By Megan Fothergill <3


The Pacific Maritime, famous for its view of the Pacific ocean to the west and the Western Cordillera to the east. Located in the western edge of British Columbia, it is one of the most beautiful places in North America. It is home to Stanley Park, the Vancouver Canucks and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is also found in this ecozone.

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Some of the deepest fjords can be found on the coast of British Columbia. Fjords are long narrow bays cut into cliffs by glaciers that are filled with water. The land is full of mountains along the eastern edge of the ecozone, then gradually flattens out to hills. I mentioned glaciers made the many fjords, and BC is one of the last place you can see glaciers outside of the arctic circle. But, these majestic beings are slowly melting due to global warming.


The rock beneath the Pacific Maritime Ecozone is mainly sedimentary, or piled particles that has compressed to form a crumbly rock. Some minerals that are available to be mined are copper, coal, zinc, silver and lead.


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The Pacific Maritime has the warmest and wettest climate in Canada. This is not the case in all parts of the ecozone though. Some areas have as little as 600mm of percipitation per year, while some can have as much as 3000mm per year. The percipitation is orographic, as it gets run-off from the Western Cordillera. The temperature is generally between 12*C and 18*C in July and 4*C and 6*C in January. The Pacific Maritime has the least amount of fluxuation in temperature in all of Canada. Due to some of the conditions, for example the proximity to both the ocean and a mountian range, this ecozone has experienced large storms that have causes millions of dollars worth of damage.

atratusnihil, posted December 22nd 2008,
(pay attention to the back car parked on the left sideof the street,
it gives you a good idea of how much snow fell.)


The forests of western BC are mostly coniferous trees, with some areas of mixed forest. This area has the feel of a temperate rainforest. The trees here can live to be anywhere from 500 to 750 years old, 55.5m high and 18.5m in circumfrence (stats from the LARGEST [volume] tree in Canada). The TALLEST tree is 92 m tall!


Did you know.....

  • This ecozone supports more than 15 different types of coniferous trees?
  • About 2.5 Million people live in this ecozone.
  • Is home to the tufted puffin, which is edible!
  • The Saguenay Fjord is one of the longest in the world at 100Km long.

For Fun.....
  • Visit Stanley Park
  • Cruise around Vancouver Island
  • Visit the Vancouver aquarium, with over 70,000 types of fish.
  • Cross the Capilano suspension bridge, the longest in Canada (136 m long and 70 m above a river)!

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  • Mechanical Engineer
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1. Which capital is located in the Pacific Maritime ecozone and what is it the capital of?
Victoria, British Columbia
2. What is the hight of the tallest tree in Canada?
92 m
3. Capilano Bridge is famous for......?
Being the longest bridge in canada, 136 m
4. The Pacific Maritime ecozone has over *blank* types of trees.
a) 5
b) 10
c) 15
d) 20

5. This ecozone is bordered by....
a) The Atlantic ocean and the Western Cordillare
b) The Pacific ocean and the Appalachian Mountains
c) The Pacific ocean and the Western Cordillera
d) The Atlantic ocean and the Appalachian Mountains

Sources -
-Clark, Bruce. Making Connections Canada's Geography. Toronto: Pearson Education, 2006

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