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Day 121 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Lake Louise and the Rocky Mountains

The Continental Divide (or Great Divide) is the name given to the principal, and largely mountainous, hydrological divide of the Americas that separates the watersheds that drain into the Pacific Ocean. It divides those river systems which drain into the Atlantic Ocean (including those which drain via the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean Sea), and also along the northernmost reaches of the Divide, those river systems which drain into the Arctic Ocean (including those which drain into either the Arctic or Atlantic Oceans via Hudson Bay).

Although there are other continental divides on the North American continent, the Great Divide is by far the most prominent of these because it tends to follow a line of high peaks along the main ranges of both the American and Canadian Rocky Mountains, at a generally much higher elevation than the other divides. (taken from Wikipedia)


The valet parking team greets you with a smile at the front entrance of the Chateau Lake Louise


The “Lake of Little Fishes” (HO-RUN-NUM-NAY in Stoney) was the first name given to the lake by the natives who settled in the area. On August 21, 1882, Tom Wilson, a horse wrangler/packer for the Canadian Pacific Railway, christened the lake “Emerald Lake” due to its brilliant green colouring. “Lake Louise” was the third name given to these waters in 1884, to honour Princess Louise Caroline Alberta. She was the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, but more importantly, married to the Marquis of Lorne, Governor General of Canada at the time.

Since its original beginnings in 1890, Chateau Lake Louise has had many facelifts. Changes have been made to establish us as a year-round international destination resort. Before the hotel became famous for its architecture, Lake Louise had already been established as one of the country’s first mountaineering centres. In 1899, the Canadian Pacific Railway imported Swiss guides to begin developing an extensive trail system that would eventually radiate into the backcountry from the shores of Lake Louise. (taken from Wikipedia)


There are miles and miles of well-groomed cross-country ski trails around Lake Louise.


It’s good to start them out young!


Three sisters enjoy toboganning while overlooking the mountains.


Triple-Decker Ride


Lake Louise has two skating rinks – one for hockey and one for family skating.


The ice castle is a yearly-treat at the foot of the Chateau Lake Louise. There is also an annual ice-carving competition.


Hundreds of tourists visit Lake Louise every day. It is incredible how many people there are from other countries who have come to admire and enjoy the scenic mountains and the natural beauty of the area.


Exquisite Ice-Sculptures


Faces Of The Day: Lake Louise


Flag Of the Day



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 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.



Day 75 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: A Montreal Close-Up

Faces of the Day – Inside a Montreal Mosque


Video of the Day


Day 72 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Montreal – Let it Snow!

Video Of the Day

The Fed Ex guy got stuck trying to deliver a package to me. With a second snowfall of 4cm overnight on top of the previous 12cm and rain on top of that, the roads are pretty ugly. People were stuck on almost every corner…you can see why the government has made winter tires mandatory in Quebec. From December 15th to March 15th, it is now law to have a full set of winter tires on your car or truck. Mr. Fed Ex had no winter tires and zero weight in the back – a big no no driving an over-sized van.

Feature Story of the Day: Winter Activities


Faces of the Day


Shots Of The Day


Snow removal in Montreal was going on everywhere you looked today! Lots of work to do after a second snowfall overnight of 5 cm.


Night Time in Montreal


Three girls carrying a Christmas tree home to their apartment here in Montreal on St. Laurent Street.



Day 71 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Life According to George Riddell / Montreal Moments

Video Of the Day – Life According To George Riddell

Feature Story Of The Day – Life According To George Riddell who has made over 8000 fishing lures by hand over a 48-year span in his Bernard street fishing lure shop.


Faces Of The Day – Faces I Saw On The Corner Of Waverly Street and Bernard Street, Montreal


Shots Of the Day

Drawing on Window on the Bus Ride Home


School Yard Fun in the Snow


Dealing With The Snowfall


The new parking style in Montreal, due to the recent snowfall, is now angle parking mixed with some parallel parking, where the massive snow piles allow. Everyone seems to know the drill here in Montreal as far as parking and managing the snow, but what I want to know is: if you dig out your car and clear a spot in the crazy snow piles and then someone else comes along and snags it, is that fair?


