The more remote areas of Canada always seem to be host to the most destructive energy and construction projects as if their distance from civilization justifies their acceptability. Hundreds of miles of 300' wide clear-cut areas exist to make way for fast growing power lines. Hydroelectric dams reduce the flow of immense rivers to a trickle and sprawling mines extract minerals and resources while changing the appearance of the landscape. Most of the vehicles passing me are numbered energy company vehicles flying 15ft orange flags with names like Hydro-Quebec, Valard or Champion. Temporary work camps dot the roadways where a collection of bleak trailers and outbuildings serve as the main rural employment for much of this area.
Despite the environmental impact of these practices, the land is still mostly unspoiled and virgin, with most places off the highway having never seen a human footprint. Naturally occurring forest fires clear thousands of acres of woodland as all part of the natural cycle. It is an amazing place on earth well deserving of the title "The Big Land".