of 11,475 sq. km is protected in Canada's
37th National Park, representing the Hudson's
Bay Lowlands Natural region. No roads or visitor
facilities disturb this true wilderness park,
created to preserve the fragility of the tundra
in this region dates back almost 4,000 years,
when the Tyrell Sea was retreating and the land
was released from the weight of the glaciers.
It was less than 400 years ago that European exploration
began, as traders searched for the Northwest Passage
to the Orient.
Wapusk National Park protects
the largest polar
bear denning area in North America.
into the particular metabolism and play behaviour
of the bears is ongoing. Beluga whales
are another of Hudson Bay's indigenous species,
and as visible here as in any aquarium.
It is possible to see almost
two hundred species of birds
in summer and fall. The warm season may be short,
but it brings forth a staggering array of wildflowers.