An Aboriginal Presence
Archaeology - At the Edge of the Ice
Early Postglacial: 8,000 years ago - Much of the ice sheet covering northern North America collapsed about 8,400 years ago, and huge volumes of melt water drained out through Hudson Strait between Quebec and Baffin Island. The heavy ice had greatly depressed the earth's crust around Hudson Bay. The ocean poured into this area, forming a large body of water known as the Tyrrell Sea.
The Bering Land Bridge was flooded by 10,000 years ago. Along the East Coast, some continental shelf areas remained exposed, and Prince Edward Island was still attached to the mainland.
The continued spread of human populations in North America brought people to southern Labrador, the Gaspé Peninsula, Northern Ontario and the southern regions of modern Nunavut.
Land Ice Water
Northern North America, Early Postglacial, 8,000 years ago
Early Postglacial: 8,000 years ago