一张来自春天的快照 A snapshot of Spring
Laburnum trees and purple alliums
This snapshot of Spring is from VanDusen Botanical Garden located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Approximately 7,500 species and varieties of plants can be spotted here. Visitors are encouraged to take self-guided tours which are updated almost every month, as new plants take centre stage. Pictured here are the laburnum trees in full bloom. Despite requiring little maintenance, these trees can grow fast, surpassing close to 40 centimeters of growth each year. Given their gorgeous golden arch and walkways, laburnums easily draw visitors to VanDusen Botanical Gardens this time of the year. And if you miss their narrow period of full bloom, you could likely take a stroll through the Rhododendron Walk or take in the numerous flowers in vibrant colors spread across the garden.
Wheaton River, Yukon
Welcome to the Yukon, one of Canada’s three territories that offers magnificent mountains, numerous species of wildlife and an all-encompassing nature retreat. Out here, winters span at least five months and temperatures can plunge as low as -40°C. With a sparse population, the Yukon boasts massive natural landmarks. It is home to Canada’s tallest mountain – Mount Logan, the country’s largest non-polar icefields, and the fierce Yukon River which runs more than 3,000 kilometers. The Yukon also has a thriving population of wildlife consisting of moose, black bears, wolves, caribou, and Dall sheep to name a few.
This Canadian territory’s dark and long winters make it an ideal destination for spotting nature’s dazzling light show – the aurora borealis. In addition to that, visitors can partake in various seasonal activities ranging from slow and tranquil to fast and exhilarating. What better way to explore the Yukon than going dogsledding with a pack of huskies? If you’re looking for a full-body workout, there’s skiing and snowshoeing to maneuver through the snowy trails across the wintery landscape. And if you’d rather lounge by the frozen lakes, you can drill a hole and try your hand at ice fishing. There’s something for everyone, here in the Yukon. For now, we’ll just take in the grandeur of this Canadian destination from today’s homepage image.
Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottowa, Canada
Today we're at the iconic Rideau Canal Skateway in Canada's capital city of Ottawa. Each winter a 4.8-mile section of the canal downtown is converted into the world's largest—and second longest—outdoor skating rink. Rideau was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007, and every year this rink section becomes a featured attraction of Winterlude, a free, annual festival which attracts visitors from across the country for the first three weekends of February.
The 2022 Winterlude festival runs February 4-21 and features a variety of cold-weather activities, including ice-sculpture and snowman-building competitions, a gigantic snowflake playground, a snowy tug-of-war, winter sports lessons, and wide array of public art installations. With activities for people of all ages, Winterlude allows locals and tourists to indulge in Canada's cultural and artistic diversity, while transforming the city into a giant winter wonderland.
Kluane National Park
What looks here like an ice road for 50-foot-tall truckers is really Kaskawulsh Glacier in Canada's Kluane National Park. This corner of the Yukon is home to the largest ice field on Earth outside of the poles, with the slow, steady flow of more than 2,000 glaciers continually carving these vast canyons amid the peaks.
Speaking of peaks, glance up and you'll see the Yukon is also paradise for mountain lovers. And Kluane is its pinnacle, literally: Located within the park is Mount Logan, the highest mountain in Canada (and second-highest on the continent after Alaska's Denali).
Canada, Quebec Red Bridge
When the Pont Rouge (Red Bridge) of Sainte-Agathe-de-Lotbinière was built over the Palmer River in 1928, covered bridges were already commonplace here in Quebec. Simple designs imported from the United States allowed relatively untrained workers to quickly construct crossings like this. 'Ponts rouges' (often called this whether or not they were painted red) popped up wherever rural French Canadians required a convenient river crossing—as many as 1,500 were built between the late 1800s and the 1950s. Today fewer than 100 still stand, and some—like this one—are protected by local and provincial agencies for historic preservation.
Vibrant colours of Fall
This majestic view of the Wapizagonke Lake encapsulates the spirit of autumn through the vibrant display of colours. Located between Québec City and Montréal, La Mauricie National Park is a site for all types of nature lovers. The park offers activities such as hiking, kayaking, paddling, bird watching, ice climbing and even star gazing. With more than 150 lakes and home to one of the oldest mountain ranges – the Laurentian Mountains - La Mauricie National Park is a destination filled with spectacular vistas all-year-round.