• Church with sunset clouds

    The sun rises over the St. Lawrence river, casting an apricot glow on the church of Château-Richer, Quebec. (Photo: Rene Bourque/Can Geo Photo Club)

It's been a long winter. Ottawa became the coldest capital in the world last month, while a cold wave swept through Alberta before winter had barely even begun. And earlier this week, a rare heavy snowfall brought Vancouver to a standstill (although the rest of B.C. would like it to be known that they know what snow is). 

But the winter weather, while wearisome, can also create some beautiful opportunities for photography. Northern lights swirl eerily around seas of stars above the Arctic Circle, while in the forests of northern Ontario, both predator and prey pad soundlessly on soft blankets of snow. Can Geo's Photo Club members have braved the cold to share with us some wonderfuly wintry shots from across the provinces and territories. Here are some of the best.

A rabbit in snow

A jackrabbit covers its eyes with its paws on the prairies of southern Saskatchewan, where temperatures remained below minus 20 C for nine straight days this month. We feel you, bunny. (Photo: Philip Childs/Can Geo Photo Club)

Vermillion Lake at sunrise

A layer of ice covers the surface of Vermillion Lake, Alta. as a hazy sun makes its way above the mountain clouds. (Photo: Jason Wilde/Can Geo Photo Club)

Jays in snow

Their feathers flashing vivid blue against the white snow, a pair of jays squabbles at the feeder in Norland, Ont. (Photo: Isabelle M./Can Geo Photo Club) 

Northern lights on lake

An aurora swirls a mystic green through a star-studded sky, above the boats on the frozen shore of Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories. (Photo: James Anderson/Can Geo Photo Club) 

Lynx in snow

A Canada lynx pads softly through the gently falling snow in northern Ontario. (Photo: Megan Lorenz/Can Geo Photo Club) 

Sunrise church over St Lawrence

The sun rises above the St. Lawrence River, casting an apricot glow on the church of Château-Richer, Quebec. (Photo: Rene Bourque/Can Geo Photo Club) 

 Arctic fox with carcass

An Arctic fox picks its way across the glistening snow, carrying the scavenged remains of a caribou killed by wolves in Wapusk National Park, Man. (Photo: Françoise Gervais/Can Geo Photo Club)

River reflections Prince George

The crisp winter landscape is mirrored in this slowly winding river near Prince George, B.C. (Photo: Britt Bruneau/Can Geo Photo Club) 

Red fox winter

A regal red fox looks out from Signal Hill, Nfld., in the chill of a snowy winter’s morning. (Photo: Russ Lynch/Can Geo Photo Club)

Deer amongst branches

A white-tailed deer buck stands motionless amongst snow-covered branches, his reddish-brown fur contrasting with the white of winter in Ontario. (Photo: Eric Hayton/Can Geo Photo Club)