When The Weather Network and Trans Canada Trail announced a photo contest asking Canadians to send in images captured while on The Great Trail, an avalanche of more than 3,200 submissions poured in from all corners of the country.
In August, the following winning images earned accolades from the judges for their stunning depictions of landscapes, fauna and flora along the Trail.
Grand Prize Winner
Drew Leiterman, Cranbrook, British Columbia
This winning image was taken by Drew Leiterman, of Cranbrook, British Columbia, who captured the breathtaking beauty of a must-see destination called The Steeples that forms the southern stretch of the Hughes Range. Located in the Kootenay River Valley, near the Chief Isadore Trail, this five-kilometre expanse of mountains resembles church steeples, just as its name suggests.
Dick Tam, Edmonton, Alberta
Dick Tam describes spotting this sleeping porcupine as a “wonderful moment.” He had been enjoying a stroll with his wife along the Edmonton River Valley Trail when she spotted the quilled creature. Initially, the prickly porcupine was hard to see since its colour blended perfectly with the tree, but the skilled photographer captured a “great shot with the hair lit up from behind.”
Greg Clancy, Calgary, Alberta
“Bridge Through the Night”
Oil patch pipefitter Greg Clancy snapped this stunning night shot of the iconic Peace Bridge while walking along the Trail in Calgary at 4 a.m. in an effort to unwind after working the night shift. Clancy started to pursue photography with a passion after returning home from his European honeymoon and finding that, according to him, “most of the pictures I took on the trip weren’t that great”. Determined to improve, he started taking photography classes. Seems his efforts have paid off; this snap earned him a place as one of the finalists.
Dave Baxter, Calgary, Alberta
Dave Baxter, a retired teacher living in Calgary, often enjoys walks with his family along theTrail near Calgary through Bowmont Park and Baker Park. This shot was captured on the slopes in Bowmont Park when Baxter and his wife were following the river along the Trail. Baxter noticed these colourful crocuses poking up through the snow, so he set up a tripod to capture the essence of seasonal change. For other photographers looking to capture similarly poignant shots, Baxter encourages them to slow down and be present in the moment.
Jeff Wizniak, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
"Chief Whitecap Waterway"
The Chief Whitecap Waterway is a spectacular portion on The Great Trail with more than 100 kilometres of untouched river valleys between the Gardiner Dam and Saskatoon. The water flow from the Gardiner Dam makes the trip a breathtaking one-way journey from south to north. To plan a trip to this scenic setting can visit the Chief Whitecap Waterway website for more information.