Canadian Flag Shot Of The Day – George Riddell’s Fishing Lure Shop on Bernard Street In Montreal



Day 67 of a 365-day portrait of Canada: Hasidic Jewish Men In Montreal

Hasidic Judaism (also transliterated as Chasidic etc., from the Hebrew: חסידות , Hasidut, meaning “piety”, from the Hebrew root word חסד chesed meaning “loving kindness”) is a type of Orthodox or Haredi Jewish religious movement. Some refer to Hasidic Judaism as Hasidism, and the adjective Chasidic / Hasidic (or in Yiddish חסידיש Khasidish) applies. The movement originated in Eastern Europe (what is now Ukraine) in the 18th century, and soon spread from Poland and Russia, to Hungary and Romania. As compared with other Jewish movements, Hasidic Judaism tends to focus on the role of the Rebbe (or Rabbi) as a spiritual conduit of God. Hasidic followers join worship groups associated with dynasties of Hasidic spiritual leaders. Each dynasty follows its own principles; thus Hasidic Judaism is not one movement, but a collection of separate individual groups with some commonality. There are some 9 major Hasidic groups, approximately 30 smaller Hasidic groups, and several hundred minor or extinct Hasidic groups. Though there is no one version of Hasidism, individual Hasidic groups often share with each other fundamental philosophy, worship styles, dress, songs, etc.

Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (1698–1760), also known as the Ba’al Shem Tov,[1] is seen as the founding figure of Hasidic Judaism. It originated in an age of persecution of the Jewish people, when European Jews had turned inward to Talmud study; many felt that most expressions of Jewish life had become too “academic” and that they no longer had any emphasis on spirituality or joy. The Ba’al Shem Tov set out to improve the situation. Hasidism met with opposition from the misnagdim—literally meaning “the opponents.” In its initial stages, the most notable opponent was the Vilna Gaon, leader of the Lithuanian Jews, who generally adopted this hostile approach.


One of the first things that Tim and I noticed about the Hasidic Jews is that they have what seem to be long, curled sideburns. They dress in a particular way as well-mostly in black, and now that it is winter, they wear large fur hats (which they cover with plastic bags to protect them from the rain and the snow).  Even though I had lived in Montreal in the past, this cultural group was still quite a mystery to me. To find out more about these people who live just a few blocks over from where we are staying, I turned to Wikipedia (where else?). I learned that there are many different kinds of Hasidic Jews who dress differently, depending on their custom and on the day of the week. Even after doing some research, I find that I still have more questions than answers.

Hair: Following a Biblical commandment not to shave the sides of one’s face, male members of most Hasidic groups wear long, uncut sideburns called payot (Ashkenazi Hebrew peyos,Yiddish peyes). Many Hasidim shave off the rest of their hair. Not every Hasidic group requires long peyos, and not all Jewish men with peyos are Hasidic, but all groups discourage the shaving of one’s beard.

Attire: Hasidic men most commonly wear dark (black or navy) jackets and trousers and white shirts. They will usually also wear black shoes. On weekdays they wear a long, black, cloth jacket called a rekel and on Jewish Holy Days the bekishe zaydene kapote (Yiddish, lit. satin caftan), a similarly long, black jacket but of satin fabric traditionally silk. The preference for black comes from a decree made by community rabbis in the 18th century stipulating that black outer garments be worn on the Sabbath and Jewish Holy Days out of the home, as opposed to the shiny, colorful kaftans that were worn prior to that time. The rabbis thought that brightly colored clothes might arouse resentment amongst non-Jews, which could lead to violence. Indoors the colorful tish bekishe indoors is still worn.

Hats: Samet (velvet) or biber (beaver) hats are worn by Galician and Hungarian Hasidim during the week and by unmarried men on Shabbat as well. They are usually only worn in the winter. Some unmarried men wear asamet hat on the Sabbath and a felt hat during the week. There are many types of Samet hats, most notably the “high” (“hoicher”) and “flat” (“platsher”) varieties. The “flat” type is worn by Satmar Hasidim, and some others as well. Some Rabbis wear a “round” samet hat in a similar style to the shtofener hats, however made from the Samet material. They are called beaver hats even though today they are made from rabbit.

There are probably close to half a million Hasidic Jews worldwide. The two main Hasidic communities in the United States are located inNew York and Los Angeles. Outside of the United States the largest Hasidic community is in Israel, located mainly in Jerusalem and its adjacent areas. The vast majority of Hasidic Jews live either in the United States or Israel but there exist large communities in Canada in Montreal, Britain and Belgium also. Hasidic Jews are known for having large families and as a result are experiencing tremendous growth.


Day 53 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Heide practicing on her D-90

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