Helsinki, Moscow, Oslo ... eat your hearts out!
Ottawa is the world's real Winter Capital!
The weather tried to freeze him
it tried its level best.
At a hundred degrees below zero,
he buttoned up his vest.
— James Stevens, 'The Frozen Logger'
November 17, 2012, OTTAWA — With the official start to winter still more than a month away, the evening of Wednesday, November 14, 2012, felt unusually cold to Ottawa bicyclist, writer and all-round bon vivant Geoffrey Dow when he unlocked his bicycle outside the Ottawa International Airport.
His machine's saddle was dusted with frost, as if the atmosphere itself was freezing out of the sky.
Not to put too fine a point on it, he deemed it unusually cold for the middle of November.
Cycling towards home he soon saw why. He pulled to the side of the road to document the situation some 15 kilometres south of his home in downtown Ottawa.
Electronic sign seen on the evening of Wednesday, November 14, 2012, near the MacDonald-Cartier International Airport.
"Why yes," Mr. Dow agreed when asked if he felt cold. "Now that you mention it, it is a touch on the nippy side!"
Having snapped the photo, he zipped up his jacket and clambered back aboard his bicyle for the long ride home.
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