NCC: Land Traces – The winter of my content material

“Spike” climbing (Picture by Gayle Roodman/NCC workers)

December 29, 2021 | by Gayle Roodman

One of many many joys of dwelling in Canada is that we’ve 4 seasons. In southern Alberta, the place I reside, it’s not unusual to have all of them in sooner or later. Every season has its deserves, however there’s one thing particular about winter.

Perhaps it’s the angle of the sunshine right now of yr, or the sound of the snow squeaking beneath foot when it’s actually chilly. Perhaps it’s the character that the mountains tackle when lined in snow that attracts me in, each time, or the awe of peering down a metre-deep tree nicely to see how deep the snow actually is (admire these from a secure distance!).

Typically I really feel like I’ve to apologize for loving winter. And I believe that some may query my sanity once I counsel we head outdoor on an journey at -20 C. However, I’ll allow you to in on a bit of secret; trails and paths are much less busy in winter, so solitude in nature is straightforward to seek out.

Contemplating winter in Canada can final for a lot of months, why not take advantage of it? Uncover for your self what it’s that makes winter within the nice outdoor so spectacular.

Unsure the place to start? Begin with the proper clothes. Assume layers, and suppose something however cotton. Good. Now that you simply’re equipped, under are some actions to get you began. Right here’s hoping that you simply too will turn out to be a four-season nature lover.

Winter climbing

You already know that favorite path you stroll in the summertime? Take a look at its winter transformation. Tree boughs droop from the burden of snow. Rocks turn out to be lined in layers of the white stuff, forming snow “pillows” that change the form of the panorama.

When the paths get icy and snow packed, slap a pair of “spikes” onto the soles of your boots and also you’ll have the traction of a mountain goat. (They usually additionally make a extremely cool “tinkling” noise once you take them off — much like the sound made once you step calmly on a skinny layer of ice on a puddle.)

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Snowshoeing in Chickadee Valley, AB (Photo by Gayle Roodman/NCC staff)

Snowshoeing in Chickadee Valley, AB (Picture by Gayle Roodman/NCC workers)

If the snow’s too deep for climbing, then it’s time to don snowshoes. For those who can stroll, you possibly can snowshoe; no particular athletic talent required. As a result of snowshoes are designed to “float” on snow (the quantity of float will depend on the snowshoe sort), you possibly can channel your inside child as you frolic by deep snow (you may wish to think about sporting gaitors, except you want moist socks…). It’s positively glee-inducing.

Cross-country snowboarding

Cross-country skiing is quintessentially Canadian winter. (Photo by Gayle Roodman/NCC staff)

Cross-country snowboarding is quintessentially Canadian winter. (Picture by Gayle Roodman/NCC workers)

It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re a shuffler or an environment friendly glider, or someplace in between; cross-country snowboarding is quintessentially Canadian winter. Nordic centres supply the benefit of machine-groomed trails, the place all it’s important to fear about is staying upright whilst you absorb the great thing about your environment. For those who choose the trail much less travelled, heading into untouched areas and creating your personal ski tracks make you’re feeling like an explorer.

Together with parks, Nordic centres and climbing areas, you can too take your new-found love of winter to the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Nature Locations properties. A lot of them positively shine within the winter and are simply begging to be found.

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