This photo was taken near Mt. Shark Creek in Kananaskis Provincial Park in Alberta.
The past few days have been mild for Toronto, and on Sunday afternoon freezing rain had been forecasted which resulted in me staying indoors.
For me winter is meant to have copious amounts of drifted snow, similar to that depicted in the photo, including frigid temperatures that require bundling up in downfill coats, toques, mittens/gloves, scarves, and boots with good tread on the bottom (preferably with warm woolen socks inside). I like it best at about -5F (-23C), as the snow will crunch underfoot and if the nose is exposed to the air acquires a numb feeling in a matter of minutes. Another feature at this temperature is the telephone and electrical lines hum.
Cold temperatures tend to keep influenza and cold bugs at a minimum, whereas warmer more temperate days produce a multitude of different ailments to afflict humans.