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Winter (and Extreme Weather) in Canada

Yes, it’s cold. Yes, we like to brag about it.

Winterlude 2011

We came back to Canada just in time to take a peek at the 2011 edition of the Winterlude, our yearly winter festival. This was Winterlude’s last week-end and even though some ice sculptures partially...

Pumpkins and Snow

I don’t get Halloween. Even though some of the earliest Halloween traditions started in Europe, we didn’t celebrate it at all when I was a kid in France. It was primarily a North American tradition...

A Rainy Day

In Ottawa, it doesn't rain, it pours. You barely get any warning at all: one minute, the sky is grey and you feel a drop of water, the next one you are as soaked as if you had taken a shower...

Winter Fun

This weekend marks the end of the Winterlude festival (but sadly, not the end of winter yet). I found myself hanging around in Confederation park, where it all started a couple of weeks ago, thinking...

The Great Melt

After the great freeze, we woke up to the great melt. The weather was a bit warmer and all the ice accumulated had started to melt. Trees were literally shedding ice. Every blast of wind shook the...

Freezing Rain

We got a bad winter surprise today when we woke up to heavy freezing rain this morning. Yuck. Freezing rain is pretty unique to very cold countries. When surface temperatures are below freezing...

Winter In Canada

Winter has settled in the capital, and lately, we have been able to enjoy Canada's trademark weather: pure blue sky with a high of --20C. But don't think the weather is stopping us from going out.

Through The Storm

On Monday night, while I was outside getting some fresh air smoking a last cigarette, I noticed a few flurries in the sky. But when I woke up the next day, there was just a bit of frost on the grass...

Winterlude!

Winterlude started last week in the nation's capital. Probably the best way to celebrate winter and the waaaay below freezing temperature ! Sculpting ice when it's - 20C is a Canadian sport... And...