Let's Travel! Tell us about your state/province
@Kuri and Kona inspired me to start this fun discussion. After all, we all need to "get out" once in a while. 😄 ...And I have had the travel bug really strongly lately. I will be pulling out maps to look at your home regions!
We have done this exercise once before on the forum, but I think its time to travel once again. Post some facts & descriptions and of course, pictures! If your country is very small, take us on a tour of it.
My province is Manitoba.
Most of our population is in the southern region. Our growing zones are 0a to 4a. I have seen our temperatures go below -50°C and up to 43°C. We have wide open skies and fantastic thunderstorms. We've had tornadoes up to an EF4. Lots of snow & blizzards are quite normal.
In our province we have a variety of landscapes, from flat or rolling prairie (cattle, grain & potato/veg farming, oil), some rolling sandhills, ravines & valleys also in the south, to massive steep & beautiful rolling hills (also in the south) to rocks much further east & north, to a multitude of falls & deep lakes in the mid to northern regions (the province is known for its great fishing), huge marshland areas (east) and mixed evergreen forest to bare arctic tundra in the north (Churchill). Going that far (its really far north in the province), we have beluga whales, polar bears and in winter, ice roads over permafrost, lakes, & rivers! In summer, many of those places are only accessible by bush plane. Also, the further north you go, the more issues you will have with mosquitoes & blackflies (which I hear are unbearable). We also have the largest garter snake den in the world.
Here is a bunch of interesting stats...however, I'm not so sure about the "mountain range" thing. Lol It's more like a much higher in elevation area, but it isn't rocky! However, the higher elevations are labelled as "mountains" and they do get different weather at times due to their elevation. These are mainly set aside as provincial parklands, and one is a national park. But Toronto (Ontario) folks are a long ways away and I suspect many have never left that big city to confirm these "facts".
This next site has extensive information, however, it appears to be like Wikipedia in some ways and it appears as though increasing political correctness has weaseled its way in, but its information sounds okay for the most part. I found that they are incorrect in at least two places (possibly more, but that's all I caught). The eastern part of the province is the most populated from what I understand due to Winnipeg's size, and Mennonites actually have a large, not small, presence in the province. Most are in the SE, because that's where the federal govt. initially put them on reserved land, but you can find us pretty much scattered anywhere. Manitoba actually has the largest population of Mennonites in Canada.
Manitoba is known for its many festivals (pre-2020). At Gimli, there is the Icelandic festival that even the head of the government of Iceland visits each year. It is heavily promoted in Iceland as a great place to learn about their own country & culture.
Here are some very beautifully done pictures. Keep in mind that the rocky mountain pictures are not from here. Maybe from BC, but certainly not here. The last 2 pictures on the first page are from the area where I grew up.
The combine picture above would be in the southeast. It's is flat. You can see for miles.
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