Organization: Parks Canada
Photo: Peter McGuire
Size: 27.6 X 42.6 cm
Winter in Canada’s National Parks
Overleaf: Breaking trail, Banff National Park (Photo Peter McGuire)
In Canada’s national parks, winter is simply – spectacular. Snow transforms already picturesque parklands into dazzling worlds of white. Silence fills the wilderness, giving the impression of impenetrable serenity. This atmosphere of calm is deceiving. Beneath the thick layer of quiet there is much activity.
The frost that stings like fire upon my cheek, The loneliness of this forsaken ground, The long white drift upon whose powdered peak I sit in the great silence as one bound; The rippled sheet of snow where the wind blew Across the open fields for miles ahead; The far-off city towered and roofed in blue A tender line upon the western red; The stars that singly, then in flocks appear, Like jets of silver from the violet dome, So wonderful, so many and so near, And then the golden moon to light me home; The crunching snowshoes and the stinging air, And silence, frost, and beauty everywhere.
Archibald Lampman (1900)
Library and Archives Canada, for the poster image (item number: 2975578)