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From the Land to the Water

 Sea lions in the only protected area in the world that extends from the depth of the ocean floor
Sea lions in the only protected area in the world that extends from the depth of the ocean floor to the top of the alpine mountains!
Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area, British Columbia.
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Canada’s motto is A Mari usque ad Mare, From Sea to Sea. Nowadays, we tend to include our third sea, the Arctic, as well. Bordering three oceans and the Great Lakes, Canada enjoys the longest coastline in the world. The vast marine environments off these coasts, varied and productive, have played a major role in shaping Canada’s history and economy. So it’s no wonder that national marine conservation areas symbolizing this powerful force are an important component of Parks Canada’s network of nationally significant places.

Fathom Five National Marine Park, established in 1987, was Parks Canada’s first large-scale marine protected area and launched a system of national marine conservation areas that is still being developed today. More biologically and culturally rich areas, like Lancaster Sound, home to most of the world’s narwals and a third of North America’s belugas, are currently being considered.

 

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