10 Canadian winter scenes that went viral

In the wake of Ottawa's record-breaking snowfall, here is a look at 10 occasions when Canada's reputation as a land of ice and snow went viral.

Ottawa broke its nearly 70-year-old snowfall record on Tuesday

Photographer Michael H. Davies took this photo on the tundra outside Pangnirtung, Nunavut, just a few kilometres south of the Arctic Circle. It has nearly 87,000 views on Flickr. (Michael H. Davies)

Ottawa got 51.2 cm of snow Tuesday, the most since 1947.

The results are in and Environment Canada says Tuesday's snowfall in Ottawa is a record breaker. The previous single-day total was 40.6 centimetres.

In anticipation of the big dump, the Weather Network encouraged people to share their weather shots. Eric Dupere's time lapse video documented the record-breaking accumulation and became a Twitter hit.

The Nunavut tea toss that travelled around the world.

Photographer Michael H. Davies took the photo up top of Pangnirtung local Markus Siivola tossing a Thermos-full of hot tea into the fading light of a  –40 C December evening.  

The shot took off after Davies posted it to his Flickr page, where CBC North picked it up. Davis, who says he has had inquiries from around the world, also put this cool animation on his Facebook page.

No need for rose-coloured glasses in Iqaluit.

The staff in CBC North's Iqaluit office thought Jan. 13 was just another day, until Nick Murray looked out the window and noticed the sky had gone pink. He posted this photo on Facebook that rapidly took off.

CBC North meteorologist Ashley Brauweiler explained the phenomenon, which also made the sky appear purple, was a result of light scattering — where sunlight is reflected through particles in the atmosphere — most common around sunset.

Manitoba teens flip their way to 50,000 views.

Justin Bighetty and Anthony Francois, teenagers from the Pukatawagan First Nation in Manitoba, learned parkour by watching YouTube videos. Now a clip of their own, shot on a  –30 C day in January, has gone viral on Facebook.

This Manitoba DJ probably still can't feel his face (because it's really cold.)

Before The Weeknd's stirring performance of his hit Can't Feel My Faceat the Grammy Awards, Steinbach disc jockey Corny Rempel's rendition of the song went Manitoba-viral on YouTube with over 130,000 views. 

A snowy owl's blue steel gaze is still so hot right now.

The clip of an owl caught landing on a traffic camera, tweeted by Quebec's transport minister (Robert Poëti's initial tweet has been liked and retweeted over 5,500 times) flew around the world, catching the attention of everyone from the BBC to BuzzFeed. It's been viewed over 14.5 million times on the CBC News Facebook page.

That time TRK Towing #goterdone when a truck went through the ice.

In December, drivers were being warned to drive carefully on Saskatchewan lakes after this pickup, which was being driven to an ice fishing tournament, plunged through the ice at Regina Beach, where it remained frozen for days. A towing company posted this popular album on Facebook. On Feb. 11, it happened again. 

TRK Towing made a splash online when it posted pictures of this pickup truck recovery on Last Mountain Lake, near Regina Beach, in Saskatchewan. (Adam Hunter/CBC)

The Lake Erie ice car is a cautionary tale.

While technically not in Canada, this frozen Mitsubishi Lancer, across the lake in Hamburg, N.Y., near Buffalo, is too good not to include. The car became encased as a result of lake-effect weather and became an international sensation after spending days locked in a parking lot. It even spawned its own Twitter account.

Dave Sandford's liquid mountains broke around the world.

This London, Ont., photographer spent hours submerged in Lake Erie in order to capture these stunning wave-scapes. He posted the pictures on the photo sharing site Bored Panda, where they were quickly picked up by news outlets and individuals on social media to the tune of hundreds of thousands of shares.

Meanwhile, in Toronto …


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