Category: Canadian geography

Canadian geography: Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

Self-tutoring about Canadian geography: the tutor continues from yesterday’s post about the Annapolis Valley. In yesterday’s post, I mention farms near mountain top in the Annapolis Valley. North Mountain and South Mountain, which encase the Valley, have elevation around 200m.

Canadian Geography: Sable Island, Part 0

Self-tutoring about Canadian geography: the tutor begins about a famous, yet remote, part of his home province. Sable Island, from the French sable, meaning sand, is a connected arc of sand dunes that form an island about 175 km off

How rare is a four-leaf clover?

Self-tutoring about plant lore: the tutor researches four-leaf clovers. The rarity of the four-leaf clover is around 1:10000, research suggests. I’ve never found a four-leaf clover. However, one summer when I was a kid, one of my friends found one,

Canadian Geography: two Lawrencetowns in Nova Scotia?

Tutoring social studies, the Maritimes enter the conversation. The tutor mentions a discovery he made a couple of days ago about Nova Scotia. Recently, looking at a map of Nova Scotia, I noticed a place called Lawrencetown, perhaps about 5

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Lifestyle: start of summer, 2017

Tutoring, you observe how people’s lifestyle and attitudes change along with the weather. The tutor reflects on the coming of summer, 2017. To a Canadian, seasons may not begin according to the designated times on the calendar. In my January

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Geography: what does Annapolis mean?

Tutoring Canadian geography, you might mention the Annapolis Valley. The tutor investigates the meaning of the name Annapolis. As a kid I spent three years in the Annapolis Valley. Typical of the Maritimes, it had beautiful summer and fall but

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Canadian language: what does Kabloona mean?

The tutor shares a term he discovered in the dictionary. Kabloona is an Inuit term referring to a non-Inuit; the term particularly suggests a white person. It has been used to describe white people present to do specific functions: police,

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Geography: Ocean currents: why Canada’s east and west coasts have such different weather

The phenomenon of the mild winter of Victoria, BC, compared to the much colder one of Halifax, NS, has a reason…. Typically, spring blooms begin in Victoria, BC, in February. I’m a Maritimer, so I can tell you that a

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Geography: Manitoulin Island and Lake Manitou

The tutor brings up a geographical curiosity. My interest has grown in lakes, rivers, ponds, etc – possibly because of the variety of plants that grow around their margins, or because of the fish that hope to thrive within them.

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Soils of Canada: grassland soils (chernozemic soils)

The tutor continues coverage of soils found in Canada. In a few earlier posts (you can find them in my Canadian geography section) I covered forest soil types in Canada. Grassland soils are not so familiar to me. I’ve spent

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