01/20/2013 10:47 EST | Updated 01/21/2013 12:49 EST

Wildlife In Winter Captured By Waterton, Banff Remote Cameras (PHOTOS)

Parks Canada

Deep snow and frigid temperatures may often bring Alberta to its knees but it's just another day in the backcountry for Parks Canada's remote cameras and the wildlife they're designed to captured.

The cameras, which in the case of Waterton Lakes National Park in the southwest corner of Alberta, are infrared-triggered and mounted on trees along trails, are used by biologists to study and track wildlife within the parks.

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And when the air gets colder and the snow starts to fall, the cameras capture a completely different picture of the animals that inhabit Canada's protected spaces.

The pictures show an environment that may be alien to many who frequent the parks in the warmer months but that is still every bit a home to the different species of wildlife that thrive in the parks. These photos show a snow-covered landscape and frigid mountains, as well as elk sinking in the snow and working for footing, while lynxes seem to almost float on the surface of the snow.

Click through the gallery below to see some of the best photos captured by Parks Canada remote cameras in Waterton Lakes and Banff National Parks.

CORRECTION: This story originally mentioned that both Waterton and Banff National Parks were located in southeastern Alberta. They are in fact located in the southwest corner of the province. We apologize for any confusion that may have caused.

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