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Photo Friday: Winter in My Hometown – Kapuskasing

IMG_7804-001For the first time in three years, I was able to go home for Christmas.  I love exploring the world, and it occurred to me that most of the people I met in Japan cannot imagine winter in my hometown – Kapuskasing.

 

Where I live in Kurashiki, the coldest average temperature is only 5°C.  Having grown up in Kapuskasing (Kap for short), which is in northern Ontario, Canada, 5°C is beautiful fall weather! People are in utter disbelief when I tell locals that to me, Kurashiki doesn’t have winter because 5°C is fall, not to mention when I tell them that -40°C is not uncommon for the middle of winter in Kap.

When I show them this picture (below) of my friend in -40°C, their reactions are hilarious; they can’t fathom that level of cold weather.

My friend sporting natural mascara - Canadian mascara!

This photo is courtesy of my friend who is sporting natural mascara – Canadian mascara!

Of course, that probably won’t happen this year with El Niño, but I still got quite the cold shock during my visit.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy this introduction to winter in my hometown – Kapuskasing – for this week’s Photo Friday. 😀

 

My sweet little rescue dog, Chibi (Chee-bee) looking out the window.

My sweet little rescue dog, Chibi (Chee-bee) looking out the window.

The photo above is atypical; there’s usually much more snow.  The photo below is the norm.

Down the street from home; it's not uncommon to be unable to see the ground like this.

Down the street from home; it’s not uncommon to be unable to see the ground like this.

A Kapuskasing sign and the town symbol, a black bear, with snow on its back.

A Kapuskasing sign and the town symbol, a black bear, with snow on its back.

Sadly, I couldn't get the entire thing in a full frontal shot.

Sadly, I couldn’t get the entire thing in a full frontal shot.

The red caboose that you see is the souvenir shop and entrance to the Ron Morel Museum. It’s open seven days a week in the summer, and it’s FREE!  I worked there in the summer of 2007, and chatting with visitors and showing them, especially the children, the exhibits featuring the town’s history and of course, the mega train model, was a great way to pass the summer.

 

The caboose that you see is now the souvenir shop and entrance to the Ron Morel Museum.

The caboose that you see is now the souvenir shop and entrance to the Ron Morel Museum.

 

This is great fun for kids before or after visiting the museum.

This is great fun for kids before or after visiting the museum.

 

The whole train.

The whole train.  The museum is in the two passenger cars.

Looking at the paper mill across the frozen river.

Looking at the paper mill across the frozen river.

Trees usually look more like this; this year is unusually warm.

Trees usually look more like this; this year is unusually warm.

 

This street is a circle, so everyone calls this area The Circle. :D

This street is a circle, so everyone calls this area The Circle. 😀

 

Have you ever experienced winter like this?

 

Which would you choose, winter in my hometown – Kapuskasing, or summer with 100% humidity in a place like India, Japan, or Florida?

 

 

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Tracey (Delcaro) Craig
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Tracey (Delcaro) Craig
Great job on describing our hometown Becky! You miss the cold crisp air and I miss the sound of crunching snow as you walk through it instead of the sloppy snow we walk through in the southern Ontario cities. We visited this past summer and shortly after driving north past New Liskard, our children noticed that the air had a fresh scent to it.. They also noticed when we lost that scent as we crept closer to the city on our return trip south. The circle was a hit with them as was the river, the park and the mill… Read more »
Sharon
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thank you — Kapuskasing is my hometown as well and it is a beauty in both winter and summer — have lived in BC for over 30 years and winter in Arizona but still visit every couple of years in Kap and love it every time including the cold sunny winters

tim nakashoji
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As a child I lived down the road from that house in Val Albert. Looking at it brought a smile to me. Thanks.

Sadie
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Very nice pics! I like seeing the fresh snow on everything but I certainly do not miss it! As soon as I could get away from cold weather I left. Cute dog!

InsideJourneys
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I went to university in Ottawa back in the days when each snowfall dumped several inches of snow a few times a week. As soon as we dug out, more came. Your photos of the tree and the snowy street took me back to that time. I don’t remember it ever getting as cold as -40C but one year, my cousin left his keys in the ignition while he cleared snow, then put them in his mouth. His lips stuck to the keys! When I moved to DC, I was surprised how quickly everything closed when they had just 4″… Read more »
RobRob @TravelLatte(.net)
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Wow. I grew up in Arizona, so that much winter is just crazy to me! Then again, so is high humidity, so I’m not sure how well I’d survive either one. Sure is pretty though! 🙂 #wkendtravelinspiration

Molly
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Beautiful snowy scenes and I love the eye lashes

Mollyxxx

corinnevail
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Lucky you! Winter = snow, at least for me. We have a little snow around here, but I could use much, much more! Lovely shots!

bettyl - NZ
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What lovely winter scenes! I like to see snow (in photos) and the ‘natural mascara’ is wonderful!! I do like the trains, too.

Pierced Wonderings
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Brrrrrrr! I have to say that my blood has gotten a bit thin, living down here in the south. The cold used to not bother me much but the longer I don’t have to deal with it, the worse it is for me. I’m getting weak in my old age lol! I’m glad you were able to be home with family for the holidays! Thank you for sharing with us at Photo Friday!

Tanja
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wow! So much snow! #travel photo thursday

thewordhermit
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Wow, and I thought Vermont was cold. Even the photos seem icy…
We haven’t had any snow yet this year – very atypical. Things are much more fun when the cold and snow go hand in hand!

Joyce
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Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photos of Kapuskasing. This is my hometown. I left when I was 18. I haven’t been back in over 20 years but will definitely go back. Much has changed as I can see from your photos.

Cath
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It was really special to visit your hometown along with you as the guide. I love the canadian mascara….and that tree covered in snow is very pretty as snow is….until, as you say, you have to be out in it for long periods of time.

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Ruth
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Oh wow! I didn’t know you are from Canada. That photo of your friend is crazy. I have no desire to experience that type of weather. I find it funny that the name of your town sounds more Japanese than many towns in Japan.

budgettraveltalk
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I haven’t. I live in Tropical North Queensland where winter day time temperatures are in the 20’s Celsius and nights might get down to 8. I can’t imagine what -40 would be like. I don’t think I would like it.

shailmelanie@yahoo.com
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shailmelanie@yahoo.com

Wonderful pictures and history of our hometown Becky:) I can’t wait to bring Logan and also see the many changes since I was last there (almost 13 years)!! All the best in 2016:)

stephanie@stephsjoy
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Oh it sounds soo cold, but so beautiful too! Hope you had a great Christmas becky! I love your friend’s natural mascara!

Brooke of Passport Couture
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Your photo of the snow in the trees is my favorite in this collection. Your photos reminded me that I need to get out and take some pictures of the snow, since it’s just as beautiful and interesting as the summertime!

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