Victoria Day

Named in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday, this is generally the first snow free long weekend of the year  across all of Canada and it also marks the unofficial beginning of summer.  Although this year things are still looking a little chilly in Saskatchewan while we are in the midst of a 90+F heat wave in southern Ontario.  Cottages are opened for the summer, gardens are planted at home and those with RVs head for campgrounds.  Camp Hither Hills was pretty busy this weekend.  Even the 3 other 50 amp sites next to us were occupied this weekend.  The weather has been gorgeous.  Hot and sunny for the most part and, until today at least, very little humidity.   Today, we have 86F with high humidity and we’ll be in the 90sF starting tomorrow.  
Something that strikes me as funny though, is that Canadian TV weather forecasters do not as a rule, refer to this warm or hot moist air as “American Air” from the southern USA.  It’s just warmer air from the south, where warmer air generally happens to originate.  So why then while we are snowbirding in the southern USA during the winter months, do USA TV weather forecasters seem to refer to a blast of cold arctic air as “Canadian Air”, like it belongs to us or something?  We don’t own the cold air.  Although, I suppose we do generate quite a bit of hot air in Ottawa….politics you know…..!
We went for a nice hike this morning along one of our favourite green belt trails in east end Ottawa at Mer Bleu. on Anderson Road.  The shaded trail was a welcome relief from a sun that was blistering at times.  I can’t remember the last time we hiked in such humidity.  Thankfully, we had lots of water with us.  A couple of photos taken along the trail are shown here.  That’s Chris trying to blow on the dandelion, but the seed pods weren’t quite ready to take flight.
We have booked our ferry ride from St John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia.  Planning to leave Ottawa for points east on Thursday of this week.  Only 2 medical checkups and a quick trip back to the dentist, for someone who hates dentists but shall remain nameless.  And no, it isn’t me.


  1. Mark and Chris May 26, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    A little heat is alright but we have been over 40C with the humidity for the last three days. Starting to wilt just a little. Hoping some thunderstorms tonight will cool things off nicely. On the road east tomorrow. Thanks for popping by. I'm following you now too. My brother lives up the road from you in Mill Bay.

  2. Rick and Paulette May 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    Hi, just found your blog this morning – it's great! Nice to see another Canadian blogger too. You guys back east are sure having a heat wave and I'll bet it's quite welcome after the long winter. I'll be adding your blog to my sidebar of Blogs I Follow, o.k.

  3. Mark and Chris May 24, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    Thanks for popping by. We get those darn Alberta clippers in Ontario too. To be fair though, we do hear about the odd Colorado low from time to time, but I always thought that referred to their NHL hockey team not cold air. ;) Just kidding. Of course after tonight there won't be any Canadian hockey teams left in the NHL playoffs anyway. Go Chicago Blackhawks! Now where would we be without political hot air……?

  4. Sam&Donna Weibel May 24, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    Around the Midwest we always ask for the last snowbird to leave Alberta to make sure and shut the door behind them. We get what the forecasters here call Alberta Clippers, which is the jet stream dipping down sometimes as far as Texas with really cold air. But your right about American Hot air. I hear the Washington DC area is loaded with it so that might be where some of it is sent your way from. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.