Hi, I thought I would join in since I'm learning about Saskatchewan. I've lived here for about 6 years now, originally from Vancouver. I'm where
the boreal forest meets the farmland, so it's a nice mix of animals. North of me is forest easy to get literally lost in. I've never been near La
Ronge yet, but I've heard it has waterfalls, and it has lots of lakes around there.
The prairie's growing season is very short, depending on what you're growing. Perennial herbs need to be protected in the winter. Blueberries and
raspberries grow very well, too cold for blackberries. If you look on a growing zone map:
you'll see the prairies are all cold zones, but there are lots of wild game, fresh air, and fishing. A friend of mine was out hunting a while back,
and encountered a wild boar. It ended up in his freezer, he had to kill it, it chased him out of the bush
When going into the bush and you don't know your way around, go in with a guide first, or a working gps. I've been told people get turned around
easy, and never come out. Plus you're not at the top of the food chain anymore when dealing with bears, mountain lions, and wolves. Lots of them
here. They would make some nice warm clothing if needed. And any meat is cookable.
In north east BC and Alberta, remember all the oil sands and gas frakking going on, and the rivers run north. Know your water source. Lake Louise area
looks good for water, but at 4000 feet up, cold all year. I think it's Canada's highest point, but not sure.
It's hard to know what type of S is going to be hitting the fan, BC would be so good for growing food, but it could be in a geological nightmare zone
if the big earthquake hits, too close to the south borders is too close to Yellowstone, North is good, but cold, if the water rises you want to be
high up in elevation ......
I don't know anything about east of me.
Check a good relief map to get the topography and elevations, you might not want to be at sea level..
Make sure you have good footwear rated for sub zero temperatures too.