billion. Economic activities are hunting, trapping, tourism, oil and gas development, and agricultural. Wildlife in the Taiga Plains includes caribou, lynx, moose, bison, and wolves.
It turns out that was all we could experience in Fort Providence so we left Fort Providence at 4:00 p.m. and were on our way to Victoria. Well, at first we attempted because Clara had a bison that kept following her around, she named him Michou and said her final goodbyes to her new friend. Off to Victoria.
We decided that we have done enough in Yellowknife and we were all very tired. We went back to our hotel, and went straight to bed for we were waking up really early; 5am This is the bison that followed Clara around :D Kyla's canoe. Shorts Kyla bought for poor Tyson Day Eight-Resolute
We arrived at the Bay Hotel around 11:30 p.m. We sat on the roof of the hotel, and watched the Northern Lights. While we were sitting there, a puffin(arctic penguin) landed on the roof. Miranda attempted to catch and adopt the penguin, but it flew away before she had the chance. A puffin is one of the many wildlife in the Northern Arctic ecozone. There is little wildlife in this ecozone, but there are caribou and muskoxen on land, and walrus, narwhal, and beluga whale in the ocean. The ecozone is made up of plains and upland areas. It has long winters at an average of -30 degrees Celsius, and short summers at an average of 5 degrees Celsius. It gets 200 mm of precipitation annually, and growing season is 50 days. Vegetation is tundra, with ground-hugging plants. Soils are permafrost and tundra soils. The total population is 16 000, with a GDP of $0.38 billion. Economic activities include hunting, tourism, and some mining.
After sitting on the roof for a while, it was getting late so we went to bed.
We woke up around 8:00 a.m. and got ready to hike up to a polar bear watching site. When we reached the site, we quickly realized that there were no polar bears, but only a small group of Inuit children, singing oompa-loompa songs in a deep, husky monotone. We sang along with them for a while, and then hiked up to a whale watching site. We saw four beluga whales, but were quickly bored of Resolute. It was too cold. We hiked back to the hotel, and gathered our belongings to get ready for our flight to Yellowknife. The flight left at 3:00 p.m. Day Fourteen- Victoria
We drove for 28 hours straight from Fort Providence, and arrived at the Grand Pacific Hotel at 8:00 p.m. Victoria is in the Pacific Maritime Ecozone.
The Pacific Maritime ecozone has mountains and small areas of coastal plains. It has mild winters at an average of 3 degrees Celsius, and cool summers at an average of 15 degrees Celsius. This ecozone gets from 600 to 2000 mm of precipitation annually, and has a growing season of 200 to 260 days. Vegetation includes western red cedar, Douglas fir, western hemlock, sitka, and spruce. It has a wide variety of mountain soils. Its population is 2 504 000, and a GDP of $58.2 billion. Economic activities include forestry, urbanization, agriculture, and fish processing. Some wildlife in this ecozone are black-tailed deer, grizzly bears, cougars, and wolves.We went to bed to prepare for an early start the next day.
Day Fifteen- Victoria
We woke up at 6:00 a.m. and drove to the parliament buildings. We took a tour which lasted about an hour, and we learned that the buildings were constructed in 1893 by a 25 year old architect named Francis Rattenbury. After that, we drove to the Maritime Museum of Canada. Here they had many exhibits representing British Columbia’s maritime heritage. We sang the song “I’m on a Boat” before being kicked out for having too much swagga. 26 minutes later, we had arrived at Butchart Gardens. It had very colorful displays of flowers, trees, shrubs, and waterfalls. After we walked through the gardens, we drove to the Mayfair Shopping Centre. We all went to Build-a-Bear and created our own bears. Clara’s bear was named Cuddles, Kyla’s bear was named Fuzzy, Tyson’s bear was named Teddy, and Miranda’s bear was named Workis Horatio Hogglestein. Her bear was missing an eye and was not properly stitched. We looked around the mall for a while, and then left. We left for Kamloops, to catch a train to Calgary. Waterfalls and flowers Tyson's bear
Puffin that Miranda attempted to adopt. Whale The diamond mine The creepy old guy did not want his picture taken, but he looked similar to this. Tyson's angry raven The picture Clara and Kyla took on the boat. He's saying,
"Come get diamonds, young ones" Day 16 - Calgary
When we got off the train in Calgary, we were excited to see another version of the Fairmont hotel, like the one we stayed at in Quebec. Of course, it was very nice. At least four stars. Kyla noticed some guy riding a bull outside our hotel, so she asked him what was up with the bull. The man shouted, "I'm sick of this bull!" and gave Kyla the bull-leash. So, we had a random bull as a pet, which only liked Kyla, but tried to kill Tyson, Miranda and Clara numerous times. Mostly Clara, he really hated her. We named him Bull, as we fell in love with his bold personality instantly. We also decided to enter Bull in the Calgary Stampede, that day. He needed no training, as he was also extremely intelligant. He even knew how to scribe his name into the dirt with his horns. Kyla was going to ride him in the stampede, and she was going to be victorious. This was our plan, and we knew it would work so we just went to the stadium -- until we noticed Kyla hadn't actually touched him yet, and as she sat on him, she broke out in a terrible rash. Apparently, Kyla's allergic to bull fur, but no one was aware because she only had him on a bull-leash and only brushed him with a bull-comb. There was panic as we realized that Bull hated everyone else, especially Clara, but we needed someone to ride him. The stampede was in two minutes. Something had to be done. Clara spoke up, and said she kind of always wanted to be a cowgirl, despite her growing up in the city. Clara and Bull looked each other in the eyes, and at that moment, they declared tough-love. In a fit of triumph, the last ones to go, it was finally Clara and Bull's turn. They got out to the stadium, tension building. She got on him. They did whatever they have to do to make Bull freak out to start the whole thing. And Clara flew off instantly, because she weighs too little, kind of like everyone expected her to, but for some reason had some faith that she wouldn't. A sad silence fell over the crowd, as dust clouded everyone's vision of her, laying limp in the dirt. As the dust cleared, everyone fell into an even deeper, tenser silence. Tyson started to run forward to help her, but Miranda placed her hand on his shoulder, looked him in the eye, and shook her head slowly. "This was her dream," she said quietly. Tyson nodded and stepped back. Bull walked over to Clara's still body, and nudged her with his nose. Clara raised her head, and the crowd gasped. She got up perfectly fine, and everyone cheered. But Clara was bawling her face off. "I LOSTTTTT," she freaked. Then a hip youngster came onto the scene and declared "Little did y'all know, but i's opposite day, YO! Dis l'il mama wins!" So apparently it was opposite day, and being on for the least amount of time actually made Clara and Bull win. Then we left.
