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Ottawa, a Winter Wonderland

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Ottawa experiences one of the most extreme climates of any national capital on earth, from hot and humid in the summer to frigid in winter. It actually gets colder here than in Moscow (there goes another Russian myth). From December to April, in a normal year, we have snow on the ground. Dogs and kids love it. Anyone with a driveway to shovel has a different perspective.

Ottawa, has a range of temperatures from a record high of 37.8 °C (100 °F) to a record low of -36.1 °C (-33 °F), the second coldest temperature recorded in a capital city (after Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia). This extreme range in temperature allows Ottawa to hoast a variety of annual activities, from "Winterlude", a celebration of ice and snow, Dragonboat races on the Ottawa River in summer, to the annual Tulip Festival in Spring.

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Photos of Ottawa in winter. Click on thumbnail to see full sized photo.

Parliament

Parliament from
the Museum of Civilization

Ottawa River

Ottawa River
steaming in the cold

January

January scenery

Family fun

Family fun

frosty fir trees

Frosty fir trees

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Frost covered branch

Ice sculpture

Ice Sculpture at Dow's Lake

ciy branches

Icy branches

Ice sculpture

Ice sculpture at Dow's Lake

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Follow these links to the rest of my pages about Ottawa and the National Capital Region. blue bar


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Patti

This page was updated on 26 November 2007.

Contact me at: patti.primeau@sympatico.ca

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