They might fuel stereotypes (like certain ones involving igloos and hockey), but snowy winters are also a ubiquitous part of the Canadian experience. There are no southern provinces that stretch close to the equator to bring winters full of sun and warmth, but there is lots of northern land swathed in snow and ice. As such -- loved or loathed -- snow is a yearly and universal Canadian gift, one that runs straight through the heart of Maple Leaf cinema.

To dig into Canadian filmmaking is to dig a comfy fort into the snow, one that screens any number of wintry treatments -- a meandering and pensive look at dangerous wintry accidents, Inuit resolve, hypnotic danger or the verbose dangers that befall a lonely little Ontario town. In one vision, the white landscape will evoke a sense of peace and comfort, and in another, a sense of isolation and menace.

Stuck in the middle of a cold and blizzard-packed winter, there's no better time to dig into that snowy cinema and bask in the cinematic light when it's so cold and dark outside. Hit the jump for our 10 essential wintry Canadian tales.
The Saddest Music in the World
Based on 33 critics

A baroness (Isabella Rossellini) holds a competition to find sad music. Read More

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The Snow Walker
In Theaters on February 8th, 2004

A plane crash strands a bush pilot (Barry Pepper) and an Inuit woman (Annabella Piugattuk). Read More

Away from Her
Based on 36 critics

Alzheimer's disease pulls a long-married couple (Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent) apart. Read More

Snow Cake
Not Yet Rated2006
Based on 15 critics

A traumatized Briton (Alan Rickman) tells a Canadian (Sigourney Weaver) that her daughter has died. Read More

My Winnipeg
Not Yet Rated2007
Based on 25 critics

Filmmaker Guy Maddin's whimsical portrait of his Manitoba hometown. Read More

The Tracey Fragments
Based on 10 critics

Wrapped in a curtain, a teenager (Ellen Page) searches for her missing brother. Read More

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Based on 38 critics

A charming slacker (Michael Cera) must contend with his new girlfriend's many ex-boyfriends. Read More

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Not Yet Rated2008
Based on 11 critics

A virus that spreads through the English language turns people into zombies. Read More

The Sweet Hereafter
Based on 23 critics

A lawyer (Ian Holm) prepares to sue over a Canadian bus crash. Read More

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