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Welcome to the « dead of winter » in Toronto

mercredi, janvier 21st, 2015

If you average out 75 years of Toronto weather data, you’ll make the awful discovery that the coldest part of the year starts Wednesday, which might explain Tuesday’s extreme cold weather alert.

According to Environment Canada’s records, from Jan. 21 until Jan. 30, the average minimum temperature is -10.9C, making it what their senior meteorologist David Phillips calls ‘the dead of winter.’ It’s the coldest period of the year and only after Jan. 30 does the average temperatures start to climb. Unfortunately, climbing out of this meteorological ice tomb takes time. The average low is below minus -10C until Feb.15th.

The hottest time of the year, let’s call it the ‘dog-days of summer’ are 181 days away. On July 7th, the average high is 27.1C. What a dream.

Click HERE to have access to the article on The Star.

What is Boxing Day?

vendredi, décembre 26th, 2014



Windy Saskatchewan wedding photo goes viral

mardi, juillet 8th, 2014

Windy Sask wedding photo goes viral

A Saskatchewan photographer is getting international attention after sharing photos she took this weekend of a newlywed couple stealing a kiss in front of a tornado.

Read more on The Star Phoenix: click HERE.

Happy Canada Day!

mardi, juillet 1st, 2014

Tom Brokaw explains Canada to Americans:


Canada & The United States: Bizarre Borders

vendredi, juin 13th, 2014


The Toronto Icestorm

lundi, décembre 23rd, 2013

Happy Canada Day!

vendredi, juillet 1st, 2011

July 1st is Canada Day, the national day of Canada.



Learn more about Canada Day on Wikipedia.

The world’s biggest beaver dam discovered in northern Canada

samedi, mai 8th, 2010

A beaver:

Creative Commons License photo credit: gainesp2003

A dam:

Natchez Trace Parkway Rock Spring
Creative Commons License photo credit: BobWeaver4

Beaver Damage
Creative Commons License photo credit: Sentrawoods.

The world’s biggest beaver dam has been found in northern Alberta, in Canada. It is so large, it’s visible from space. Read the article on Yahoo News.

« Let’s all hate Toronto »

dimanche, mars 28th, 2010

Toronto Skyline
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Of course, you can well imagine I would never write an article which discredits Canada or Toronto. I have lived and worked in Toronto for a year and visited the city several times as my husband is a Torontonian so I have been able to appreciate all that Toronto has to offer and I am more than ready to defend it!

« Let’s all hate Toronto » is the title of a one-hour film in the form of a road documentary in which you can follow ‘Mr Toronto’ on a tour of Canada. He will try to find out whether Toronto is actually hated by Canadians who don’t live there. It is a tongue-and-cheek (= à prendre au deuxième degré) documentary, don’t take it literally!

Watch it on HotDocs and browse (= parcourez) this website on which you can find documentaries by Canadian filmmakers.


mardi, février 16th, 2010

(The) YUKON is the westernmost and smallest of Canada’s three federal territories, the other two being the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. It is next to the American State of Alaska. It was named after the Yukon River. It has a little bit more than 30,000 inhabitants.

The capital and largest city of Yukon is Whitehorse (20,500 inhabitants).

In Yukon, you can admire beautiful landscapes with  lakes and  snow-capped mountains. Mount Logan (5,959 meters) can be found in Yukon. It is the highest mountain in Canada and the second highest in North America after Mount McKinley (6,194 meters) in Alaska. The climate is arctic and subarctic and very dry, with long, cold winters and short summers with long sunshine hours. Here you can see the midnight sun.

Columbia Glacier Approach
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Dempster Highway
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On the way from Inuvik to Tuk
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Dawson City, more than 530 kilometers to the North West of Whitehorse, developped thanks to the Klondike Gold Rush. Gold was found in 1896 in Bonanza Creek, a watercourse (= un cours d’eau) in Yukon  and ten of thousands of prospectors were attracted to the area. The city which used to be a First Nations camp boomed to 40,000 inhabitants in 1898. It counts now a little bit more than 1,300 inhabitants but it attracts more than 60,000 visitors every year. The average temperature in February is -22°C.

If you walk in the town center, you can see very old-fashioned buildings which give the town a very special atmosphere. It brings you back to the time of the gold rush and you can have a drink in a saloon watching can-can dansers (= des danseuses de French Cancan).

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Klondike Kate's Restaurant
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In winter, you can see the beautiful Northern lights (a common name for Aurora Borealis):

Northern Lights, Yukon, Canada
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The Yukon Quest is a 1,000 mile sled (or sledge = traîneau)  dog race run every February between Fairbanks, Alaska, and Whitehorse, Yukon. Because of the harsh winter conditions, difficult trail, and the limited support that competitors are allowed, it is considered the « most difficult sled dog race in the world », or even the « toughest race in the world ».

Yukon Quest start
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Snow sculpture:

Japanese snow sculpture 1960.2
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At Watson Lake, a town on the Alaska Highway, there is a very peculiar place called Sign post forest where you can see a collection of 65,000 signs left by visitors from all over the world. It was started in 1942 by a GI called Carl Lindley.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have a sign or license plate (= plaque d’immatriculation [US]/ [GB]= registration plate/ number plate) to add when I went there!

Signpost Forest, Watson Lake, Yukon
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