Most Loved Photos 2013—Bob Ferguson
Waskesiu River was all that Bob needed to say about this striking winter photo. It is interesting to note that when reviewing the popularity of images sent to us online this year, people find equal beauty in both winter and summer in Saskatchewan.
Winter is a divisive topic to Saskatchewanians. There are those of us who love the winter games and sports, the softly falling snow, and even the colder weather. But there are many more who would prefer to leave it all behind each year, to escape to a warmer climate.
My own thoughts are divided on this topic. I never miss winter during the warm summer months, and I’ve escaped during the winter, travelling to Mexico to bask in the sun, and loving every minute of the reprieve. Even a trip to B.C. in January was a pleasure, having only to wear a light coat instead of my parka.
I’ve lived in Saskatchewan all my life. As a kid, I loved winter. I loved tobogganing and ice skating and making snow angels. But at some point snow lost its magic to me, and I spent more time grumpily complaining about the cold weather than taking any time to enjoy it.
Then I wrote an article for Prairies North about winter festivals in Saskatchewan, and I started to learn about winter cities and the creative ideas Scandinavian countries are applying to their northern home towns. It occurred to me that since I was planning on spending the rest of my life in Saskatoon — or at least some other winter city in Canada — I should learn to embrace the winter season. It practically lasts half a year here anyway!
When that first snow falls, I can’t help but be impressed by the beauty of the twinkling white blanket over everything. I’ve rediscovered the joy of ice skating and tobogganing (though it sure seems a lot scarier these days!) and I’ve tried new winter sports like yukigassen and snowmobiling.
But I still daydream about that next warm vacation, of sprinting to the airport doors in nothing but a sweater, and then stepping off the plane in sweltering heat. Sadly, no hot vacation is in the cards for me this year, but maybe that’s for the best what with the Zika virus scare and the poor Canadian dollar.
You've got to admit, though, winter in Saskatchewan can be mighty beautiful. See a few photos we've collected in this winter photo gallery.
We want to know how you feel! Do you embrace the cold weather, or are you a snowbird? Is the Zika virus or the low Canadian dollar stopping you from considering a trip this year? Share your thoughts in the comments below.