Mother Nature heaped more than 50 centimetres of snow on Ottawa on Tuesday, leaving many people in the lurch as they tried to get home.

A storm can easily bring out the worst in us, as we just want to collapse and make snow angels.

It can also bring out the best in us, as we lend a helping hand to those in need of an extra shovel or push.

Cue Hero by Enrique Iglesias, but the snow version.

Snowplow operators came to the rescue.

Neighbours cleared several driveways (and more).

Taxi drivers went the extra mile.

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Bill Aikman clears snow Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 from in front of his neighbour's house as he digs out from a winter storm in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Spouses, relatives went several extra miles.

Strangers, colleagues and superintendents lent a helping hand.

This stranger filmed himself clearing off people's vehicles in downtown Ottawa.

OC Transpo, Para Transpo drove so residents wouldn't have to