By: Maaz, Harjap, Irfan, Muhammad, and Mohammed

What is the Western Cordillera?

The Western Cordillera, a landform region runs along the west coast of Canada, running down the Yukon Region including a small part of the Northwest Territories all the way down to British Columbia and a little strip of (southwestern) Alberta.
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The Geological Age

The Formation began during the Mesozoic Era. The Formation completed during the Cenozoic Era as recent as 65 million years ago.

Physical Features

The Western Cordillera has many lakes, forests, oceans (obviously the Pacific Ocean). Some very big jagged mountain ranges. Many of the mountain ranges are popular, such as the Rocky Mountains. There are also glaciers in mountains of the Rockies.

Different Types of Rocks

  • —Sedimentary rock with metamorphic intrusions
  • Igneous rock round in plateaus

The Formation

The Western Cordillera was formed by the North American and Pacific Plates colliding, which caused folding, faulting, and volcanic activity.

Land Use and Activities

  • —farming
  • mining
  • tourism
  • recreation
  • Valuable metallic minerals such as copper, zinc, and gold are found in the region.


There are so many beautiful tourist attracttions in the Western Cordillera. Some places to visit are:

The Beautiful Vancouver Tofino Island

Located west of the city of Vancouver, and reached either by a short flight or a 1.5-hour ferry ride, is Vancouver Island, the largest island on the Pacific coast of North America. It is home to British Columbia's capital city, Victoria, as well as many other interesting towns, mountains, inland lakes, and a beautiful coastline. Coastal beaches provide year round surfing, particularly near the town of Tofino and in Pacific Rim National Park. Resorts and lodges can be found along both the east and west coast of the island.
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The Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens, located in the dramatic setting of an old quarry, offers a fabulous display of plants, trees, and flowers. Located just outside Victoria, the mild climate is perfect for changing seasonal displays. Spring through fall is outstanding, with spring blooms, a fabulous display of summer color, and the changing leaves of autumn.
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Banff Springs Hotel

The Banff Springs Hotel is a luxury hotel that was built during the 19th century located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The hotel was opened to the public on June 1, 1888. The hotel is located within a spectacular setting in the Rocky Mountains, just above the Bow falls, close to thermal springs. The main view from the hotel is across the valley and toward Mount Rundle.
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The Western Cordillera