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    Posted January 15, 2015 by
    Montreal, Quebec
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    Watching the wildlife during a Canadian winter

    Watching the wildlife during a Canadian winter

    *Mandeep S. Oberoi


    Imagine being on a safari park where animals are allowed to walk free and humans are caged in metal boxes that they like to call as their cars. Sounds exciting, eh! Not really though during a Canadian winter when your cars are heated and it is negative13 deg F (-25 deg C) outside. The animals do not complain about the cold weather. They are happy to be free. Most animals are attracted to the carrots. So if you can offer some carrots, they would be happy to poke their nose inside your car window.

    I went to the safari at Omega park here in Quebec province of Canada last Sunday. I was wondering what would the animals think about our cars?

    Never the less, it was fun to see how these animals can survive in the wild and we cannot. Some animals were fenced while the others that were deemed harmless roamed freely. The park had separate trails for cars, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. We went snowshoeing and met some deer on the trails. The park is home to elk, red deer, coyote, red fox, bison, wild turkey, moose, bears, raccoons, and wolves, among other wildlife.

    Looking forward

    Outdoor activities are a very different experience during winter here in Canada because of the snow and cold temperatures. However, it is also the time to take your best pictures with the snow. Finding the animals in their natural habitat was quite an experience. I am scheduled to travel to Quebec City to experience world’s largest ice-hotel in the coming weeks.

    *Mandeep S. Oberoi, twitter @mandeepsoberoi is an outdoor enthusiast. He is an intermediate hiker, kayaker, camper, poet, and writer. He has ventured across Laurentian mountains and Eastern Quebec townships in Canada, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier in the West coast of USA, Scottish Highlands, Toco range in the Caribbean, Swiss Interlaken mountains, and the Himalayas, among others. He works professionally as SAP financial services consultant for his firm Dexteyra Consulting Group Inc.
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