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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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46 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Winter in My Hometown – Kapuskasing

  1. 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 which your photo’s captured. On your next trip don’t forget to stop by Remi Lake to see the improvements to the park. We were impressed. We spent our childhood summers at that provincial park so it was great to see the work the volunteers have put into its upkeep. Thanks for showcasing our hometown once again.

    1. Becky Post author

      Thank you so much! It’s always nice to meet a fellow Kapite. 😀

      I haven’t been to Remi Lake since elementary school! That’ll be interesting to see. I used to go with my grandparents in their boat with other relatives too, and we always had a blast. Those were the days. 😀

      Thanks again for visiting and for your kind words. I hope you like my other posts, too. 😀

  2. Sharon

    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

    1. Becky Post author

      Nice to meet another person from Kap! 😀 Living in BC must be great, but going back to Kap now and then during winter must be a shock after staying in Arizona. Wow! 😀

    1. Becky Post author

      I’m so glad to hear that this post brought a smile to your face! 😀 Thanks for visiting, commenting, and subscribing! 😀

      If you ever have any suggestions or requests, don’t be shy to give me a shout. 😀

  3. Sadie

    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!

    1. Becky Post author

      Thanks! 😀 I know what you mean about not missing snow; where I am in Japan, I can bike all year round. Plus, I HATE shovelling! It’s so beautiful, and Christmas isn’t Christmas without lots of snow.

      Chibi is super sweet and so cuddly…thanks! It’s so hard to get a good shot of him because he’s black. I miss him to pieces.

  4. InsideJourneys

    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″ of snow. And no one plugged in their cars!
    Hope you had a good visit home, Becky. Happy New Year and many happy travels in 2016!

    1. Becky Post author

      I completely understand your surprise! 😀 People in my neck of Japan go on about how cold it is just because of a teensy bit of condensation…lol!

      I totally understand your counsin’s pain. Part of being Canadian is getting your lips or tongue stuck to something metallic in the winter at some point in your life…lol! 😀

      I had a great visit home, thanks! 😀 Happy New Year to you too, and I can’t wait for this year’s adventures. All the best to you and your travels too! 😀

    1. Becky Post author

      I can’t imagine growing up in Arizona, but dry heat certainly is much better than Japan’s 100% humidity.

      I find extreme cold to be easier for survival since it’s so much easier to warm up than it is to cool off. What do you think?

    1. Becky Post author

      Thank you so much, Molly! I’m glad you love the eyelashes and the beautiful snow! 😀

      Thanks for visiting and commenting, and I hope you come visit again! 😀

    1. Becky Post author

      Thank you so much!

      I totally agree! Winter = snow, and not just one random snowfall or snow that melts the split second it hits the ground. Where I am in Japan, people don’t know what winter really is…lol! I could use as much snow as possible as long as I don’t have to shovel. 😀

      1. corinnevail

        Becky, I was just in Japan for the holidays and you are right, where we were there wasn’t any snow except in the mountains when we visited the snow monkeys. However, I used to live in northern Japan and they would get over 200 inches per year! Happy New Year and thanks for linking up with Weekend Travel Inspiration. I hope we see some of your gorgeous photos each week!

        1. Becky Post author

          Happy New Year to you too, and thanks for hosting!

          Just out of curiosity, where did you live in northern Japan? When and how long did you live there? 😀

  5. Pierced Wonderings

    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!

    1. Becky Post author

      I completely understand about it getting harder to handle the cold. Every time I go back in winter, it’s harder than the last.

      Thanks for hosting and visiting every week! 😀

    1. Becky Post author

      I wish I had more photos of how high the snow can get in your yard. 😀 Often by mid-winter, you can barely see the hedges at the end of the yard…lol. 😀

  6. thewordhermit

    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!

    1. Becky Post author

      You’re absolutely right – things are much more fun when cold and snow go hand in hand. 😀

      How cold is a typical Vermont winter?

  7. Joyce

    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.

    1. Becky Post author

      Over 20 years?! Wow! I make it back every couple of years, and I always notice changes, so I can only imagine the shock after over two decades.

      I hope you make it back this year, and thanks for visiting and commenting! 😀

  8. Cath

    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.

    1. Becky Post author

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. 😀

      Being outside during/after a snowfall isn’t that cold though. When it’s -40, it’s too cold to snow. Just after it snows, it’s perfect for a snowball fight! 😀

  9. Ruth

    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.

  10. budgettraveltalk

    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.

    1. Becky Post author

      It would be quite a shock, but if you’re dressed properly and not outside for too long, it’s not too bad. Of course, you have to worry about making sure that your car will start…lol! At -40, people don’t generally go out unless they have to.

      However, if I ever have a choice between bouling hot or freezing cold, I’ll take the cold. You can put on all the clothes and blankets you want, but once you’re sweating, you need a shower…lol! It’s so much easier and more comfortable to warm up than it is to cool off. 😀

  11. 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:)

    1. Becky Post author

      I’m so glad to hear that a Kapuskasing native enjoyed this post! 😀 Every time I visit, I notice changes, although they’re mostly about stores/businesses. You’ll be surprised. Of course, some things never change.

      I hope you make it back with Logan this summer! 😀

      1. shailmelanie@yahoo.com

        If not the long weekend in May, will do the long weekend in August and show Logan Northern Ontario and perhaps even get him fishing:)

        1. Becky Post author

          Either one sounds great, but too bad that you won’t be able to make it for the Lumberjack Festival. Don’t forget to bring lots of bug dope for Logan…lol! I’m sure he’ll have a great time seeing where his mom is from. 😀

    1. Becky Post author

      It was a fantastic Christmas, thanks! 😀 I hope you had a great holiday too!

      If you want your own Canadian mascara, just go outside for a bit when it’s 40 below. 😀

    1. Becky Post author

      Thanks! The origibal is wuite a bit bigger, but the largest photo I can upload is only 2MB. :(.

      I’m happy that you enjoyed this little collection. The snow really is beautiful, except when you have to shovel…lol! I rarely see snow anymore, so I was so happy to get out and freeze for a bit.

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