The 10 million sq km of Canada is a wast and everlasting landscape, over 99% of the population lives below the 54th parallel. One of the hallmarks of Canadian topography is the mighty boreal forest which stretches the length o the country and comprises of millions of sq kilometers of forests that have never had foot set by man. Much of it hasn’t even been surveyed and all of this awaits the bold post-apocalyptic Canadian prepper should they be cunning enough to traverse it.
How to be a prepper in Canada? This is not too different from prepping in the USA one of the major differences in the climate as it is much more colder. Another factor for Canadian preppers to consider is the short growing time due to Canada’s geographical positioning in the North. Canada can be ideal for preppers due to its vast amount of forests and local natural resources but be wary of the bitter cold in winter.
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There is a reason why Canada is so sparsely populated and why California is so jam-packed, namely due to the climate. Most of the climate in Canada gets very cold and uninhabitable that survivability is limited to a select area. The ecological carrying capacity of the land in spite of having some of the largest reserves of wild game on the planet simply cannot sustain large numbers of people using non-replenishable hunter-gathering methods.
Methods that many people will try to revert back to after grid down scenario happens. Accessing most of this pristine wilderness without modern technology whether, by air, boat or land is almost impossible.
Prepping in Canada where to go?
The most human-friendly of the many biomes that characterize Canada’s landscape is the Pacific North West also known as the West Coast. This lies in the province known as British Columbia, the environment of British Columbia is a very dense old growth forest for the most part and lots of this is temperate rainforest. Towards the interior of British Columbia, there are more alpine mountainous regions and the lower interior of BC is also one of the warmest climates in Canada.
Here you can find the only desert in Canada and it is referred to as the Okanagan desert however it is not technically a desert, it is actually a shrub-steppe biome. Within this biome with proper irrigation while the grid is up scores of vineyards and fruit trees abound. A significant portion of Canada’s fresh produce is produced within this region.
Native American tribes like the Nootka the Chinook have lived in these lands for thousands of years, they will have an advantage in a social collapse scenario as many know how to live off the land. However, the often forced integration and domestication of many of the native peoples of Canada has caused many of their traditional skills to diminish. It is quite possible that within a grid down post collapse situation this area will certainly be a magnet at least for people in western Canada looking to flee the killer cold of the Canadian winter.
The Canadian population, as it stands, is about 35 million, if people start running towards British Columbia this region could sustain a much larger population as the exporting of the goods would stop and the locals will have a lot of surplus food.
This is one of the richest regions in Canada in terms of food resources, it is one of the most productive places on earth in terms of fish harvesting it has some of the most abundant wild game on earth, they have one of the longest growing seasons of any Canadian province particularly in lower BC where they grow peaches, cherries, apricots and numerous other vegetables and fruits with the exception of citrus.
Self-sustaining horticulture with a diverse selection of crops is most likely to occur within this region thus it is more likely to support the highest human population densities after an SHTF situation. However, because of the general dryness of the Okanagan desert, the ability to power large scale irrigation systems is going to be essential.
Because so many people will flock to this region security may be a big risk factor. In terms of firearms, the actual amount of firearms is moderate as there are about 250k registered gun owners which are around 6% of the local population. In addition, as it is a coastal environment with many islands and much avid mariners piracy will be another security risk.
High population densities within the area of Vancouver and on its most eastern parts of the island could make for some problematic competition for resources within this region. Generally speaking, the population density drops significantly as you move towards the southern BC interior in the Okanagan Valley but this area will be a magnet in a post-collapse environment and the population density is probably going to drastically increase.
Another security risk will be Vancouver’s drug culture and the sheer amount of people that are trying to get their fix pst collapse. the infamous East Hastings street in Vancouver is world renowned for its high number of drug addicts. When the SHTF these people are going to need a fix and they have to find it somewhere, it is safe to say that they are unlikely to be prepared to survive.
In spite of the drug problems the standard of living on the west coast is amongst the highest in the country, in fact, Vancouver is one of the most ridiculously high priced places to live. This also means that most people are without owning a house and spend a majority of their disposable income on things that make them a more efficient urban commuter and consumer, thus there will be a lot of people who will not be prepared.
