Grande Prairie, Alberta - April 18, 2013
For those of you that have never travelled to Northern Alberta, you may not understand the piles of snow, dirt and gravel that are left even though most areas are already clear of snow. This happens because of the sheer amount of snow northern communities get over the winter, in addition to the unpaved roads. A lot of gravel and dirt are tracked onto the paved roads and build up on parking lots. When these areas are plowed, the piles contain both gravel and dirt as well. Then when things start melting in the spring, you are left with filthy piles of snow that are insulated by the dirt and melt much slower than everything else.
And, of course, there is a ton of water everywhere because a ton of snow just melted. I feel as though the rubber boot industry should thrive here in the spring. :P
This may not seem like the most glamorous place to visit, but Canada is this large, weird, amazing country, and I don’t think you can get a complete picture of it without seeing everything. And Northern Alberta is a must see.