Canada is a land of ice and snow, right? Yes indeedy. This idea — so central to our national identity — was perfectly captured in québecois singer Gilles Vigneault’s 1964 song, Mon Pays. The famous opening line goes like this: Mon pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver. (My country is not a country, it’s winter.)
Well, not this year.
The so-called “winter” of 2011/2012 has been the strangest I can remember. I don’t believe we can call it a winter at all — we’ve somehow managed to skip an entire season. There’s been virtually no snow.
Even the storm warning Environment Canada issued Thursday night was a bust. They predicted 10-15 cm of snow overnight, with another 5-10 cm accumulating on Friday. When I woke up Friday morning, I looked out the window to see… gentle rainfall. Are you kidding me? School buses were cancelled for this?
Last year I posted a video chronicling the first big snowfall of 2011. I wanted to do the same this year, but because Mother Nature hasn’t been cooperating, I’ll have to make do with this footage, shot several weeks ago when I was trying out my new iPhone.
Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you 2012: The Winter that Wasn’t.