National Geographic : 1961 Dec
S ( NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY breezes. Ferries to Seattle and Port Angeles, Washington, ride the harbor. drawn to American TV, books, magazines, and fashions, and American food is often to our taste. When I cross the border, I feel as though I am stepping into the future. Yet there at my back door, only two hours' drive, condition ing my thought, is the bush, as wild as ever -the bush of boyhood and camping trips. I know of no other country where past and future pull so strongly in opposite directions. These two aspects of our destiny- the U. S. and the frontier-have wrought a transfor mation in the strip that is Canada. Travel ing recently from sea to sea, I had the sensa tion of civilization evolving before my eyes, as in one of those films of plant growth that speed up time. No one article can explore all the byways or report all the restless growth of my vast homeland. I sought those aspects which are typical and revealing; together they bring the giant into focus. I began with British Columbia on the west coast. This is Canada's California, a prov ince that runs to extremes. Here are prim postage-stamp gardens, and Totem pole's faces get bright paint in a workshop at Victoria's Thunderbird Park. - back of the Coast Mountains, where guides offer "a grizzly or your money back"- the largest ranches in Canada. In the gas-rich basin of the upper Peace River the tempera ture drops to 40° below zero, while people on the coast are picking roses. The brown hills around Kamloops in the interior are so dry that rattlesnakes and cactus thrive. But the Each red dot indicates s,ooo Canadians Each orange dot indicates 200 Canadians © N.G .S. Canada's 4,000-mile "main street" along the U. S. border contains 90 percent of its population.