Day 17 - Calgary:
That morning, everyone was really sore, so we all decided on one definite thing: relaxing, and splurging. We all rode Bull to Sunridge Mall, and paid the people to let us bring him in with us, seeing as he was so well behaved. We bought him a trailer-stable thing so he could come with us everywhere we went, and some bull food. We also bought tons for ourselves as souvenirs, like clothes and stuff. Tyson even got his hair done all fancy looking, while Kyla, Clara, and Miranda planned dinner reservations at Teatro. They headed to get fancy dresses to wear (yes, even Tyson). After Tyson was done prettying himself up, Kyla, Clara, and Miranda dolled themselve's up to, made Bull feel at home in his trailer, we headed to Teatro. It was a beautiful restaurant, extremely fancy, and very expensive. Just the thing they needed to wind down. They stayed and chatted with other Calgarians until about midnight, then decided to call it a night.
Day 18 - Calgary:
Today we did not really get to look at the ecozone, so we read up on it. Calgary is in the Pacfic Maritime ecozone;
The Pacific Maritime ecozone has mountains and small areas of coastal plains. It has mild winters at an average of 3 degrees Celsius, and cool summers at an average of 15 degrees Celsius. This ecozone gets from 600 to 2000 mm of precipitation annually, and has a growing season of 200 to 260 days. Vegetation includes western red cedar, Douglas fir, western hemlock, sitka, and spruce. It has a wide variety of mountain soils. Its population is 2 504 000, and a GDP of $58.2 billion. Economic activities include forestry, urbanization, agriculture, and fish processing. Some wildlife in this ecozone are black-tailed deer, grizzly bears, cougars, and wolves. We decided it would be our last day in calgary, so we packed up out things, and left to out final destination. Clara as a cowgirl Kyla's Bull After Clara fell off Bull Tyson's dress Day 18 - Akimiski Island:
Before we got to the island itself, we remembered something: we can't drive on water. So we stopped in a city near James Bay, called Attawapiskat, and bought a canoe for seven people so we could canoe to Akimiski with Bull, where we would be camping once more. We tied the canoe to our car, and continued on our way. After we arrived on the island, we istantly looked around and studied the ecozone;The Hudsons Plains. The Hudson Plains Ecozone is made up of low-lying, swampy plains. It has moderately long, cold winters at an average temperature of -17 degrees Celsius, and moderately short, cool summers at 14 degrees Celsius. This ecozone gets from 400 to 700 mm of annual precipitation, with a growing season of 90 to 150 days. Vegetation is ground-hugging tundra, and increasingly dense forest in the south(white spruc, black spruce, tamarack, and Jack pine). The soils are poorly developed organic and permafrost soils. The total population is 10 000, with a GDP of $0.1 billion. Economic activities include hunting, trapping, and recreation. Some wildlife in this ecozone are moose, caribou, black bears, and weasels. After studing the ecozone we let Bull walk around freely, and we decided to go bird watching while he roamed the island. We saw many types of birds, like Marbled Godwits, Banded Semipalmated Plovers, Northern Pintails, Mallards and American Black Ducks. It was a very nice, peaceful time, as we settled back at our campsite and setup camp. We also made a fire, and roasted marshmallows, hotdogs, and cooked fish we caught in the Bay as dinner. Miranda surprised us with chocolate and graham crackers, so we could make some s'mores. We stayed outside under the stars with Bull, similar to our time in Kangirsuk, and shortly fell asleep.
Day 19 - Akimiski Island:
Today, we were going to bike around the island, while Clara rode Bull. We raced sometimes, and we think Bull secretly learned to love Clara. After we decided to rest again for a bit and ride down the shore, we found many pretty shells in the sand, and we were glad we could get at least one souvenir from each place we visited. Later that day, at around 5:00 pm,we were all poofed, we decided to go to bed.
Day 19 - Home:
We all decided that we loved Akimiski Island. Miranda and Kyla build shelters in the trees just so we could live there. Tyson and Clara were very suprized, except for when Tyson fell through a trapped door in one of the huts. We replanked that hole he fell in, and spent the rest of our lives in peace.
our roasted marshmallow
View from under the stars
All seashells we found
Tree shelters THE END