Great Lakes St. Lawrence Lowlands:
Maple Syrup Business

Physical Features


The climate in the Great lakes St. Lawrence Lowlands depends on the season. There are four seasons which include winter, spring, summer and fall. It has very cold winter's and very hot summer's.

Natural Landscape

The Great lakes St. Lawrence Lowlands does not contain many areas with flat land, but has a lot of small hills and slopes. It contains many bodies of water and forest.

Vegetation and Soil

The soil in the Great lakes St. Lawrence Lowlands is the most fertile soil in Eastern Canada. This soil is great for plowing and farming. All types of vegetation is grown here. There are mainly confierous and deciduous forests; which contain trees like: spruce, fir, maple, pine, cedar and many more.

Rock Types

The rocks found in the Great lakes St. Lawrence Lowlands are Sedimentary rocks like Sandstone, Shale and Limestone. The rocks contain a large source of zinc, iron ore, coal, silver and lead.


The Great lakes St. Lawrence Lowlands is the smallest region in Canada, yet has the biggest population. It is located on the southern parts of Ontario and Quebec. The major cities include Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal.

Human Activities

There are many resources available in the Great lakes St. Lawrence Lowlands for businesses to use. The types of resources available are fruits, the water system, farming, hydroelectricity, fish, minerals, soil, forestry and more. The climate effects certain businesses in positive and negative ways depending on the time of the year. In the winter, businesses like skiing resorts, snow plowing, winter clothing, shovels, ice skating, sidewalk salt, heaters, winter tires, fire wood and more; benefit from the cold weather. In the summer, businesses like camping, swimming suits, ice cream, air conditioning, farming, cruises and more; benefit from the hot weather.

How To Make Maple Syrup

Climate Change Impact

The climate change will effect every business differently, but every business will have a chance to benefit from the climate sometime throughout the year. For my maple syrup business, the climate change will effect it both positivly and negatively. Maple syrup is made by boiling the sap from sugar maple trees and it has to be a certain temperature for the sap to come out of the tree. The climate changes are becoming so inconstant that it is effecting the flow of the sap. The best time to collect sap is usually late winter, early March; but since the climate change is effecting the tree and the flow of sap, the timing might shift a bit. The climate change will also effect the Great lakes and St. Lawrence Lowlands. It will have negative impacts on the environment and bodies of water, which are both important to alot of businesses. If the climate changes continue, the wetlands will soon star drying out, a decline in the water quality and a lot more.

Risk Of Natural Disaster

The natural disaster that is most likely to occur in the Great lakes St. Lawrence Lowlands is an ice storm. Ice storms are storms of freezing rain that turn into smooth ice when it touches a surface. It is very dangerous, especially while driving since the streets will be covered with slippery ice. Ice storms occur when snow melts into rain, then the rain touches the cold air; which causes the rain to become supercooled.