What’s Next for The Great Canadian Life?
Labrador City, NL Canada, February 8, 2017 – This coming weekend Gateway Labrador and Smokey Mountain Ski Lodge will be hosting a Snowshoe Making Workshop under the expertise of local craftsman George Davis assisted by Smokey’s own Toby Leon.
Canadian snowshoeing began as winter transportation for the country's indigenous people and evolved into an enjoyable recreational activity. Snowshoeing in Canada is enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts and takes place on summer hiking trails throughout the Canadian wilderness and parks.
Snowshoeing in Canada began with the indigenous people as a means of foot travel during the winter months. The deep snow was a hindrance when moving settlements or hunting in Canada so they invented the snowshoe. This benefited the natives greatly as they could now walk on the surface of the snow instead of knee-deep.
As French fur traders settled in what is now Quebec, they were introduced to snowshoeing as a means of winter travel. They were thrilled as they could continue to carry on with their trading during the winter months. Of course, it wasn't long before the competitive nature of the Europeans took hold and they began holding Canadian snowshoeing races.
The Great Canadian Life Project honors the heritage of snowshoeing in Canada with this very special weekend workshop and more snowshoeing events to come! Check our Events Calendar for more details!