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True Winter Tales Challenge

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Girls Versus Janitor by Katrina Johnston

During the winter of 1963, I joined a gang of grade-four girls who plotted schoolyard domination. We laid our sieges upon the ice and snow of Mount View Elementary in...

Inside Out Under a Winter Sky by Chris Nelson

It seemed a reasonable decision at the time. Never having worn skates, joining the company hockey team would be a good way to learn to skate. I thought it odd they'd even...

Marco Polo by Robert Christopher

It was cold at the top of that mountain.  They called it the top of the world.  My last hunter died and because of that we never got paid.  Worse...

Christmas in Japan by Rhonda Collis

In Sendai, Japan, close to the epicentre of the most recent earthquake, winter is very similar to our own in southern Canada with temperatures dipping below freezing and snowfalls that...

A December night in Quebec by Jamie Mason

A December night in Quebec, and not the pretty kind. Rust-eaten vehicles howl the ice-choked highway as salt smeared road-signs stand guard. The air hangs humid-cold, the kind that creeps...

Kid in a Candy Store by Ronald Kurki

Our "Over 50 Hockey Team" begins playing on Sunday night and I heard that there was adult skating at the arena this afternoon.  Thinking that I should get a jump...

An Instant on Lake Temagami by Philip LiWei Chen

Let's stop here. I have never guided winter outdoor experiential education the way I am this time: more aware of the environment.  Doesn't it sound like an obvious thing to do?...

Girls Versus Janitor by Katrina Johnston

During the winter of 1963, I joined a gang of grade-four girls who plotted schoolyard domination. We laid our sieges upon the ice and snow of Mount View Elementary in...

By Christine Selinger

Everyone has that one day they remember; that one winter day that really stands out amongst the rest.  In late December of 2006 I had flown from my home in...

One Winter by Maria McCullagh

In Quebec City, snow begins to fall when the most stubborn leaves are still clinging to branches.  Often as early as mid-November, when it is still officially autumn, we wake...

My Nonna by Carrie Hayes

Picture it...Montreal...1970. I was seven years old and already a seasoned Montreal 'winter' pro. Walking to school atop eight foot snow banks? Check. Spending days being literally snowed-in our house?...

Out of the Grey by John Woolfrey

I've often heard people say: Montreal comes alive in summer. Maybe they like all the life outside in the streets, but when it gets to thirty degrees and ninety per...

The Pink Mohair Scarf by Deborah Whelan

Between snowflakes that smear the windows like globs of glue, I strain to see what they're doing. They don't know that I'm watching. A few minutes ago, I heard them...

Skating With Owls by Chris McMahen

In the winter of 1974, snowy owls arrived in Victoria.  These brilliant white birds perched on the edges of the emerald green fairways of the Victoria Golf Club.  Snowy owls...

Heating Costs by Lisa Woolman

The devil drives a Propane truck. He seemed so friendly in the spring, when he kindly recommended the fixed price program. So, quick as a dipping thermometer, I sold my soul to the propane...

In The Winter of 1939 by Linda Dowhaniuk

When my father was a twelve year old, it fell to him to go on a rescue mission in a blizzard.  His aunt and her six month old baby were...

Ice Caves by Kathryn Zdybel

The way I remember it is that mom would tuck me and my sisters into our toques and snowpants and dad would lead us like a troop of ducks down...

When She Takes a Walk by Heather Cromarty

When my Mom's diagnosis finally came I went home as soon as I could. I arrived on Boxing Day. It was a relief to my Dad to have someone in...

C Word by Doug Koop

It seems I'm not the only one who doesn't want to be outside this morning judging by the reticent pink smudge on the Manitoba horizon.  The CBC radio goofballs are...

Bay Area Freezers by Mark Paterson

On a cold, grey November day in 1982, a week after my eleventh birthday, I stood at the top of our walk and watched my family's stretch-wrapped belongings get loaded...

Take me Back by Brenda Brooks

I walked out on winter 14 years ago and never looked back. I wanted to run, but those late January Toronto streets were tricky and slick, so I bought a...

A True Winter Tale by Joanne Underwood

By the end of January, 1955, I'd lived in Bagotville, Quebec for nearly two months and so far all I knew of it was snow and cold.  My Air Force...

By Stephanie Rideout (Marysvale, NL)

Lying under handmade quilts so heavy, I can't turn over against the weight. Snuggled in with my baby sister and the mattress so old we sink towards the middle in...

By Sheila Peters

December 23, 1980. I'm in the departure lounge at the Vancouver airport waiting for the flight to Smithers, 500 miles due north. I'm terrified. In my arms, wrapped in a...

By Catherine Lodge

Running frantically with coat, parcels, scarves flying in the wind, Jessie made it down to Union Station in a breathless state, just in time to catch the Ontario Northlander. Her...

Snow Piling Up by Erin Renwick

Winter, 1980: We are in Nelson BC, a town on a hill so steep and so constant that you can slip from top to bottom on sleds in winter.  It...

By Shamima Khan

The snow was like sky sugar. When I stood out in it, arms outstretched, face upturned and staring into the immense whiteness, quietly letting snowflakes pour over my body, I...

By Heather Lynn Carr

We skated to school in the winter.  We would don our skates at the front door, tie our shoes together and sling them over our shoulders, and carefully pick our...

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