It is one of Canada’s oldest and simplest pleasures: as winter sets in, snow-covered hills become playgrounds for families and friends who gather to enjoy the rush of speeding down on sleds and toboggans. Sharing the laughter that comes with each spill and thrill, this fun-filled time spent together creates lifelong memories and touching winter moments, as beautifully depicted with this coin.
The reverse image by Canadian artist Maurade Baynton captures the warmth and joy of family members enjoying an activity together in a winter scene. Freshly-fallen snow has created the perfect powdery tobogganing conditions on this hill, where families, friends and pets are taking the opportunity to enjoy time spent together. In the foreground, selective colour naturally draws the eye to a family of four dressed in their warmest snow gear, which adds bright colour to a carefully engraved landscape that would otherwise be dominated by wintry hues of whites and grey. With a scarf draped over his mouth and chin to protect against the cold wind, the youngest child sits at the front of the wooden toboggan; behind him, his rosy-cheeked sister lets out a gleeful shout as they slowly gather momentum. Mother and father sit at the rear where they excitedly look ahead with broad smiles, knowing the thrill that’s to come. Even the family’s pet terrier is in on the fun! In the background, others enjoy the same activity; all remain undaunted by the cold, for they know that any cold hands and cheeks will be warmed later by burning hearth-fires and hot cocoa.
A wonderful holiday gift or stocking stuffer that will put a smile on the recipient’s face!