Exploring Canada’s gentle giants
It’s a big wide world out there, in fact so big and inviting that sometimes we forget to explore our own back yards. Intrepid’s Katy Rockett put away her passport for this holiday and felt on top of the world in her homeland…
“Though I’ve been a Canadian resident since birth, it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I actually started to take the time to explore the diverse and incredibly vast country in which I live. And what a mesmerizing journey it was!
While many people think Canadians go into hibernation the second the first snowflakes fall, and rightfully so, this is really quite a misconception. For many, this is the ideal time to experience Canada in an entirely different way as the land truly becomes a playground.
In our journey from Calgary, Alberta to Golden, British Columbia I had the opportunity to see mountains for the first time in my life. I fell instantly in love. The Rocky Mountains are first visible in the distance but soon engulf the landscape, surrounding you on all sides like gentle giants. With everything covered in a soft blanket of pristine white snow, it was nearly impossible to fight my urge to hop out of the vehicle and prance up and down the sides of the mountains. A feat that is likely a bit more strenuous than it may have seemed.
After hours of driving, though it felt like minutes, we arrived at our remote cabin at the bottom of Kicking Horse Mountain in Golden, BC. It didn’t take me long to throw my bags on the bed and rush to the base of the mountain so I could rise to the top, albeit with the assistance of a ski lift. Once the lift burst through the clouds, my jaw dropped and my breath escaped me. The temperatures reached well below -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit), but I barely noticed. In front of me were mountain peaks, expanding as far as the eye can see. Never in my life have I felt like I was so much on top of the world and it was a moment I will not soon forget.
After days of skiing and endless exploration of the magical landscape I knew I had fallen in love with my country all over again. I eagerly await the next opportunity to escape to the Rocky Mountains so I can rise to the top of the world once more!”
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* photo by David Kennedy – Intrepid Photography Competition