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Picture of the Week: Shoveling Snow

Shoveling the Snow, Ottawa, March 2012

Most Canadians keep a shovel in the garage, and it’s not to build sandcastles, but to shovel the snow.

A single snowstorm can bring ten, twenty, thirty of more centimeters of snow and it can make getting out of the house a challenge. If you live in an apartment, you’ll be fine (yet you may have to shovel your balcony). But if you live in a house, you will soon be familiar with the shoveling routine. Clearing the driveway, especially the end of it, is the number one winter chore.

There are different kinds of snow. Wet snow may be the prettiest but it’s also a bitch to shovel because it’s so heavy. For ice, you need a metal shovel (or a flamethrower… I still wish we could use these!). For the heavy slush at the end of the driveway, you mostly need patience and a lot of time.

That said, shoveling snow is good exercise and a great way to meet your neighbours! You are all in this together… eh!

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