Nature Canada
Photo by Robert Berdan

Iconically Canadian

Standing up to six and a half feet tall, weighing upwards of one thousand pounds, an adult moose is a sight to behold. These odd, yet majestic, looking animals are not an uncommon sight to Canadians as a massive population of North American moose reside within Canada’s borders. But how did these creatures become one of Canada’s national symbols?

Being featured on the coat of arms for both Ontario and Newfoundland, it is obvious that the moose is a recognizable Canadian symbol. Perhaps this stems from the fact that Canada has so many of them! The Canadian moose population ranges between 500,000 to over 1,000,000 and they can be found in every single Canadian province and territory. Moose, therefore, are a unifying and familiar sight for every Canadian and so it is no wonder when one considers Canadian wildlife the mind often wanders to the largest of the deer family, the moose!

Moose are highly adaptable and versatile creatures. Masters of water and land, the moose is capable of diving up to eighteen feet under the water and is able to run thirty-five miles per hour. Their fur acts as an insulating mechanism that allows them to survive incredibly cold temperatures, their nose even functions in such a way that the cold air they inhale is warm by the time it reaches their lungs! With their long legs, they can also trek through snow more than three feet deep. The endurance of the moose is a testament to any being living in the true north, including Canadians!

The moose is a majestic and beautiful creature whose strength, adaptability and resilience are a testament to life in Canada, both wildlife and human life. They are a sight that can be recognized quickly by any Canadian from any province! They are a noble animal who, above all, demonstrates the Canadian spirit and the majesty of the Canadian wild.

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