“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” —John Steinbeck
“He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.” —John Burroughs
“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” —Aristotle
The winter months can seem long in Toronto and getting outside is always a good idea. The biggest obstacle is the worry of being cold. There is a famous Norwegian proverb:
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”
Careful attention to what you wear will ensure a pleasant outdoor winter experience.
The TDSB is offering weekly walks from January through to March.
There is the chance of seeing interesting creatures:
Here is a typical winter bird list from Humber Bay:
Species list: red-necked grebe, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, American wigeon, bufflehead, common goldeneye, white-winged scoter, long-tailed duck, hooded merganser, red-breasted merganser, common merganser, ring-billed gull, belted kingfisher, black-capped chickadee, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco, American tree sparrow. (21 species)
If you are interested in learning to identify trees and shrubs, experts say that winter is the best time to do it.
Some groups from previous winters:
Registration begins on Wednesday, November 24 at 8:30 am at
learn4life.ca / discover the outdoors
In the bleak midwinter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago. – Christina Rossetti