Saturday, February 5, 2011

Snow Plow

Snow Plow, originally uploaded by susanvg.
Snow clearance in Montreal takes several steps. First signs are posted warning you not to park. Then tow trucks come around honking their horns near any cars that are parked on the side where snow clearance is about to happen. If you don't move your car, you will get a ticket and the car will be towed. Next step - the plows (large ones on the street and smaller ones on the sidewalk) move the snow into on line. Snow blowers then blow the snow into large trucks which truck the snow away. It can take up to about five days to clear the whole city.

When I was young, snow blowers used to blow the snow onto our lawn. As winter went on, the snow mountain grew. I remember feeling like a mountain climber when I got to the top, but by adult standards, it was not that high - perhaps six feet.


  1. Well, we haven't seen these guys too much this year but I remember the year we bought the house. When we came to see it in March we couldn't see anything but the roof from the front.

  2. Interesting comparisons about the procedure of clearing a city of snow. I think we can keep our cars parked along the streets, but will have to check on that.
    The snow mountains this winter are amazingly high over here! Kids love it! I remember from childhood that we used to make tunnels and huts inside the mountains in our yard, and have picnics there - hot chocolate and sandwiches.

  3. Believe me, we are definitely on friendly terms with our snow plowers this winter! Nice night shot, Susan.