Western Cordillera

Visit the Western Cordillera to enjoy an wonderful experience that you'll never forget.

The Western Cordillera is known for its rocky mountain. Its has jagged surface with huge plateaus. From a birds eye view, you can see a sea of irregular mountains. The region is located in the edge of western Canada. It stretches over 800km from the Canada and USA's border to the north of the Arctic circle which makes one-sixth of Canada's land. The two main climate areas are southwest coastal plain, mountains and interior plateaus. In the southwest coastal plains, the climate is mild, wet winters with warm summers. The mountain and interior plains usually have cold winters and cold summers. For some days, the temperature can be below freezing than anywhere else in Canada. On the western side of the coast mountains, they get more precipitation and can rain up to 2000mm each year. On the eastern side of the mountains, that side is dryer because of the rain's shadow. The western cordillera also has a lot of resources besides the forestry. The rocks that are found in this in this region for non-metallic minerals are found in igneous rocks and for the non-metallic minerals are found in sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.

The western cordillera vegetation.

This is a map of Canada which show the location of the Cordillera. The Western Cordillera has two large cities, Vancouver and Victoria.

Activities

Here in the Western Cordillera, the rocky mountain are perfect for skiing and snowboarding  in the winter. Rock climbing and biking can also be done as the weather gets warmer in the summers. You can go wildlife viewing and see lots if interesting animals that life in the forest. There is also a ranger-led programs for you and your family to experience. Visitor centers will be open for the whole day as well as the resort. At the resort, there will be a section that be renting snowshoe if you would like to use.

Climate Change

The region is at a high latitude, which means that it will be hard for the sun to shine though and warm the area. Next to the region is the pacific ocean which is most of the time warm due to the affects by the ocean currents. In the winter, the ocean has a job in warming up the surrounding area. Since the region has lots of mountains, its greatly affected by elevation. Because of this, the air becomes thinner and won't support the moisture, causing precipitation.

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