Our Canada Theme Pic Challenge: Outdoor Winter Activities
We asked you to share your best shots of “winter outdoor activities,” and as always, you rose to the challenge. These 25 shots in particular made us lament winter’s end. Enjoy the best that Canadian winters have to offer!
Rock ’em, sock ’em
Sharon Peters of Three Hills, Alta. perfectly captures one of Canada’s essential winter activities. The talented shutterbug snapped this shot on a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon at the local pond.
The bird whisperer
Isabelle Marozzo of Norland, Ont. really nailed the vibe of February’s “outdoor winter activities” theme. According to Isabelle, it took a few tries for her to capture her grandson feeding this cute chickadee. Your patience was worth it, Isabelle!
A bed of snow
Photographer Cathy Gauthier of Magnetawan, Ont. captured her favourite Canadian winter activity: snowshoeing! You can really feel the solitude of the forest and the texture of the snow in this photo.
One February morning
Tammy Green of Harrington Harbour, Que. snapped this high-flying shot on the beautiful first day of February 2017. She says, “A fun-filled winter day of sliding and skiing all in one photo here in Harrington Harbour.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
If your list of favourite winter activites doesn’t include tobogganing, then this happy shot of father and son arriving at the bottom of a large hill will certainly change your mind. Thanks for sharing, Joe!
Photographer Kristi Kennedy of Prince George, B.C. says, “My two Saint Bernards playing ball in the backyard. The funny thing is they were playing completely by themselves. We didn’t throw them the ball—one of them found it and started playing with it.”
Dan Wever of Grande Prairies, Alta. caught this snowboarder using a giant slingshot to shoot him up partway on this silver sundial, and was able to take a picture of him on his downward trip. Perfect timing, Dan!
Black and blue
A study in contrast, Sheri Emerson Sanders of Labrador City, N.L. snapped this in the Columbia Icefield near Jasper, Alta. She says, “My sweetheart took my daughter and me up to Jasper to see the stunning ice fields. The blue of the ice was incredible.”
Leaf on the lake
Tim Reich of Brookside, N.S. started this phenomenal tribute to Canada on Feb. 5, 2017 at McGrath Lake. He snapped this picture the next morning. Amazing work, Tim!
Into the woods
Coleen Ramsay of Bathurst, N.B. says, “Two young families enjoying a March day in the woods, checking for delicious maple sap. They experienced tapping trees, collecting sap, reducing the sap on a wood stove at a camp and enjoyed the syrup poured on snow and scooped up on popsicle sticks.”
Not for the faint of heart
Polar Bear Swim’s have become increasingly popular across Canada in recent years. To add to the fun, many of them are held on New Year’s Day! Dianne Reid of New Westminster, B.C. snapped this shot on the Fraser River in Queensborough, B.C.
A pleasant surprise
Karen Allin of Mississauga, Ont. went birdwatching in Rattray Marsh and got to see this barred owl. Great shot, Karen!
Frank Koenig of Morinville, Alta. captured this three-on-three pond hockey tournament at Heritage Lake during Family Day weekend. Thanks for sharing, Frank!
Rhonda Beirnes of Listowel, Ont. says, “No big hill needed! Just a small ramp and an uncle willing to pull Avery around the yard gave them hours of fun!”
The Big Smoke
Of the many locations to go ice skating in Toronto, Nathan Phillips Square might be the best. Photographer Joan LeVasseur of Dorval, Que. shows why!
Casey Hooymans of Angus, Ont. snapped this calm moment before all the fun began. If you haven’t gone kick-sledding before, you must!
Sticking the landing
Marge Wolfe of Cadogan, Alta. says, “Lacing up the boots, strapping on the board and hitching a ride to the top of the world to carve your way back down again—that’s freedom!”
Linda Sweeney of Miramichi, N.B. took this shot on the Miramichi River. Winter, ice and skating with a hockey stick in hand—what’s more Canadian than that?
Photo: Deb Sandau
Contrary to popular belief, snow angels are not just for kids. Deb Sandau of Red Deer, Alta. says, “This is the first one I’ve done in years. Now how do I get up?”
Rosa Cross of Tancook Island, N.S. says, “Fred the Snowman was built by our island group so he could be viewed by the whole world via webcam!”
The great wall
Bob Wall of British Columbia hiked through the Malinge Canyon at Jasper National Park in Alberta. This particular beautiful frozen waterfall stretches 150 ft. down the inside of the canyon wall!
Tricia Campbell of Laurier, Man. says, “My three sons were sledding down the river bank right by our house. I made hot coco for them so they took a quick break. There was a big dump of snow, and very mild outside.” Great photo, Tricia!
According to photographer Grace Matthies of Coaldale, Alta., one of the best outdoor winter activities is to take walks, camera in-hand, and capture spectacular moments when nature wraps the world in white. We couldn’t agree more!
This sunburst, photographed by David Lee of Chilliwack, B.C., is so beautiful you forget that there’s also 80 cm of snow on that street!