This article is over 5 years old and may contain outdated information.

People & Culture

Your photos: Canada weathers the snows of winter

As southwest B.C. comes to grips with a phenomenon called snow, we share some wintry images taken across the country this winter by members of our Photo Club

  • Feb 15, 2019
  • 440 words
  • 2 minutes
Church with sunset clouds Expand Image

It’s been a long winter. Ottawa became the coldest capital in the world last month, while a cold wave swept through Alberta before winter had barely even begun. And earlier this week, a rare heavy snowfall brought Vancouver to a standstill (although the rest of B.C. would like it to be known that they know what snow is). 

But the winter weather, while wearisome, can also create some beautiful opportunities for photography. Northern lights swirl eerily around seas of stars above the Arctic Circle, while in the forests of northern Ontario, both predator and prey pad soundlessly on soft blankets of snow. Can Geo’s Photo Club members have braved the cold to share with us some wonderfuly wintry shots from across the provinces and territories. Here are some of the best.

A rabbit in snow Expand Image
A jackrabbit covers its eyes with its paws on the prairies of southern Saskatchewan, where temperatures remained below minus 20 C for nine straight days this month. We feel you, bunny. (Photo: Philip Childs/Can Geo Photo Club)
Vermillion Lake at sunrise Expand Image
A layer of ice covers the surface of Vermillion Lake, Alta. as a hazy sun makes its way above the mountain clouds. (Photo: Jason Wilde/Can Geo Photo Club)
Jays in snow Expand Image
Their feathers flashing vivid blue against the white snow, a pair of jays squabbles at the feeder in Norland, Ont. (Photo: Isabelle M./Can Geo Photo Club) 
Northern lights on lake Expand Image
An aurora swirls a mystic green through a star-studded sky, above the boats on the frozen shore of Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories. (Photo: James Anderson/Can Geo Photo Club) 
Lynx in snow Expand Image
A Canada lynx pads softly through the gently falling snow in northern Ontario. (Photo: Megan Lorenz/Can Geo Photo Club) 
Sunrise church over St Lawrence Expand Image
The sun rises above the St. Lawrence River, casting an apricot glow on the church of Château-Richer, Quebec. (Photo: Rene Bourque/Can Geo Photo Club) 
Arctic fox with carcass Expand Image
An Arctic fox picks its way across the glistening snow, carrying the scavenged remains of a caribou killed by wolves in Wapusk National Park, Man. (Photo: Françoise Gervais/Can Geo Photo Club)
River reflections Prince George Expand Image
The crisp winter landscape is mirrored in this slowly winding river near Prince George, B.C. (Photo: Britt Bruneau/Can Geo Photo Club) 
Red fox winter Expand Image
A regal red fox looks out from Signal Hill, Nfld., in the chill of a snowy winter’s morning. (Photo: Russ Lynch/Can Geo Photo Club)
Deer amongst branches Expand Image
A white-tailed deer buck stands motionless amongst snow-covered branches, his reddish-brown fur contrasting with the white of winter in Ontario. (Photo: Eric Hayton/Can Geo Photo Club)

Are you passionate about Canadian geography?

You can support Canadian Geographic in 3 ways:

Related Content


Skiing or snowshoeing? Enjoy the best of both worlds at this unique backcountry lodge

At British Columbia’s Purcell Mountain Lodge, guests can partake in skiing and snowshoeing and then end the day with a well-deserved three-course dinner

  • 1559 words
  • 7 minutes


Into the wintry kingdom of the Canada lynx

In the boreal forest, where secretive lynx depend on the snowshoe hare to survive, climate change threatens to upset this longstanding predator-prey relationship

  • 1160 words
  • 5 minutes
A mountain half covered in snow


Why mountains matter in Canada

They sustain us, enrich our lives and inspire us

  • 1287 words
  • 6 minutes


Five ways to fall in love with winter in Quebec’s Charlevoix region

From snowshoeing on a frozen river to soaring over snow-covered mountains in a helicopter, here’s how to make the most of a family winter getaway in this spectacular region on the north shore of the St. Lawrence 

  • 1477 words
  • 6 minutes