19
Feb
09

Day 139 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Quebec City Gets Hit With a Major Blizzard

My first step out of the van this morning was into a knee-high pile of snow that the snow plow created in the early hours of the morning. I had heard the plow go by twice during the night, but I had no idea that I would be totally boxed in with 30 inches of snow all around me! After a half an hour of shoveling I was able to pull out and drive around the corner, parked in a plowed parking spot. When it snows in Quebec, parking spots become a premium, and there seems to be some sort of unspoken word as to who gets what spot.We’ve covered a lot of snow days in the past couple months, but this by far has been the biggest blizzard that we’ve been though. Our cameras survived a mere hour and a half before they became to damp inside and out, meaning our shooting for the day was over for the day. We’ve found that the best way to photograph a blizzard is from a vehicle, where the cameras are protected and dry, however today was not a driving day in Quebec city…too dangerous. Enjoy the view from the warmth of your home!

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If you don’t have to drive anywhere today, then don’t because the roads are icy. On a day like today, the mandatory snow tires become even more vital and important!

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Just getting to this mail box required both snow boots and snow pants.

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A Postie Gets the Mail Delivered

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The Quebecois know the importance of moving the snow within the first few hours, otherwise the snow packs down, gets hard and is five times more difficult to move. This guy was taking his snow across the street to the neighbors to deal with. Illegal snow dumping?

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A nice warm place to spend the snowy day. No school today kids!

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A mother watches from the warmth of her house as her daughter shovels the sidewalk. In Quebec you can find generations living within the same household.

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Proud to shovel the sidewalk for his family!

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A trail runs through it, wow! I can not believe the six feet of snow on either side of the sidewalk, I’ve seen it on TV, but didn’t believed it. Back at home in Alberta we’d get only a foot of snow in a good snow year.

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Pausing from digging out her car, a big job. An even bigger job if the plow boxes you in.

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Yet another funny french sign, Quebec has some odd signs, they love their signs and rules.

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Taking Home the Groceries

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Really? How many people would throw their child on a piece of hard plastic and drag it through the snow? It just seems odd to me, even though it is a typical Canadian scene.

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The extendable snow brush – oh, what a lovely invention! 

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3 Responses to “Day 139 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Quebec City Gets Hit With a Major Blizzard”


  1. 1 La Reina
    February 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Crazy! I bet you are both very sick of winter. Be safe and keep warm…

    La Reina

  2. February 21, 2009 at 8:05 am

    That is far too much snow. o.0 We used to get that much when I was a kid in PEI. lol

  3. 3 Marc
    February 23, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    The reason we have so many rules is because we love breaking them.No joke.


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