25 Photos That Prove Alberta is a Winter Wonderland

25 photos that prove Canada is a winter wonderland
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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

Ha Ling Peak reflecting in the half frozen Bow river in Canmore @InAfaraway_Land
Ha Ling Peak reflecting in the half frozen Bow river in Canmore
Hiking Path to Lake Agnes in Lake Louise @InAFaraway_Land
Hiking Path to Lake Agnes in Lake Louise
Early winter morning fog at Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park by @InAFaraway_Land
Early winter morning fog at Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park
Morant's Curve in Banff National Park @InAFaraway_Land
Morant's Curve in Banff National Park
Reflections in Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park @InAFaraway_Land
Reflections in Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park
Mountain views near Lake Louise in Banff National Park @InAFaraway_Land
Mountain views near Lake Louise in Banff National Park
Snow blowing of Mount Rundle in Banff National Park @InAFaraway_Land
Snow blowing of Mount Rundle in Banff National Park
Stag party below Mount Rundle in Banff National Park  @InAFaraway_Land
Stag party below Mount Rundle
The historic Banff Spring Hotel in Banff @InAFaraway_Land
The historic Banff Spring Hotel in Banff looks like in a fairytale in Winter months
Lake Agnes Teahouse near Lake Louise covered under a think blanket of snow by InAFaraway_land
Lake Agnes Teahouse near Lake Louise covered under a think blanket of snow
Frozen waterfall in Johnston Canyon @InAFaraway_Land
Frozen waterfall in Johnston Canyon
Abraham lake at sunrise @InAFaraway_Land
Abraham lake at sunrise

Elk posing for a photo in Banff National Park @InAFaraway_Land
Elk posing for a photo in Banff National Park
Winter hiking to lake Agnes near Lake Louise @InAFaraway_Land
Winter hiking to lake Agnes near Lake Louise
Half frozen Bow River in Lake Louise @InAFaraway_Land
Half frozen Bow River in Lake Louise
Cross country skiing along the Moraine lake road in lake Louise @InAFaraway_Land
Cross country skiing in the early morning golden light along the Moraine lake road in lake Louise
Moose meadows in Kananaskis country @InAFaraway_Land
Moose meadows in Kananaskis country
Winter roads in Kananaskis country @InAFaraway_Land
Winter roads in Kananaskis country

Early morning alpine glow on Mount Rundle above Canmore @InAFaraway_Land
Early morning alpine glow on Mount Rundle above Canmore
Cascade Mountain at sunrise in Banff National park
Cascade Mountain at sunrise in Banff National park by Jack Bolshaw
Frozen Abraham Lake, Canada @InAFaraway_Land
Abraham Lake
Misty Bow River and Three Sisters in Canmore, Canada @InAFaraway_Land
Misty Bow River and Three Sisters in Canmore

Evening alpine glow by the Upper Kananaskis lake, Canada @InAFaraway_Land
Evening alpine glow, Upper Kananaskis lake
Vermillion lakes at sunrise, Banff National Park, Canada
Vermillion lakes at sunrise photo by Jack Bolshaw
Winter Sunset in Canmore, AB by @inafaraway_land
Winter Sunset in Canmore

25 photos that prove Canada is a winter wonderland
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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.comI 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. 

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