Landscape: Ancient, Precambrian rocks that rise more than
100 metres (325 feet) above the surrounding terrain create a rugged,
almost mountainous landscape. Steep, upper slopes are usually treeless,
with black spruce and jack pine prevalent in the sandy, lower slopes.
White spruce is found in the valleys and shorelines of the numerous
small lakes and streams typical of the Shield.
ptarmigan often winter in the Tazin Lake Upland.
Wildlife: Black bear, wolverine, moose and timber wolf inhabit
this region, with the migratory barren-ground caribou and associated
arctic fox often appearing during winter. Birds include red-throated
loon, greater yellowlegs, white-crowned sparrow and golden eagle,
with willow ptarmigan appearing during winter.
terrain is decidedly rugged on the north shore of Lake Athabasca, but large, rolling sand dunes are the focal point
on the south shore.
Fish: Lake trout, arctic grayling, whitefish, as well as
the walleye and northern pike are found in the cold waters of this
region. Fishing Guide
Recreation: Fly-in fishing camps. In the Athabasca Plain ecoregion on the
south shore of huge Lake Athabasca sits Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park (750
kms northwest of Saskatoon). It's an environmentally sensitive area that's home to many rare plants and the world's most northerly
sand dunes, some 30 metres (100 ft) high.
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