Great Canadian Parks / Ontario

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The Parks / Ontario / Point Pelee National Park



 

The land base of the peninsula is only about 1,000 years old. It has a sand and gravel base, with some topsoil to support woodlands and some grassland. Due to the lake effect — exposure to the lake, currents and wind — the land is constantly changing, especially at its delicate extremities. The Canadian Carolinian Zone stays much warmer throughout the winter than other inland zones at the same latitude. Marshes on the peninsula make up one of the largest remaining wetland areas in southern Canada, giving it international significance. The 20 kilometres of beach framing marsh, forest and grasslands are the harshest and most changeable of all the habitats. At times flat, wide and clear, the beach becomes steep and narrow after a storm that sends waves crashing over it, changing its shape, width and slope, and leaving it awash with flotsam.

 

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