Winter Fun: A Heartwarming Gallery of Canadians Enjoying the Great Outdoors
There's plenty of winter fun to be had across Canada—just take a look at these sweet shots of Canadians enjoying awesome outdoor activities!
Dan Wever of Grande Prairie, Alberta, 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!
On frozen pond
Sharon Peters of Three Hills, Alberta, captured this fantastic shot one of Canada’s definitive outdoor winter activities—hockey! The talented shutterbug snapped this shot on a mild and sunny Sunday afternoon at the local pond.
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The bird whisperer
Winter fun cam also consist of quiet moments like this one captured by Isabelle Marozzo of Norland, Ontario. According to Isabelle, it took a few tries for her to get the perfect shot of her grandson feeding this cute chickadee. Your patience paid off, Isabelle!
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A bed of snow
Photographer Cathy Gauthier of Magnetawan, Ontario, sent in this shot of her favourite brand of winter fun: snowshoeing! Those heavy snow-laden branches look like something from a Christmas card… So pretty!
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One February morning
Tammy Green of Harrington Harbour, Quebec, snapped this high-flying shot on the beautiful first day of February. 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!
Check out more of Tammy’s creative captures in this gallery of joyful photography.
If your idea of winter fun 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. “I used a timer to capture this pic of me and my son LJ,” writes Joe Brander of Sarnia, Ontario. “Here we are at the base of a hill near the Bluewater Bridge in nearby Point Edward, Ontario.”
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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.”
Black and blue
A study in contrast, Sheri Emerson Sanders of Labrador City, Newfoundland, snapped this in the Columbia Icefield near Jasper, Alberta. 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.”
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Leaf on the lake
Tim Reich of Brookside, Nova Scotia, started this phenomenal tribute to Canada on Feb. 5, 2017, at McGrath Lake. He snapped this picture the next morning. Amazing work, Tim!
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Into the woods
“I snapped this fun-filled pic in March of 2016 in nearby Bass River, New Brunswick,” says Coleen Ramsay of Bathurst, New Brunswick. “Pictured are David Ellis (driving the ATV) and Dawn Thibodeau seated behind him, who are the parents of Jordyn (in pink) and Ashton. Along for the ride are friends Sandra Lavigne and Stephen Ellis in the red sled. The day was filled with tapping trees, collecting sap, reducing it on a wood stove and finally, enjoying the syrup poured on snow and scooped up on popsicle sticks!” shares Coleen.
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Fancy a dip?
Polar bear swims 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.
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What a hoot
Karen Allin of Mississauga, Ontario, went birdwatching in Rattray Marsh and got to see this barred owl. Check out more of Karen’s fantastic wildlife photography from Rattray Marsh.
Frank Koenig of Morinville, Alberta, captured this three-on-three pond hockey tournament at Heritage Lake during Family Day weekend. For more of Frank’s snaps, check out this gallery of Canadian car photography.
Rhonda Beirnes of Listowel, Ontario, says, “No big hill needed! Just a small ramp and an uncle willing to pull Avery around the yard gave them hours of winter fun!”
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Skating at City Hall
Of the many locations to go ice skating in Toronto, Nathan Phillips Square might be the best. Photographer Joan LeVasseur of Dorval, Quebec, shows why!
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Getting a kick out of kick-sledding
Casey Hooymans of Angus, Ontario, snapped this calm moment before all the fun began!
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Sticking the landing
Marge Wolfe of Cadogan, Alberta, 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!”
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Linda Sweeney of Miramichi, New Brunswick, took this sensational shot on the Miramichi River. Winter, ice and skating with a hockey stick in hand—what’s more Canadian than that?
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Contrary to popular belief, snow angels are not just for kids. Just ask Deb Sandau of Red Deer, Alberta! “This is the first one I’ve done in years. Now how do I get up?”
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Rosa Cross of Tancook Island, Nova Scotia, says, “Fred the Snowman was built by our island group so he could be viewed by the whole world via webcam!”
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Brothers in action
Few childhood memories are as fun as playing on a freshly-made snow bank. Thanks for sharing, Gertrude!
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The great wall
Bob Wall of British Columbia hiked through the Maligne Canyon at Jasper National Park in Alberta. This particular beautiful frozen waterfall stretches 150 feet down the inside of the canyon wall!
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Tricia Campbell of Laurier, Manitoba, says, “My three sons were sledding down the river bank right by our house. I made hot cocoa for them so they took a quick break. There was a big dump of snow, and very mild outside.” Great photo, Tricia!
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According to photographer Grace Matthies of Coaldale, Alberta, winter fun involves taking walks, camera in-hand, and capturing those spectacular moments when nature wraps the world in white. We couldn’t agree more!
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This sunburst, photographed by David Lee of Chilliwack, B.C., is so beautiful you forget that there’s also 80 centimetres of snow on that street!
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“I snapped this photo of my oldest granddaughter Oksana (left) and her friend Lara at Parc Omega just north of Montebello, Quebec,” shares Bruce Raby of Perth, Ontario. “After driving around the park taking in the various animal exhibits, we stopped at one of only two locations in the park where you are allowed to exit your car. There was a play area for kids, which on this day the girls had to themselves. We were waiting for the wolf demonstration to begin, so they decided to try out the seesaw.”
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