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How Canadians Enjoy Winter in #mywildCanada

On Sunday February 8th, #mywildCanada Twitter chatters gathered to talk about this week’s topic: winter activities. It was amazing to see how many people embrace winter.  Canadians love getting outdoors and playing outside in the snow in #mywildCanada.

Photo by @OffTrackTravel

Photo by @OffTrackTravel

After last night, one thing is evident – none of the #mywildCanada participants suffer from cabin fever! People who complain about the cold obviously don’t know what they are missing.  Just look at the fantastic time these people are having outside.

Photo by @VoyaguerQuest

Photo by @VoyaguerQuest

If you have never gone tobogganing in Canada before – you have no idea the fun you are missing.  It’s almost a Canadian right of passage!  I remember my first toboggan – a green garbage bag – let me tell you – those things fly!

Photo by @levacas

Photo by @levacas

Most of Canada gets blanketed by snow, lots of snow! Walking in the deep snow is not possible – even though we all know this – we always get our boots full of snow trying!

When we want to get out and about in the snow, we put on a pair of snowshoes or a pair of skis.

It’s so peaceful on the trails in the winter. The clean crisp fresh air fills your lungs as you take in Canada’s awesome beauty.

Photo by @kristapetrie

Photo by @kristapetrie

Whether you are out by yourself, with your friend, your spouse, your friends or your family – #mywildCanada can be enjoyed by all in the winter.  Just look at how much fun this looks, look how gorgeous it is to be outside in the woods in the winter:

Photo by @Some_Eventful

Photo by @Some_Eventful

It’s especially fun to be outside when it’s snowing. Watching the snowflakes slowly falling as you are skiing in the woods is breathtaking:  Have you ever caught a snowflake on your tongue?

@LesyaBudna skiing

Photo by @LesyaBudna

Many #mywildCanada contributors are quite the adventurers – would you try this?

Photo by @ginabegin

Photo by @ginabegin

No? Not for you?  How about this?  Would you like to try riding your bike in the snow?

Photo by @ginabegin

Photo by @ginabegin

What? That is still not going to get you outside? Wait, I know what will! Ice climbing!

Photo by @kristapetrie

Photo by @kristapetrie

#mywildcanada is full of adventurers.  One of the best things about Twitter chats is meeting so many great like minded people.

Photo by @OffTrackTravel

Photo by @OffTrackTravel

Of course, those of us who have dogs – always bring them along on our adventures in #mywildCanada:

@saugep_sarah dog

Photo by @saugep_sarah

@TinaMcAuley2 dog with stick

Photo by @TinaMcAuley2

@levacas fingal

Photo by @levacas

@VoyageurQuest doggy

Photo by @VoyageurQuest

We like to bring our wild friends with us when we play outside.  Because we all know that no one like to play outside more than our best companions!

Photo by @VTPaddlePups

Photo by @VTPaddlePups

Many of the people who come to chat on #mywildCanada are bloggers and photographers.  So, if you like to see amazing photos and learn amazing things – then join us for #mywildCanada chats where amazing is everywhere:

Photo by @ginabegin

Photo by @ginabegin

Come on outside in the snow! – you’ll love love it!

Photo by @muskokalaura

Photo by @muskokalaura

#mywildCanada is a chat on Twitter – join us every Wednesdays at 2pm (yes, we’re back) and every Sundays at 7pm – EST.

Winter Camping in 30 Below Weather in #mywildCanada

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Winter camping in #mywildCanada is really fun.  We have a Monadnock –  a 4 person, 4 season tent – it provides a great shelter from the wind, on this trip we tested a kerosene heater because the the weather dipped below 30 Celcius.

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Having a winter tent really makes a difference in the frigid winter weather. We were very comfortable, we were not cold – we were glad we came out and enjoyed nature.  It was a great experience going out and braving the elements. We love spending time outside.

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We had our down filled coats and our minus 50 winter boots; we had our air mattresses and our minus 15 flannel lined canvas sleeping bags. The kerosene was safe to use indoors, it was designed for that.  We could easily control the temperature inside the tent by zipping and unzipping vents.  The heater had a running time of 14 hours and a safety shut off feature.

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We used the deep snow to our advantage, digging ourselves out a winter fire pit.  We were nice and warm by the hot fire.  We had to go down 36 inches before hitting solid frozen ground.

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We slept very well in the tent in our sleeping bags.  It was great to get outside, it was so much fun we want to get out and do it again – and again.

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We slept better out here than at home and we awoke refreshed in a nice warm tent.  It was one of the best nights in a long time.

Winter in Canada is so beautiful.

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To us, the snow is inviting.  #mywildCanada is a land waiting to be explored.  In the quiet winter forest signs of life are everywhere.  We see tracks everywhere:  Squirrels, rabbits, mice, foxes, moose and lynx. These are fox tracks:

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I wonder what we’ll see next time? I can’t wait to get out there and see.