Snow Day in Toronto: the Day After a Big Storm

alley way in toronto after a snow storm

A week ago Monday, it began snowing in Toronto in the early morning hours and continued to do so, without a letting up for a moment, for the entire day and night.

When it was over, over 33 centimetres had fallen in the downtown part of the city in 24 hours. The last time there'd been this much in one day was over half a century ago, on January 23, 1966, when 37 centimetres fell in a single day.

To put it into perspective, we usually get a average of 122 centimetres a year, spread over 41 days -- that's about 3 centimetres per snow day. On Monday, January 28, 2019, we go over 10 times the average!

This is no big whoop for those living to the north, east and west of the city, as they always get more snow than we do ... I'm waving at my parents now, who live in Barrie, which one of Canada's 10 snowiest cities. Well, actually, we can't say the areas outside of the city "always" get more snow anymore, because on the 28th, Toronto was blessed with more than the surrounding areas, for the first time, in, maybe, ever.

That is all to say, that we got a shockingly large amount of snow here one day last week. Schools were closed, public transportation was in chaos, and motorists were asked to stay off the roads so snow plows could do their thing.

I bundled up the next day, and went for a walk to have a look at the aftermath, and to take some pictures ...

king street west toronto after a snowstorm

↑ King Street west, near Portland ↑

snowy king street west toronto winter
winter in canada toronto after a major snow fall
coffee shop under snow toronto
renovated historic homes in snowy toronto portland street
snowy streets toronto winter in canada
on portland street in toronto after a major snow storm
snowy street adelaide street west toronto
outdoor stairs in the snow toronto
fire hydrant in the snow toronto winter
adelaide street west toronto after a snow storm

↑ Looking east along Adelaide Street West, from Brant Street. ↑

a bench in the snow toronto in winter

↑ Into the little park called St. Andrews, on the north side of Adelaide St. W, west of Brant Street. ↑

st andrews park after a snow storm adelaide street west toronto
st andrews part adelaide street west and brant street toronto after a snow storm
winter sign
big snowfall in toronto winter 2019
historic buildings toronto adelaide street west near brant street after a snow storm winter in canada

↑ Across from the park stands one of my favourite old houses is on the corner there. It would have been built in the mid to late 1800s. Unfortunately, there's a big sign out front suggesting that it may soon be demolished and both these historic buildings replaced by yet another condo tower :( ↑

a favourite old house in toronto like ones lawren harris painted adelaide street west

This scene is so reminiscent of the snow filled paintings of downtown Toronto homes that Lawren Harris, created in the early 1900s ...

painting by lawren harris part of permanent collection ago toronto
lawren harris painting red house winter at ago exhibit curated by steve martin
grey day in town painting by lawren harris toronto showing at ago exhibit curated by steve martin

And, since we've looked at the recent snow situation on King Street West, this would be a good place to pop these cool historic photos of a snow storm that happened in Toronto 58 years ago. They're taken at the corner of King Street West near John Street -- the Esso Car Wash is on the site of today's TIFF Theatre.

While the storm depicted in these shots looks like it was massive, I can't find any reference to it on the web, so it must not have been a record breaker like the ones we've just had was.

toronto historic photograph snow storm 1961 king street west and john from city of toronto archives
toronto historic photograph snow storm 1961 waiting for streetcar from city of toronto archives
toronto historic photograph snow storm 1961 boy shoveling from city of toronto archives

Thank you for taking a look. xo loulou

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4 Responses to Snow Day in Toronto: the Day After a Big Storm

  1. Julie says:

    Oh, I love the parallel between the snowy weather and the Lawren Harris paintings, you are so right! I love the snow. :)

  2. henatayeb says:

    Look at all that snow! This is our first year in many where we still haven’t had a decent snow. It’s snowing right now.. but not much accumulation.
    Love those painting as well.

    • Loulou says:

      Hi Hena. Oh, I bet your boys enjoy a good snowfall! We had another big one today and I was lucky enough to be dressed appropriately and to be outside in a park in the middle of a blizzard, which was pretty neat to experience.

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