Great Canadian Parks / Québec

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The Parks / Québec / Mingan Archipelago National Park



 

The environment here, from peat bogs to salt marshes, in a very small area (150 square kilometres) supports more than 450 species of plants including 100 considered rare, endangered or usually expected to grow great distances away. The Mingan Thistle, for example, is an arctic alpine plant and, in Eastern Canada, the 200 that exist are all found in the park. Many plants' very survival is a challenge to Nature's ingenuity. The saxifrages manage to survive clinging to the tiny cracks in the cliffs' rock face. The Oyster Leaf with its luminous blue flowers protects its outer leaves from salt and sun with a powdery dust and the Seabeach Senecio is well covered with a hairy down.

 

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