5 outstanding Manitoba nature facts

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We live in a very good place. It has many nice things that come from nature. It is hard to count all of them! We have water bodies like rivers and lakes. We also have wonderful animals that live here. We are very lucky. Here are some of these things:

Land of 100,000 lakes

Manitoba is a place with many lakes. There are more than 100,000 lakes here. In fact, most of them do not have names. Only 10% of the lakes have names!

These lakes cover a big area. This area is more than 900 kilometres wide. Lake Winnipeg is in Manitoba. This lake is one of the five biggest lakes in Canada. It has fresh water.

Manitoba has many beautiful lakes and rivers. These lakes and rivers make a lot of power. They make this power from water. At the same time, these lakes and rivers are homes for many fish. There are also small rivers and wetlands. Many fish live in these places too.

These fish are very important. They are important for sport. They are also important for selling.

Manitoba has the biggest and most outstanding colour-changing lake in the world

Little Limestone Lake is a large lake. It is made of a substance called marl. This lake is located 450 km to the north of Winnipeg. The lake is on the way to Thompson, Manitoba.

Marl is a substance that is created in a special way. It happens when a piece of limestone, known as calcite, comes out of warm water. This calcite then mixes with tiny pieces of clay. When light shines on this mixture, it causes the lake to change its colour. This change can be quite big.

The water of the lake can appear clear. It can also look like different types of blue during the day. This change in appearance depends on the weather. In the summer season, the lake can look a very unique type of blue. It’s like having a small piece of the Caribbean right here in the prairies.

It is home to 93 provincial parks and two national parks

The parks in Manitoba are very big. They cover more than four million hectares of beautiful land and water! This area has many different things. It has green forests, flat parklands, old places, sandy beaches, clean lakes, and clear streams. People like many parks in Manitoba. One of them is Whiteshell Provincial Park. It is in the east of Manitoba. Here, you can also see West Hawk Lake, and Falcon Lake. There is also Riding Mountain National Park. It has hills and lakes. You can see Clear Lake there, and also the old town of Wassagaming.

This year, Pemmican Island on Lake Winnipegosis became a park in Manitoba. It is the 93rd park in Manitoba. The island is in the north part of Lake Winnipegosis. It is about 175 kilometres north of Dauphin.

Vast forest cover

Manitoba has a lot of trees. It has a special kind of forest called a boreal forest. This forest is part of a bigger forest in Canada. This bigger forest is called the Canadian Boreal. The Canadian Boreal is the largest forest that is still here on Earth. It is very big. It is 1.2 billion hectares in size. The boreal forest in Manitoba is also very big. It covers a lot of land. It is 140 million acres or 56 million hectares in size.

Manitoba is also a unique place in Canada. It is the only place that has all four main kinds of boreal forest. These kinds are named Boreal Plains, Boreal Shield, Hudson Plains, and Taiga Shield.

Amazing biodiversity

Manitoba is a place with lots of different kinds of nature. It has grasslands, wetlands, a kind of forest known as boreal, and a very cold area known as sub-arctic. These different places make Manitoba a good home for many kinds of animals. Some of these animals are big, and some are small.

In Manitoba, you can see polar bears and whales. There is also the biggest fish that lives in fresh water. This fish is called the sturgeon. There are also snakes. In fact, the biggest group of red-sided garter snakes can be seen in Manitoba in the summer.

There are also bison in Manitoba. Bison are big animals that look a little like big cows. There are also many kinds of geese. Geese are birds that are known for the loud sound they make.

In total, there are more than 300 different kinds of birds in Manitoba. And that’s not all! There are many more animals in Manitoba that we haven’t talked about!

Isn’t our province amazing?

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