Algoma Country in enjoying winter snow squalls today from a lake effect coming off Lake Superior. Our landscape is a beautiful wintery white -- just in time for the holiday season! We're so excited about the upcoming winter activitiy season: snowshoeing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing and snowboarding. If you've never experienced a winter getaway in Algoma, we'll be featuring exerpts of our winter stories from the www.northernontario.travel ezine.
Our first feature was written by Meaghan Smith, a nature enthusiast from Sault Ste. Marie, entitled "A Fantastical Imagination in Algoma’s Wintery World". Below is an exerpt from Meaghan's story of snowshoeing in Lake Superior Provincial Park.
Agawa Rock Pictographs in winter at Lake Superior Provincial Park.
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I have always had the most wild of imaginations. And growing up, winter was always the best season to express my fantastical ideas. There is something magical and mystical in snow dancing down the streets, twinkling on rooftops as bright as stars, and dotting the evergreens which line our forests. Come the first snowfall, Algoma Country is blanketed in a heavenly white, turning the region into a wintery abyss, similar to the setting of mythical Narnia, in which fabled creatures live.
Once an avid cross-country skier, I spent my winter days and evenings on the trails at the Hiawatha Highlands, averaging over 400 kilometres a year, racing with the Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Team. I was trained in the Jack Rabbit Program, and had the privilege to learn from a beloved doctor in Sault Ste. Marie. He taught me the techniques of freestyle and classical skiing, as well as the essential herringbone needed to scale the vast hills at Hiawatha. Aside from techniques, my coach educated me about a creature that lurks in Northern Ontario, coming out of hibernation in the wintery days and evenings, disturbed by people who venture out onto trails. These "snow snakes" as he called them, date back to prehistoric times in frigid regions. Being young and naïve, I believed every tale he told about these slithering snakes; he spoke of their invisibility and cunning ways, and most important, how they had fun and occupied their time. These snow snakes enjoyed taunting winter enthusiasts, be it skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, or hikers, by grabbing their shoes, boots, skis, poles, bindings, or boards, and bringing people down to their demise. Needless to say, I was the victim of countless horrible snow snakes in my younger years.
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To read the rest of Meaghan's snowshoe adventure in Algoma Country at http://www.northernontario.travel/algoma-country/a-fantastical-imagination-in-algomas-wintery-world
Born and raised in the heart of Northern Ontario, Meaghan spends the majority of her free time near the crystal blue waters of Lake Superior, or hiking the trails in Lake Superior Provincial Park. Meaghan is the Communications Writer for Algoma University, and studied at Western University in 2012 completing her Masters of Arts in History. Although she is formally trained in British and military history, her passions lie within the tales of the Voyageurs travelling the North, the vivid paintings of the Group of Seven, and recounts the early settlers in the backcountry of the Algoma region.