Every place in the world has its own dangers that may derive from particular weather phenomena, carnivore and venomous fauna, or just increased chances of hazardous events like forest fires or tornadoes. Locals are well informed and equipped against those dangers, but tourists and immigrants often walk right into the mouth of the wolf without ever realizing it. Here's a list aimed to prepare you for some of the worst ways you may find your death in Canada, and hopefully alarm you enough to actively avoid these situations.
10. Tseax Cone
Volcanoes normally attract tourists from around the globe. Imposing as they stand and enchanting when they erupt, volcanoes like the one found above the river Tseax, may prove very dangerous as they emit poisonous gasses that can asphyxiate any visitors almost instantly. Currently the Tseax Cone slumbers in the wilds of the British Columbia, but as scientists suggest, the Tseax Cone could reawaken at any time. Last time it did, 2000 people perished due to poisonous smoke. The surrounding communities are quite unprepared for it to erupt again. Fortunately, it’s in the middle of nowhere.
Hurricane Luis [Public Domain]
This is the symbol of nature's wrath and fury. Hurricanes have no restraint and leave no room for hope when you are closer than you should be. Unfortunately, Canada is one of the countries that hurricanes visit now and then, the most forceful of them have appear in the Maritimes region of the country during the hurricane season (June to November), taking the lives of thousands of people over the years, destroying millions of dollars’ worth of property and leaving tens of thousands without homes.
8. Great Lake Storms
Bodies washed ashore [Public Domain]
The Great Lakes are a breathtaking place to visit, but in 1913 they became breathtaking in the literal sense. A huge storm hit the area raising waves over 11 meters high over a period of 4 full days, killing 250 unfortunate people. So, if the newscast talks about bad weather during your stay in Canada, you'd better keep off of the Great Lakes, especially the largest ones (Superior and Huron). Just watch from the beach. Or, better yet, a bluff.
7. Forest Fires
Ricardson Fire [Public Domain]
Canada's natural environment is rich with enormous forests that constitute home for numerous plants and animals. Unfortunately, there have been many huge and destructive forest fires that have caused hundreds of people to suffocate and even some to drown in rivers or lakes where they tried to protect themselves. Most of the catastrophic fires occur during hot and dry summers, so take care when camping. Some of the worst fires in Canadian history have taken place in
- Alberta (1950, 2011 in two separate places)
- BC (1950, 2003 in three separate places, 2009, 2012)
- New Brunswick (1825)
- The Northwest Territories (July 2014)
- Ontario (1911, 1916, 1922)
- Quebec (2010)
6. Assault and Murder
Ok I know that bad things can happen anywhere no matter what, but there are some places in Canada where these incidents happen much more often than in the rest of the country. If you want your chances to start looking better, avoid Saskatchewan which is the country's most dangerous province, with Saskatoon and Regina being the worst major cities for assaults. As for murder, the population of the city of Winnipeg has been the most active, winning the title of the Murder Capital of Canada 16 times since 1981.
Elk are admittedly one of the most beautiful species that live in Canada. You can admire those half-ton, horned animals during your treks to the Canadian mountains or your visits to Canada’s beautiful National and Provincial Parks. Be aware, though, as males are known to charge towards humans during the late-summer while females get especially aggressive during the spring. I think I need not to describe what happens when the horns of a 500kg creature hit you, so let’s just say it can easily lead to your death.
4. The Massassauga Rattler
Massassauga Rattler [Public Domain]
Canada is home to all kinds of snakes, but the good news is that Massassauga rattler is the only one that is venomous. Although the snake prefers to feed on small mammals and generally avoids humans, at least two deaths are reported to have been caused by this rattling snake. If you want to absolutely avoid it, stay away from its home in northern Ontario.
3. Black Widow Spider
There are very few creatures that can be more creepy and nauseating than a good venomous spider that can sneak into your house and live with you for a while. The black widow spider likes to crawl through and live in undisturbed places like old shoes, old furniture, basements, behind paintings etc., so be extra careful when moving something that has been there for a while, if you southern Ontario. Black widow bites are capable of causing muscle pain and cramps, and even death in the very young or old.
Moose [Public Domain]
The moose is something like a national mascot for Canada. It lives in forests and can prove a deadly 600kg obstacle when driving, especially at dawn or dusk. Many hundreds of moose-collisions are reported in Canada annually so you should be very careful when driving near their habitat, especially in Newfoundland where there are about 115,000 of them. Apart from that though, Moose are also very dangerous when off road as they are known to charge humans if they feel threatened, and they even kick people using all their powerful feet. And, rest assured, a Moose is a lot bigger than you.
1. Bears (Black, Polar and Grizzlies)
Canada is home to three different bear breeds that are known to attack humans.
Black Bear [Public Domain]
Starting with the smallest, the black bear can weigh up to 270kg and will eat just about anything (humans included). It is responsible for 10 deaths over the past 10 years in Canada.
Polar bear attacks are by far rarest, but if you're going to the northern part of the country, you should be aware of these white monsters that are known to unleash fierce attacks on humans when threatened.
Grizzly Bear [Public Domain]
The grizzly bear is simply the deadliest and most terrifying animal that the Canadian wilderness has to offer. This 360kg beast is very aggressive when surprised, or when it protects its cubs, so try to be careful when wandering around in the wild, as 6 people have died of grizzly bear attacks in the last 10 years.
So have fun and don't die.