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The last poem ever written by Archibald Lampman is titled Winter Uplands. It was an ode to the snowshoe. Lampman became ill when he returned from this walk, and died nine days later, at the age of 37. Lampman was known as "Canada's Keats." Originally, this poem was written in pencil, kept in one of his notebooks, which is now at the National Archives in Canada.

"The frost that stings like fire upon my cheek,

The loneliness of this forsaken ground,

The long white drift upon whose powdered peak 

I sit in the great silence as one bound; 

The rippled sheet of snow where the wind blew 

Across the open fields for miles ahead; 

The far-off city towered and roofed in blue 

A tender line upon the western red; 

The stars that singly, then in flocks appear, 

Like jets of silver from the violet dome, 

So wonderful, so many and so near, 

And then the golden moon to light me home--

The crunching snowshoes and the stinging air, 

And silence, frost, and beauty everywhere.

— Archibald Lampman, avid snowshoer, Confederation poet, "the Canadian Keats."

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Exhibit


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Parka

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Mukluk

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Group of 7

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Canoe

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Snowshoe

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Bush Plane

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Hockey

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Toboggan

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Railway Hotel

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Snowmobile