Did you know that most of the Earth’s precipitation falls as snow and most of its freshwater is stored away in glaciers and polar icecaps?
The human population of the globe is mostly centred around 27 degrees north in latitude from the Equator. This hospitable areas include places such as India, North Africa and South China to name a few. As you can imagine these corners of the world, with the exception of the sparsely populated Himalayas, are generally snow and ice free. So in short, there’s loads of snow and ice on this planet but most of us live far away from it.
Here above the 49th parallel in Alberta in Canada, where I live now, the conditions for winter wonderscapes to form, are some of the best in the world.
The Canadian Rockies act as a barrier to the moisture rich coastal air coming in from the west, they force it upward, cooling it and making it fall as beautifully unique snowflakes. Lots and lots of snowflakes! Just to give you an idea how many - Wapta Lake near Lake Louise boasts an average annual snowfall of nearly 500cm!
Living at these altitudes surrounded by Mother Nature’s incredible work sounds like a dream but it does come at a cost (and I’m not talking about Bow Valley house prices). Some nights here can go as low as 50 degrees Celsius below freezing and -30 temperatures weren't an uncommon occurrence this winter. Avalanches manage to claim lives and disrupt daily lives every year. However this post isn’t about the perils of winter. This is a photo essay celebrating the magnificence it continually brings.
25 Beautiful Photos of the Canadian Rockies in the Winter
What is it like to live in these conditions you may wonder? I've learned that it is more fun than expected. Canada is an endless playground for those who are ready to embrace the cold!
You can go snowboarding or down hill skiing in the many ski resorts scattered around the country. If that's not your thing try cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing or snowmobiling. Seriously, there are winter sports offered here which I have never even heard of before! Kite skiing anyone?
Some of the best places to plan your winter excursion in Canada are Banff National Park and Jasper National Park in Alberta or Whistler in British Colombia. If you are after once in a lifetime experiences, consider visiting the Canadian Northwest Territories to see the Aurora Borealis. As I said, the choices are plentiful.
Have you been to the Canadian Rockies in the Winter and have some awesome photos from your holidays? Share them in the comments! I would love to see them.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am Marta Kulesza - the photographer and creator of www.inafarawayland.com. I come from Poland, but I've been living, travelling and working around the globe since
I turned 18. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. When I am not stuck to my computer editing photos, you can find me hiking somewhere in the mountains.