You'd be surprised. There's a national park called Auyuituk (I think I've got the
spelling right -- it's pronounced eye-oo-WE-took) on Baffin Island, which covers
a very long fjiord and has magnificent glaciers and spectacular mountains. It's
large enough to have a permanent ice cap, like Greenland and Ellesmere Island,
too. The only inhabited place used to be a little village which has now, because
of the park, at least got some permanence to it, called Pangnirtung. It has an
airport, and tourists actually fly in and hire local guides and go camping,
hiking, the whole bit.

And speaking more literally of tropical wonderlands, the remains of an entire
petrified tropical forest have been found on Ellesmere Island, and this will be a
heritage site soon. Can you imagine? Ellesmere Island is the northernmost land
mass in the western hemisphere -- at its very tip is Canadian Forces Station
Alert, the northernmost settlement in the western hemisphere, and yet there was
once a tropical forest there.

Gary Smith wrote:

> I can just see the millions of people that will flock to this tropical
> wonderland!!!
>
> My favorite will always be Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park. In
> it, I feel our two nations approach each other as greater friends than in
> many other ways. The awesome views of Glacier become even greater views
> in Waterton.
>
> K'aya K'ama,
> Gerald/gary  Smith    gszion1 @juno.com    http://www
> .geocities.com/rameumptom/index.html
> "No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free."  -
> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
>
> Marc:
> 1.    Northern Bathurst Island: in the Arctic Archipelago, near the
> north magnetic pole
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Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and
falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
--Michelangelo Buonarroti

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