Two geographers try to map Canada’s true North | Canadian Geographic
et’s say you live in Flin Flon, Man. Or maybe Fort Vermilion, Alta. Or maybe even Whitehorse, Yukon. Would it surprise you to learn that you don’t actually live in the North? Well, not according to Chuck McNiven and Henry Puderer, anyway.
Instead, you live in an area called “North transition,” one of four regions the Statistics Canada geographers created (the others being “North,” “South transition” and “South”) in an attempt to determine exactly where Canada’s North is.
“To solve this cartographic brain teaser,” Mary Vincent wrote in the September/October 2000 Canadian Geographic story that explained McNiven and Puderer’s work, the two men “defined ‘northness’ using 16 characteristics, such as how often you have to flick on the furnace; the limits of permafrost, boreal forest, railways and all-season roads; number of agricultural growing days; climate; and accessibility to urban centres.”