GREAT LAKES-ST.LAWRENCE LOWLANDS
TOURISM AND ATTRACTIONS: CANADA'S CAPITAL - OTTAWA
The Lowlands has a humid continental climate. The average July maximum temperature is 26.5°C. The average January minimum temperature is −14.8°C. They have an average annual high of 11.3°C and average annual low of 1.4°C. They have an annual temperature range of 9.9°C. Ottawa does not border Lake Ontario, unlike the region's other cities, which makes the summer temperatures higher in comparison. Great for a summer vacation!
Ottawa has a distinct natural landscape with wetlands, woodlands, river corridors and steep slopes. Wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems on earth. With an abundance of food and vegetative cover, they are a unique habitat for many different types of plants and animals. Large, complex arrangements of forests and wetlands in the rural area form the city’s core natural landscapes and these structure an overall natural landscape system. Six major rivers come together in Ottawa. Four of these run through the urban area: the Ottawa, Rideau, Jock, and Carp Rivers. There are over 100 more bodies of water present in the city. Definitely worth checking out while visiting the region!
VEGETATION AND SOIL
There is a variety of vegetation in the Great Lakes - St.Lawrence Lowlands. The soil is very fertile, thus allowing many things to be grown. Many trees (both deciduous and conifer) can be grown there as well. The region is home to many farms and forests in its rural area.
The details of the lowland's present landscape are the result of the last continental glaciation, followed by river erosion and deposition. The rock types in the region are composed of a rich source of metallic minerals such as iron, nickel, copper, zinc, uranium, gold, silver, platinum and molybdenum. It is also mainly comprised of sedimentary, shale and limestone rock.
ST. LAWRENCE LOWLANDS
The beautiful city of Ottawa provides many recreational opportunities for the Great Lakes-St.Lawrence Lowlands. For instance, you can visit the parliament buildings where the prime minister and MPs make big decisions. You can also visit some of the many parks in the city. You may even sit in on an Ottawa Senators game in the central city. This combined with the amazingly high summer temperatures make for a great tourist spot in the region!
Influence of climate change
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. In Ottawa approximately 49% of the contribution to the problem is from energy used in buildings; approximately 40% comes from transportation. Burning coal, oil and gas to produce heat and electricity and to drive cars, buses, trains, etc. produce most of the gasses that are causing our world to warm. You can prevent his from happening by being more energy efficient, trimming your waste and getting informed/involved.