Winter Wonderland in Canada


It’s probably not where Alice will chose to explore, with winters as cold as -30 degree C,  but it sure is spellbindingly magical when glistened under a sheet of crystal snow. Canada is almost a square: as tall as it is wide, so its climate varies drastically from freezing winter up its Northern part and warm summer down its most Southern cities. In 1816, Canada didn’t even have a summer with cold temperate dragging into June and July due to the world-wide effects of volcanic eruptions in Indonesia several months earlier.

Due to its vast latitudes and longitudes, Canada develops some remarkable weather phenomena. Regina, Saskatchewan lays in the mid-prairies of Canada and hence has the lowest temperature record at -50C on January 1, 1885 and the warmest summer day at 43.3C on July 5, 1937.  Broken pieces of icebergs from the North Atlantic Ocean created a risky iceberg alley near Fogo Island, Newfoundland – the very same location that sank the Titanic in 1912. The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia has the largest tides in the world – reaching 16 metres high and disappearing in about 6 hours, twice each day. In December of 1944, Toronto experienced 47 cm of snow in a single day. Canada has proven it can take everything Mother Nature throws at it and live to tell the tales.

Canada is nicknamed the Great White North – “Great” for being the second largest country in the world, “White” for massive amount of blinding-white snow in the Arctic Archipelago, “North” for being North of the U.S. Despite living in constant cold climate, Canadians are known worldwide for their warm and generous personalities. Cold hands, warm hearts!

Can Canadian winter be more beautiful than these captures by photographer Cynthia Hoa from TH’s Photography? You be the judge!