Stuart McIntoshI believe you sat on the right side to drive it. Barely enough clearance to park it at the back of his garage.
Peter MclarenErwin Gibson and Johnny Gibson both had army trucks that plowed township roads.
Robert ShanksClearing was done by Big Hitches of horses pulling and pushing road graders. The ones out front did the pulling while the ones out back pushed on an angle to stop the plow from being pushed sideways by the forces on the plow blade!
Karen McGee this is what I remember winter like in town, walking to school down Lake Ave. They didn’t plow the streets as well as they do now.
Julie Kirkpatrick It was taken from the old Gulf Gas Station on the corner of Lake Ave and Bridge St. Looking towards the high school. I remember that winter.
Joann Voyce Before the Texaco there was Major Hooper’s beautiful home and large green lawn
Doug Thornton Around 55 or 56 when I lived at 92 Bridge Street, across from the Royal Bank, if memory serves me correct, the snow was so deep that no vehicles could drive on Bridge Street. The snow was much deeper than that picture.
anice Bowie the first house on the right is 11 Lake Avenue WEST – we lived and ran our business (Lux Photographic Services) from 2004 to 2012 there – Loved our time in CP as well as this home! it would be lovely to know more of its history – although we did a lot of work for the CP / Beckwith Heritage museum, we were not able to get much on it – though did have a copy of the deed and it was one of the Moores who had it built (1909-1911)
Dan Williams My dad used to tell me about walking 3 miles to school on snowbanks as high as telephone poles whenever I complained about having to walk to school in a snowstorm. Don’t know what year that would have been😉
Workers attempt to clear a road near what is now Ottawa International Airport after a snowstorm
I got an email from Tim Findlay yesterday, and because I was so busy on Sunday I didn’t open my mail until this morning. Of course Monday was the day after the snowstorm. As the snow still falls I began to research his question about what year the train carrying the Riel rebellion troops were “marooned” by a big snow storm in Carleton Place. Tim thought it might be sometime around 1885.
The Ottawa Sharpshooters returning from the North West Rebellion, July 1885. Photo taken at Smith’s Falls, ON. Source: LAC, Topley Series E, MIKAN No.
So I sent out a historical 911 to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum and by the time I had finished typing out the note– I thought had found it. Feb. 26-27, 1887, when 56 cm of snow fell. It was considered such a piddling amount at the time — really — that the newspaper headline barely murmured the fact that: it was the worst storm in the history of railroading.
But Tim did have some basis to the year 1885 as I found another entry: in April of 1885 they received a squall that fully entombed Ottawa in 71 cm of snow. Okay all well and good but– did they have to deal with a plow leaving 3 ft mounds in front of our driveways?
But here’s my question: would it not be more likely that the troop train would have been marooned in the big deal that entombed Ottawa in 1885 than the 56cm of 1887?–TIM
I bow to the master..:)
Jayne Henry– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum–Unless those guys were two years late to the party it would be 1885 since the rebellion was only in the spring of 1885
please do not take this photo seriously.. this is just a parody
Special: Louis Riel Day 2013 Blizzard
Louis Riel Day was marked this year by a significant blizzard that brought much of the Red River Valley to a standstill. While snowfall was relatively light, with only 5–10cm reported in most localities (although a few pockets of 10–15cm did exist through the Southern portion of the Red River Valley), strong northerly winds that gusted as high as 70–80km/h produced blowing snow that gave whiteout conditions through most of the Valley.
Charles Mair and members of the Canadian Party (including fugitive Thomas Scott) at Portage la Prairie, enlist Major Charles Arkoll Boulton to lead an attack against Upper Fort Garry. They march as far as Headingly, where they are stalled “3 or 4 days” by a blizzard that breaks out on the 11th of February 1901.
The weather gods are predicting another powerful weather system that is now sitting in some remote bar in the Rockies. The storm dumped more snow in the mountains and up to 10 inches in some parts of midwest is on its way. The weather whisperers have also spoken – it will move east.
My friend Wanda just emailed me at 5:45 am today. There is another snowstorm today in Arkansas and she will not teach as the schools are closed. They were also closed for three days last week.
“The blizzard they called Nemo in the United States is over, but the discussions are still endless south of the border. In Canada we received the same storm but our media headlines have already been changed to: “Will Jason Spezza return to play hockey for the Ottawa Senators this season?”