Snowshoeing, our latest hobby

 

We love snowshoeing. Thanks to a wonderful surprise gift (and thanks to living up north), we’ve been able to really get into snowshoeing this year. We also got more snow this week, so we’ll probably be going at least once or twice more this year. Our three snowshoeing trips were all spectacular in their own way, so we wanted to show them side-by-side here. We also have received a special request from a good friend in China for more Canadian winter photos. Although I could take a few pictures outside of our house right now, but we thought that it’s probably a better idea to show off this country’s best side of the cold. In case anyone’s curious about the geographical locations of these treks, I stuck a Google map at the end of the post for reference.

Speaking of winter, this past week gave us a great example of why Calgary’s weather might be the strangest we’ve ever experienced. It seems everywhere we have lived people tell us, “If you don’t like the weather in [Utah, New England, Seattle, Idaho, etc.) just wait ten minutes!” Here that statement actually appears to be true. On Wednesday–the day I’m in class until 9pm of course–it was sunny and the temperature got up to +13 degrees celsius (55F). The very next morning it was snowing and -13 (8F). That’s a Chinook. Warm winds blow in temporarily from the coast to build you up and then break your heart.

 

Snowshoeing Trip One: Nickel Plate

This was a fun trip with my parents (this is MG) about 30 minutes west of my home town of Penticton, BC. We made a fun trip home for spring break a few weeks ago.

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Snowshoeing Trip Two: Canyon Hot Springs

On our way home from Penticton, we stopped at Canyon Hot Springs (just east of Revelstoke, BC) and did a quick hike into the cedar forest there. This is a pretty wet part of the Rockies, so the snow was deep and heavy. We got tired out pretty fast, plus our rental car didn’t do extremely well in the snow, so we thought we better hit the road again quickly to make it home before dark.

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Snowshoeing Part Three: Fish Creek Park

We got about a foot of snow about two weeks ago, so we wanted to take advantage of it quickly before it melted. We felt a little weird, but we got onto the C-train with our snowshoes and rode down to the south part of Calgary to take a hike before the snow melted. There were some paved trails in the park, and it was a pretty warm day by Calgarian winter standards (while we strapped on our snowshoes a jogger ran past us in short shorts and a tank top). The snow was sparse in some spots, but we still found plenty in the shaded creek bed. Another perk to living in Calgary: taking public transit to go snowshoeing within city limits.

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And the map (my color coding didn’t work out, but the locations are posted in order from west to east):

Snowshoeing Locations - Google Maps

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