It’s spring 2018, and a group of wildlife experts are gazing down from their helicopter upon the beauty of the scenery in a remote part of British Columbia. The team have been tasked with tallying the number of caribou in the area. But as the experts look out over the stunning landscape, they spot another feature that takes their breath away. What’s more, it’s a feature that until then – incredibly – no one had ever even begun to explore.
Canada is a vast land that boasts diverse geographical features and a wide array of wildlife to boot. By area, it is the second biggest country in the world, and yet only about 35 million people inhabit it. Indeed, it’s actually one of the most underpopulated countries on Earth – at least in terms of human occupants.
Now the sheer size of Canada – as well as the relatively low impact of human settlement there – helps ensure that the country retains a variety of ecosystems. To the west, for instance, lie the Canadian Prairies, while to the north an Arctic desert is to be found. Then head still further west, to British Columbia, and you’ll discover an expanse of dense forest.