Preppers in Canada
In spite of that many people on Vancouver Island have contingency plans as they do live near to the Juan de Fuca fault line which is a section of the proverbial Ring of Fire that surrounds the Pacific Ocean A group of fault lines that are notorious for their intense seismic activity and could be activated in any moment. Thus many people on the island are prepared for this potentiality, and altho the exact number of preppers in Canada is unknown it is safe to say that out of the 250k gun owners many of them also have wilderness survival skills. These skills will be in high demand and highly transferable post-collapse.
BC is the home of some of the wildest predators on the planet, the highest density of North American Cougars, Grizzly bears, Wolfes and Black Bears.
Some environmental hazards as indicated above are earthquakes and tsunamis.
Most of the population within Vancouver are trained to respond to the prospect of tsunamis. As a significant portion of Vancouver Island rests well above sea level much of the island would be spared of the effects of a massive tsunami like the one that devastated the island of Japan in 2011.
Another potential hazard in this region is the forest fires without somebody managing these fires many of the forests that should have already burned but didn’t will start to burn in a grid down situation.
One other hazard, particularly for Vancouver, is going to be the high amount of rain, altho this is a good thing as it acts as a source of fresh water but without proper shelter, it can complicate life significantly for many months of the year.
Mobility in many parts of British Columbia in a grid down situation is going to be very challenging as the major roads and corridors that link these different regions together are very limited and could easily succumb to some sort of gridlock. From a military strategic standpoint that if we were ever in some sorts of conflict in the region these roadways that link the deferent regions together would probably be prime targets. Collapsing one of these highways could severely weaken the population’s ability to respond to any form of attack.
In addition, about 99% of people access Vancouver island through ferries with the exception of a few that have their own boats, these ferry terminals like the major highways are sure to be totally gridlocked in the case of shit hits the fan situation.
Unlike the great plains of Saskatchewan where there are endless grid roads and detour possibilities there are very few major corridors that are available to the natives to get from point A to point B especially on Vancouver Island.
Some of the best qualities of Vancouver is its climate as it is the warmest and the most hospitable in Canada. Vancouver island seldom falls below 0 degrees C and the Okanagan region will seldom fall below -10 C. The west coast compared to the rest of Canada probably has one of the lowest population of pests such as mosquitos, black flies and other stinging insects altho in the Okanagan desert there are Black Widows and venomous rattlesnakes.
Another limiting factor on the west coast is solar power as there is a lack of direct sunlight. The only thing that is going to work out here for a significant portion of time is the thin film amorphous solar panels. Some might be better of looking at wind and tidal power as it is a more viable way to produce energy but it requires large energy to produce it.
In terms of the population density of the region, there are 4.6 people who live in British Columbia this is approximately 1/8 th of the entire Canadian population. At least half of this population is condensed around the Vancouver metro area so much as this will be a hub for people escaping the cold weather a myriad of security threats are going to present themselves in this increasingly densely populated region that everybody is going to be flocking to in an emergency situation.
The demographics of Canada are predominantly Caucasian however it the Vancouver area 35% of the inhabitants have some Asian ancestry. One of the highest population of Asien ancestry on the North American continent.
This multicultural diversity, while it has its numerous social benefits, may contribute to polarisation post-collapse. Post-collapse segregation or people aligning themselves along linguistic lines should be expected. There are also about 250k people who can directly trace their lineage back to the First Nations people of Canada also known as native Americans.
Within these densely populated areas, the presence of gangs like the Red Scorpions, the United Nations, Independent Soldiers, Triads and the Hells Angels will all be groups that will be vying for power amongst 170 other gangs most of which are lower level street gangs.
Additionally, within the Vancouver region there are several prisons located and in an SHTF situation, they won’t be able to account for all the prisoners. There are very few police officers to police this region which numbers in the lower thousands thus things are bound to get out of control very quickly. The Vancouver riots that took place when the Canadian hockey team lost the Stanley Cup, just imagine how these people are going to act when they are rioting for food.
Safe to say that is going to be another major security threat. There are also numerous military bases mostly naval and airforce bases within the west coast of Canada.
The unique environment of British Columbia as abundant and plentiful as it may be with wilderness foods like salmon, crab etc will not lend themselves to refugees without some toil and strife. The people that are most likely to survive there are the people that have already built self-sustaining life there. If you are serious about prepping in Canada, British Columbia should be prime prospects for your consideration.