The Interior Plains


Right Between The Cordillera and the Canadian Shield is The Interior Plains. It can be found in some parts of The Yukon, The Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The Interior Plains is not all prairies as people think it is. In fact, the only parts of The Interior Plains that can be considered as prairies are Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. This is because prairies are usually referred to as open areas of grassland which these 3 provinces have. The Interior Plains itself has a lot more to it than just prairie grasslands.

Physical Features


Most of The Interior Plains' population tends to be greater in the south. This is because of The Interior Plains' Climate. You see, the climate of The Interior Plains depends on which part you're in. In the north, the winters are harsh, long, and cold while the summers are short, cool, and not too hot. In the south, it's the opposite. The winters are shorter and warmer while the summers are long and hot. Who wants to live in the cold? Not many people. This is why the population chooses the south over the north. Anyway, for those living in the south, most of the towns and cities are usually beside a water source. This is because The Interior Plains truly needs water. It tends to be really dry in the south.

Physical Landscape

Most of The Interior Plains is flat land. In fact there are 3 levels of elevation and each gets higher the more you move to the west. Picture a staircase facing west with only three steps on it and you should generally get the picture. Anyway, these 3 levels of flat elevation contain hills, cliffs, low mountains, forests, wide river valleys, and even sand dunes! It's a very amazing region of Canada that you definitely have to explore.

Soil and Vegetation

The Interior Plains' soil is very fertile because it contains a lot of sediments and mineral deposits. This soil can be very good for growing crops. With The interior Plains' physical landscape, creating farmland is easier because of how flat it is. Also, as I said before, some parts of The Interior Plains contain a lot of forests. Currently growing there are: Long Root Grass, June Grass, Porcupine Grass, Pin Spruce Trees, and Fir Trees.

Rock Types

The Interior Plains contains Sedimentary rock, Igneous rock, and Metamorphic rock. The Sedimentary rock comes from sediments being brought from The Rocky Mountains and The Canadian Shield. These sediments, as I said before, make the soil very fertile but a lot of these sediments formed into sedimentary rock as well. Underneath all the sedimentary rock (Very Thick) lies Igneous and Metamorphic rock.

Business Opportunities


As I said before, some parts of The Interior Plains are perfect for farming. The nice flat land, the fertile soil, being close to water, etc. Crops like wheat, barley, oats, flax, canola, mustard, potatoes, corn, and sugar beets can be easily grown or might even be growing already. This industry can make a lot of money fast with less work to deal with since the land is already flat and the soil is already fertile. While they're at it, farmers can also raise cattle, pigs, poultry, etc. as well to increase the money they make. Both the crops and the livestock can make a lot of money by selling to Canadians and people all over the world. The industry will probably make a lot more money off of Canadians because the farm is in Canada which reduces shipping costs.  The nearby water source is very useful. In the dry environment of the southern part of The Interior Plains farming can be very troublesome. In order for this industry to progress we need, water. Not only can it help out with the crops and livestock, it can also help out with transportation.   


Underneath The Interior Plains lays a lot of valuable resources. These resources include: oil, natural gas, coal, potash, copper, zinc, gold and uranium. Some of these resources can be used as fuel. Fuel is very important, without fuel a lot of our machinery cannot operate. There are so many resources that can be used as fuel underneath The Interior Plains that are just waiting to be found and used. This industry will make a lot of money because there are a lot of things that require fuel including factories and cars. Once Canada has mined too much fuel, we will be able to sell it to other countries as well. Everything else can be sold to create other things like copper for wires, gold for jewellery, etc. Not only do The Interior Plains have these valuable resources, don't forget, The Interior Plains contains Igneous, Metamorphic, and a whole lot of Sedimentary rock. These rocks may seem useless but they're not. This industry can also make a lot of money off selling these rocks to construction industries. Sedimentary rock can be used for creating cement, Igneous rock can be used for constructing buildings and statues, and Metamorphic rock can be used for roofing. Everything can be used for something.


There are many forests in The Interior Plains. These forests can be cut down and turned into lumber. This industry can sell this lumber all around Canada and then start to sell it to other countries. It's not like we haven't already sold lumber before but there are a lot of trees in The Interior Plains that can be sold as well. It's like finding money on the ground and not picking it up. Anyway, when this is all done and the trees are gone, we will have more flat land to create more farms.


In The Interior Plains, the land is very flat. Flat land makes transportation easier. An industry can be made there specifically for transporting goods. There are a lot of resources in The Interior Plains that need to be transported. If this transportation industry were to be nearby, transporting the goods from the plains should be a lot faster. Flat land also makes transportation services like trains, pipelines, trucks, and planes easier to prepare. Train tracks can be made, pipelines can be put together, plane stations can be built, and trucks... well preparing that is easy no matter where you are but that can't be the only method of transportation.

Tourist Attractions

In an area like the Interior plains, there are many events that can can be held. These events include rodeos, stampedes, and agricultural shows for all to enjoy. Many tourists will come to check it out and maybe even explore everything else The Interior Plains has to offer such as the hills, cliffs, low mountains, forests, wide river valleys, and the sand dunes.

Climate Change

Temperatures are increasing in The Interior Plains. This Is caused by carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide contributing to global climate warming through the greenhouse gas effect in the upper atmosphere. This climate change can  prove rather beneficial towards the business opportunities I've listed above such as agriculture. Growing crops and raising animals is a lot easier to do in a warmer enviroment. When it's cold, crops usually don't grow and animals require warm shelter. Also, transportation can be done a lot faster when it's warm. Thick snow can cause resources to take longer to reach they're destinations. Lastly, not many tourists like to travel to cold areas. Notice how tourists usually like to travel to warm places like southern U.S.A.   

Natural Disasters

In The Interior Plains, earthquakes and droughts do happen but they're not very common. Earthquakes are subject to the massive tectonic plate in the middle-western part of Canada. If this were to happen, a lot of the buildings and mines created would have a chance of collapsing. Droughts are possible because of The Interior Plains' dry enviroment. Yet again, most of the farms should be built near a water source so it should be okay.

Overall, The Interior Plains has a lot to offer. There many business opportunities and it could be a possible tourist attraction. The Interior Plains is amazing and beautiful. It's definitely something to checkout.

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