1 – 3 January 2013
These images are from a trip to Quebec City when my friends from home were visiting us in Montreal, Canada. It was just after new years and we decided that the dead of winter was a fabulous time to go north and visit the coldest place on earth. It wasn’t fabulous… but it WAS pretty.
With that being said though, we had lots of sightseeing out the car window and lots of time indoors. Outside temps were around -20 degrees celcius, with a wind chill factor making it feel like -30!!! Brrrrrr. We could only stay outside for about an hour at a time. The Saint Lawrence River was frozen, the Montmorency Falls were frozen, and we were frozen. Seriously. We were really quite limited in what we could see as we just weren’t prepared for that type of weather, but it was still beautiful to see none the less. I have NEVER felt so cold in my life.
Somewhere between Quebec City and Montreal we even turned off the highway on the way home in search of a fromagerie, and found a whole community of people ice fishing in the local river. Awesome to see, we stayed for about half an hour. That was about all the time that we could manage outdoors and even found a guy who took us in to his hut to see what was going on inside! They were pretty toasty in there, some even had little fireplaces going while they are sitting in there with their lines down through a hole in the floor, and into the river!
Fresh, ‘snap’ frozen fish! Everyone just threw their catch outside the huts and the fish froze to death in the snow and ice.