PART 3: New Frontier
Written by: rgmdesigns | Published on: November 11, 2010
After his trek across the United States , Romain takes a turn North, headed for a new frontier. The land of Canada occupies a position chiefly in the North Temperate Zone, though extending to the Arctic regions.
Canada has a long history of trails. From the first footpaths of the original natives to today’s Trans Canada Trail, trails have played a part in Canadian lives since the founding – first for commerce and transportation, now for recreation and adventure. In every region of the country there are trails to take you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Leaving the Grizzly in Yellowstone National Park , Romain meets a Canadian cousin ( or a warning of their presence .)
It is closely related to the brown bear , with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures for moving across snow, ice, and open water, and for hunting the seal which make up most of its diet. Although most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time at sea (hence their scientific name meaning ” maritime bear”.) They can hunt consistently only from sea ice, so spend much of the year on the frozen sea. Romain was glad not to run into this family member , like he did in Yellowstone.
The Arctic North (northern parts of Canada and Alaska) is a cruel environment for men and machine. For planes it is no different. The weather creates all sorts of hazards. The terrain offers its own variety of opportinuties for disaster. Nice to see the North Pointer continuing North with no problems, keeping Romain on course.
The Ottawa Valley Region covers much of the southeastern portion of the province. Most rivers flow east to the Ottawa River, although a few that flow to Lake Ontario have been added for convenience. The region lacks big, well known waterfalls, but contains a large number of small, picturesque ones – many of which are known only by the locals. But when it comes to well known ones , nothing compares to the North territories very own Niagara Falls. The mighty river plunges over a cliff of dolostone and shale.
Niagara Falls is the second largest falls on the globe next to Victoria Falls in southern Africa. One fifth of all the fresh water in the world lies in the four Upper Great Lakes-Michigan, Huron , Superior and Erie. All the outflow empties into the Niagara river and eventually cascades over the falls. Pictured with the North Pointer is the Canadian “Horseshoe” Falls. ( Length of brink: 2,600 ft. , height 167 ft. , volume of water: est. 600,000 U.S. gallons per second.)
Romain leaves this vast Northern Frontier for a real change in the weather – Next, South America.