Photostory #457A: Winter Fun in Canada . . .
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National Film Board of Canada
December 5, 1967
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Forever a land of seasonal change, Canada is not for those who overly care for the climactic monotony of other places. As soon as summer's majesty has departed southwards amid the extravagant crimson blushes of autumn's graceful curtsy, yet another mighty monarch comes to visit. The great white emperor of winter's overwhelming presence is awesomely magnificent. Across the populated parts of Canada he lavishly bestows an all-covering mandatory ermine cloak of snow many feet thick. To keep this sparkling gift pure and fresh he magically places the nation within a royally-controlled deep-freeze, good for many weeks of faultless operation, and then, splendidly, illuminates all with clear-blue skies of sunny days. Canadians, bowing to such incontestable showmanship wisely join in the game. Snug enough in their homes and towns and confident through past experience of their tactical defenses, they then sally forth in crowds to greet their monarch in the open. On the ski hills, the toboggan runs, the skating rinks, along the wooded trails, over (and even under) the frozen lakes, through the bushlands and around their gardens they go to revel in the exhilarating environment and become part of the crisp, clean tapestry of winter. For millions of Canadians this is a time to especially enjoy the wonders of their wide and glorious land.