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Fairview’s returning Canada geese take the winter snow in their stride

Canada geese preserving lawn order amid the winter chaos, in the 1200 block of 11th Avenue, late Friday afternoon.

I’m glad they’re back but I wonder how all the Canada geese who returned—amid much honking—to Vancouver’s Fairview neighbourhood in early January feel. They must be kicking themselves for jumping the gun.

They’re not snow geese after all!

Despite the early signs of spring being snowed under, the geese are managing.

However, on Friday (February 15th) I found a pair of them languidly cropping the exposed patches of an otherwise snow-covered lawn fronting an apartment building in the 1200 block of 11th Avenue.

And I have to say that they didn’t look the least bit put out as they pecked and waded through the few centimetres of sudden winter snow that was covering any signs of an early spring, which may have drawn them back to the area.

I should have remembered that Canada geese, if not entirely unflappable, are not the sort of bird to get their feathers ruffled over a little bit of snow. Read more…

Threat of more snow rains on binner parade back to the alleys

An icy alley in the 1100 block off West Broadway at 7:20 a.m.

It’s snowing again.

The welcome forecast of rain this Valentine’s Day changed at around noon to another five to 10 centimetres of snow, beginning in the late afternoon and segueing to icy—if not freezing—rain overnight.

This is the worst news for the city’s army of binners and dumpster divers. They really needed the rain to help wash away the snow in the back alleys.

Instead the snow is getting reinforcements. Read more…

Day four of the snow-vasion in Fairview

Avalanche warning. One of many snow-laden awnings in the 1400 block of West Broadway at 9:24 a.m.

As Vancouver trudges, slides, spins-out, falls and otherwise grudgingly enters the fourth day of its winter bondage (February 13), I am reminded of the Hunger Games film series—both for its interminable length and story line.

Snow all the way down. A building manager shovels in the 1300 block of West Broadway at 7:39 a.m.

Specifically I’m thinking of the way that the people of Pan-Am, er, Panem finally rose up and threw off the despotic reign of—oh…who was it again? Oh yes. The evil President SNOW!

Even the dogs are pooped! Picking up after a pooch on Spruce Street at 7:24 a.m.

Ironically, only good, old-fashioned rain will end the reign of “President Snow” in Vancouver. And that, we are told is coming to our rescue any day now.

And though this will only mean trading one unwelcome guest for another, the snow has so overstayed its welcome that it must go—and take its disagreeably cold and unfamiliar ways with it!

Rain, at least, is a devil that we all know and know how to get along with. Click the images to enlarge them.

Wump! Evidence of more snowfall at 10:25 a.m.

What to say about the snow after three days—except go away!

One of the majority of trolley buses that have not been disabled by the snow, seen getting ready to depart the 1400 block of West Broadway on Monday at 9:04 p.m.

It’s Tuesday evening: day three of Vancouver’s winter wonderland (February 12th) and I for one wish that the snow on the side streets was wearing as thin as the novelty of the snow itself. Instead, more of the stuff is falling!

It’s reportedly 0°C here at 9:30 p.m. (“but it feels like -4°”) and we may be looking at anther 2-4 cm of snow. Sigh. Read more…

Winter paints the town white as a blizzard of wind and snow hits

At 4:40 p.m. an elderly homeless person pushes his shopping cart through the blowing snow along West Broadway Avenue, under the momentary shelter of an awning in the 1400 block.

Slip-sliding cars, disabled trolley buses, abandoned Mobi bike share bicycles, people skiing down West Broadway Avenue—that can only mean more snow!

As a trolley bus sits disabled by the curb, at just after 5 p.m., a person (one of two) can be seen cross-country skiing eastbound on the sidewalk of West Broadway Avenue.

And indeed, on Sunday (February 10th), the snow was back in Vancouver and not just for an afternoon. This time it fell in the kind of appalling quantity and duration that means it could stick around for days! Read more…

Sudden snow, a plow and how!

Snow falling thick and fast on Broadway and Granville at 12:35 p.m.

“The snow is raining!”

That was how one of the staff in the 1400 block West Broadway Avenue McDonald’s reacted to the thick snow flurries at 12:30 p.m., February 8th.

At 12:31 p.m. the intensity of the snow fall was still building.

The lunch hour flurries actually lasted less than an hour; starting small, at just after 12 noon, growing in intensity for half an hour and then petering out by 12:45 p.m. Read more…