Unusual Contrasts: Toronto and Ottawa on Christmas Day 2020
As an Ottawa resident for more than 30 years, it is difficult for me to imagine a white Xmas in Toronto and not one in Ottawa. December 25, 2020 was different though. Ottawa normally gets plenty of snow — much much more than Toronto — and it is also one of the coldest capital cities in the world. Generally a white Xmas, which all North Americans wish for, is designated as such whenever there is at least 2 cms of snow on the ground. I was educated about that interesting fact by a DJ of one of my favourite music stations (Chum) 104.5. She announced in between songs that Torontonians might wake up to a white Xmas! At 6 AM on the morning of Friday December 25, 2020, I was anticipating close to around 3-5 cms but instead saw much much more on the grounds surrounding my apartment building. So this was for me an authentic “white” Xmas, because in my view 2 cms of snow for an Ottawan is somewhat amusing. My immediate thought when I saw so much snow outside was to check out a live picture from a webcam that is broadcast from across Ottawa’s Parliament building. I was expecting to see tons of snow. Instead, I scratched my eyes when I saw that the Parliament Hill grounds would be capable of hosting two cricket matches side by side on either side of the eternal flame! Also, when I spoke to my daughter she said the lawns of her home were green! Ottawa will catch up though, and soon have heaps of snow!
Now, over the past few months I have had the opportunity to capture photos of the Aga Khan Park, the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre during different seasons of the year, events as well as on full and new moon nights. This latest overnight snowfall of around 10-12 cms excited me and gave me a special reason to pay a spontaneous pilgrimage to my favourite spot on earth, thanks to the vision and generosity of His Highness the Aga Khan, the builder of .the Aga Khan Park (2015), the Aga Khan Museum (2014) and the Ismaili Centre (2014).
Here then are my photos from a “genuine” white Christmas at the magnificent sites!
Photos from a White Xmas Day at Aga Khan Park
….Now Fast Forward to December 28, 2020
Two days after that snowfall of 10-12 cms on December 25, temperatures soared to 5°C. Add some rain to that and the results are shown through the following two photos which have corresponding snowy day photos above!
Date posted: December 26, 2020. Last updated: December 28, 2020 (2 photos added after rain and warmer temperatures)