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The spring thaw is normally well underway in eastern Canada by this time but this year the winter seems to be hanging on much longer with more cold and snow than normal.
This is how the Port Of Quebec looked back in January when temperatures dipped to -40 with the windchill factor.The large ship tied up at the port,caked in ice, is one of many that ply their way up the St.Lawrence Seaway each winter to take on huge loads of grain (wheat,corn and barly) destined for points all around the world.Smaller icebreaker ships (like Steeve's tugboat shot ), work all winter to keep the water open for the ships.
The port has one of the largest grain storage facilities in eastern North America with a storage capacity of 225,000 tonnes of grain as a holding place for shipments.
Each year the port handles over 2 million tonnes of grain being loaded onto ships like this.
In the background you can see Quebec City's large pulp and paper mill which Paul Leduc(zx11) posted earlier this winter.
Quebec City got about 20 cm of fresh snow overnight....just when we were thinking of tuning up our lawnmowers :-)

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