It was a gorgeous Northern Canadian morning, only -15, barely needed a jacket. We’d only been home from our Christmas vacation a day and the kids were itching to get outside and play in all the snow that fell while we were away. There’s something special about being the first one to make tracks in untouched snow.
Looking out from my deck at the ocean of white in my back yard I was reminded of my youth when I would head out with a couple of friends into a snow-covered field near our place. We’d all bring shovels and before too long the field would become an intricate series of tunnels, paths, and snow forts. I decided to recreate those memories for my kids. Three days later we had a Winter Wonderland in our back yard.
Day 1: Shoveling
I shoveled and shoveled and shoveled. I haven’t had that much exercise in years and it felt great. By the end of the day I had created a labyrinth in the snow, several huge hills, some open play areas, and cleared the pond for skating.
Day 2: Build a Quincy or Two
A Quincy is a sort of igloo. You pile snow into a long mound and let it rest overnight. The next day the snow will have packed together strong enough for you to carve out openings and rooms into the mound.
Day 2 was a balmy -5. The warm weather really helped the snow pack making Quincy construction very successful.
Day 3: Adding some Pizzazz
I decided to take our back yard Winter Wonderland to the next level and paint the snow. We used food coloring and water in spray bottles. We used hot water so our hands wouldn’t get too cold from the over-spray and leaky spray bottles. It was messy work but tons of fun.
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