Canada's Prairies

Tourism - Aalia Khan

Shaped by years of glaciation and wildfires, the Prairies are one of the most stunning geographical regions in the world.

This region's rolling grasslands, deep river valleys, and badlands are yours to discover today.

The Prairies stretch across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The last Ice Age left behind large deposits of sediments, which later transformed into the layers of sedimentary rock we have today.

Up north, the land is covered by a vast boreal forest - the largest intact forest left on the planet. It's the perfect place to go on your next hiking trip, or you could even take a helicopter to see what the forest looks like from above.

Further south, you'll find the iconic grasslands, famously known as the Breadbasket of Canada, where 95% of the land has been converted to farmland. Want to know where your wheat comes from? Here, you can visit the vast fields of crops that make up 80% of Canada's agricultural produce.

Heading west into Alberta are the Badlands, and then the mountains that mark the border between the Prairies and the Western Cordillera. Here, you can visit Canada's hoodoos, as well as the numerous cattle ranches that define the area's cowboy culture.

(Below) The prairies are the best place in Canada to go horseback riding with your friends.

Climate and Natural Disasters

Since this region is located on the leeward side of the mountains, it receives very little precipitation.

Droughts can occur and sudden lightning storms can result in wildfires, which can spread very quickly across the open plains.

The Prairies are accustomed to very cold winters and relatively mild summers, due to the cool Arctic wind that blows in from up north. As the climate gets warmer worldwide, there may be warmer summers and potentially more droughts and wildfires than the region can manage.

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