From the boreal forest to the tundra; from the Prairie grasslands to Ontario’s Carolinian woodlands, Canada is stunningly rich with flora and fauna. Bio-diversity is our most valuable heritage. With 71,000 species which have been scientifically described and another estimated 69,000 * species yet to be named and classified, it becomes crystalline that the protection of our ecological heritage is absolutely paramount.
It may be romantic to think that the earliest Europeans came for furs to clothe the fashionistas of the day. They didn’t. They came for fish. Although Basque galleons hunted whales, it was cod that began the story of modern Canada.