By CVC’s Meagan Ruffini, Marketing and Communications Associate
There’s something magical about a full moon, illuminating the earth, creating shapes and shadows twinkling on the snow. Mother Nature doesn’t sleep. She lights the night for new wonders to be discovered.
Leave hibernation to the critters and come out and appreciate our great Canadian winter. Play in the snow, get toasty by the campfire and sip on a hot beverage. Enjoy an evening of skiing, snowshoeing, skating or ice fishing in our parks under the brilliant glow of the moonlight. Bring the whole family and join us for exciting winter programming running January through March. For details, visit our winter program listings.
Since prehistoric times, people have used the movement of the moon to keep track of the passing year and set schedules for hunting, planting and harvesting. Indigenous cultures named each full moon based on the behavior of the plants, animals, or weather during that month.
The coming of winter earned December’s full moon the name Cold Moon. During this month, nights are at their longest and darkest and the winter cold tightens its grip. January’s full moon is named Wolf Moon after the howling of hungry wolves searching for food in the harsh cold. The typically frosty, snowy weather of February earned its full moon the name Snow Moon. The last full moon of winter in March is named the Worm Moon after the worm trails that would appear in the newly thawed ground. The full moon has a fascinating way of connecting people, animals and the earth.
A full moon occurs every four weeks, the duration of one complete lunar cycle, and is the brightest object in the night sky. The moon is 10 times brighter when it’s full than when it’s in a quarter phase. Have you ever heard the phrase ‘once in a blue moon’? It’s often used to describe a rare event. In nature, a Blue Moon occurs when we experience a second full moon in a calendar month.
How often do we get to bask in these moments and create special memories in a perfect winter wonderland? A full moon means the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. Breathe in the crisp winter air, bundle up and get ready for an unforgettable experience. Our Conservation Parks have a full lineup of fun winter programs scheduled around the full moon cycle.
Check out all of our wonderful winter programs.