River Ice Breakup



The ice on the Yukon River breaks up each Spring. This slideshow will give an idea of the depth of the ice at Whitehorse, Yukon. The colours contained within the crystals forming the ice flows are lovely and the light glistening off them brings cheer.

You can see how the ice is formed in layers over the winter; snowfall after snowfall; cold snap following warmer followed again by cold.

It’s interesting to note that even when the ice is this thick near the shore, the center of the river didn’t freeze over at Whitehorse. Further downstream it did, but going out on the ice near the city is a dangerous practise.

Norm Hamilton is a freelance writer and photographer based in Whitehorse.

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