Ottawa By Night

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It’s mid-February now, and even though winter is far from being over, the days are slowly getting longer. Just a month ago, it was pitch dark by the time I left work, at 5 pm. Now, I can actually watch the sunset in the bus (provided I don’t miss it…).

I could say the worst part of the winter is behind us but I don’t want to jinx it. We haven’t had much snow this year but for a couple of snowstorms back in December. But it could very well snow until March/ April and temperatures are still well below zero, averaging -15C.

Most immigrants think their first winter in Canada is the hardest because they are not used to it. But I disagree. Sure, there is the initial “fucking cold, eh” factor. But for most, the first winter is quite fun because snowstorms, blizzards, ice rain and all the weird “only in Canada” weather phenomenons are actually exciting to experience. The second winter is even better, because by then, you are actually able to deal with more extreme weather conditions and appreciate all the perks of the winter.

After that, it pretty much goes downhill. You know how long winter will be. You know that the first snow is beautiful, but that the five centimeters that fell on your grass one morning in November won’t melt till May. You know that days will be short, that starting the car in the morning will take ages and that you will wear layers and layers of clothes for the next few months. Mentally, it’s hard. The Canadian winter gets to you after a while.

The East Block of the Parliament

The East Block of the Parliament

The Parliament Library

The Parliament Library

Side Parliament Entrance

Side Parliament Entrance

War Memorial

War Memorial

Château Laurier

Château Laurier

Night Traffic

Night Traffic

Old Train Station

Old Train Station

The Canal and Downtown

The Canal and Downtown

Snowy Bench and Crane

Snowy Bench and Crane

Business District

Business District

Job Half Done

Job Half Done

Construction

Construction

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

25 Comments

  1. Terrific photos. I just love living here in Ottawa and you have really captured the essence of the place [as far as such a thing is possible] with your photos and commentary. Wow!
    Just today, a friend visiting me from out of town was going on and on about what a beautiful place this. We were stopped at a red light right in the Market and made note of the fact that there was NO GARBAGE… no LITTER, anywhere.
    I said to him, “If I ever start telling you that I am moving from Ottawa, I want you to immediately kick me in the head.”
    Cheers!

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  3. It’s amazing how cities around the world become trendy, and becacause that fact travellers miss those hidden gems all over the globe. I’m so glad an excited I’m moving besides my lovely small family to this beautiful city in the next two months.

    Everytime I read your posts about Ottawa and see your city awesome pictures, I feel more closer and get more familiar with it.

    Thank you Zhu for bring me those eyes and soul closer to my destiny. You constantly confirm my right choice.

    Cheers

    • Well, first let me say “welcome to Ottawa”! Let me know if I can be of any help, you know where to find me 😉 You are from Spain, right?

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