Day 79 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Toronto’s First Mega Snow Blizzard

Tim and I were scheduled to be back in Toronto to watch a friend’s apartment and kitties over the Christmas holidays. Much to our chagrin, we watched the weather reports from Montreal, predicting massive snowfall for the Toronto area on Friday. Being as well prepared (in the Boy Scout way) as he always is, Tim had us packed up and ready to return to Ontario on Thursday (a day ahead of a giant snowstorm). We were happy to have made it here on the clear highways Thursday night, and the snow really started to fall on Friday morning. 

CBC news.ca was calling the Environment Canada weather warning the coming of snow-mageddon. The storm system on Friday ended up dumping 15 cm in the Toronto area and another storm system on Sunday is predicted to leave another 15-plus centimetres on the ground.

Flag Shot of The Day 

Video of the Day: Blizzard at the Beaches

Feature Story of the Day: The Toronto Blizzard

It was relatively clear under the overpass today. The more treacherous winter storm conditions became apparent rather abrubtly after leaving this shelter


A number of bikes were careening around town today, even with the rapid build up of snow on the Toronto roads. 


Toronto gets hit hard by a mega snow blizzard, but Yonge street was still hopping with Christmas shoppers.


If any of you have a reason to complain today, whatever it is would pale in comparison to being blind in a big-city blizzard.


Toronto’s GO train was slow-moving, but it was moving nonetheless, today.


At the Beaches in Toronto, not a soul was to be found at this normally very popular city park.



3 Responses to “Day 79 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Toronto’s First Mega Snow Blizzard”

  1. 1 Ken V L
    December 20, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Wow, wherever you go you guys have snow. How did the van handle the conditions? What do you think it is…. winter? Not even Dec 21 yet.

    Back at home this past week, we just got through with white out conditions on the Deerfoot, and QEII got so bad that it closed itself! Self-serve highways here in Alberta. Ha Ha!

    Nice snowflake effect on your page the past coupla weeks.

    Love ya kids :>)

    • 2 CelebrateCanada2010
      December 24, 2008 at 7:34 am

      The van did great for 3 reasons: 1) Tim was the driver, and he is a good driver. 2) We just got new winter tires in the back, and they are incredible! 3) We have lots of weight in the van with all our gear, so that probably helps! Apparently this is the most snow that they have had in To for decades! Figures…

  2. 3 Annabell
    June 24, 2010 at 5:48 am

    i actually really love a good snow storm. 🙂 it’s kind of exciting haha. nice photos!

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