If you felt like the month of March seemed to last for an eternity, you’re not the only one! While certain circumstances have kept many of us stuck at home during the first few weeks of springtime, the natural world is carrying on as usual without us. In fact, these photos show just how beautiful spring in Canada really is, and it appears that the country’s wildlife is thriving!
For the first time ever, Canadians have been unable to get outdoors to welcome the beginning of spring, and it’s safe to say that we’re all missing the new season.
However, thanks to the internet and social media, we don’t have to miss out too much, and we can enjoy photos of all of spring’s wonders from the comfort of our own home.
While we can’t yet go hiking again, or explore the country’s beautiful national parks, it’s nice to know that Canada's flowers, trees, birds, and critters are totally enjoying all of this newfound peace and quiet.
From the reemergence of grizzlies, to the return of Canada geese and the gorgeous, lengthy sunsets, there’s signs everywhere that summer is officially on the horizon.
Hold tight Canada, we’ll get there!
Polar Bear Cubs Are Out & Exploring
During March and April, Canadians in places like Churchill can often get a first glimpse of polar bear cubs, who have recently become old enough to start exploring their new world.
When you finally see young bears out and about in the tundra, you know that it must be springtime!
The Ducks Have Returned
Spring is in the air. As ice begins to leave harbours Canada geese and ducks are returning for the summer months. A… https://t.co/IezWF3XB9Z— Stan Collins (@Stan Collins)1585641303.0
If you’ve been missing your local park or pond ducks, don’t worry! They’re on their way home.
During Canada’s winters, when many of the ponds and lakes freeze over, the ducks totally disappear. While many waterfowl species will fly elsewhere during the cold months, they always return during the spring.
Flowers Are Blooming
For too long Canada's gardens have been sludge, snow, and muddy, wet slush.
Thankfully, the country's flowers and shrubs are already making a comeback, and they're returning as vibrant, bright and beautiful as ever.
Grizzlies Are Waking Up
Western Canada's toughest bear named 'The Boss' is in Alberta. and he just woke up from hibernation.… https://t.co/NtkWXnngUa— Narcity Canada (@Narcity Canada)1585348235.0
Last month, Banff National Park’s first grizzly bear woke up from hibernation, proving that the 2019-2020 winter season was well and truly over.
Known to locals as "The Boss," this 15-year-old grizzly is one of the park's biggest and toughest critters. Apparently, this huge creature was even hit by a train, and he walked away without a scratch as evidence!
Good morning, sleepyhead!
Sunsets Are Getting Later
After months and months of cold, dark evenings, things are really starting to brighten up.
By now, most of the country is experiencing daylight until almost 8 p.m. That's a whole lot of daytime to enjoy!
Babies Are Being Born
Spring is the time that many animal babies are born, and some of them are almost too adorable to handle.
Over at Parc Omega, 'tis the season for arctic fox cubs, elk calves, bear cubs, and so much more.
According to the parc's Instagram page, many of the young animals are born in the months of April and May, before emerging for the first time during the summer months. Eek!
Blossoms Are Back
Nothing gives you that sweet taste of summer like the sight of blooming pink cherry blossoms.
They're a wonderful sight after many weeks of bare branches and snow-covered trees.
While May is usually the best time to catch the flowers, you can start to see them returning to their pink colour in early April.
The Geese Have Come Home
In Canada, nothing says “winter is over” like the return of the geese.
The birds are the perfect indicator that spring is near, as they return north when they notice the warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours.
While their constant honk-honking will surely be annoying again by summer, it’s a welcome sound for now.
Maple Syrup Is Everywhere
In many parts of the country, February through May is known as maple syrup season.
This is because maple farmers are beginning to tap their trees to harvest sap. It’s a sign that warmer weather is on the way, as mild temperatures allows the sap to flow freely through the tree trunks, straight out of the trees and then eventually onto your pancakes.
It even *tastes* like spring!
Hocus Pocus Prairie Crocus
Anybody who lives in the prairie provinces will be familiar with this little flower.
The prairie crocus — besides being the floral emblem of Manitoba — is a sure signifier of spring. This is because they're one of the first flowers to bloom in the new year, and their appearance means that many more wildflowers are coming.
Once you’ve seen it, you can almost guarantee that warmer weather is on its way.
Beavers Bounce Back
As it's the Canadian national symbol, nothing is more important than the beaver!
On especially warm days in March and April, adult beavers will also start making an appearance! Hungry after the winter, a munching beaver is a sure sign that the new season is upon us.
Additionally, during the spring season, thousands of beavers are born across Canada, and they’re super fluffy and adorable when they’re young.
Happy springtime, Canada!