The River…

IMG_0639IMG_0640IMG_0641This morning early, after taking Little Miss to preschool and running a quick errand, Little Man and I stopped by the River Walk. We usually go there several times during winter, but with the weather we’ve had and the insane wind chill factor, we had avoided any place really that was unprotected. But with the warmer mornings, the sun so bright, the ice moving along at record speeds and the tide being almost at its highest point. I couldn’t pass it up. And rightly so, because it was majestic. Little Man sat in a trance, following the flowing icebergs down the river, watching the ships go by, crunching the ice with their bow. It was too amazing to keep to ourselves. So when 3pm came around, I picked up Little Miss early from school, loaded everyone into the car, drove downtown to pick up my hubby and after a short stop at our favorite café for dinner, we headed back. The 4 of us this time. IMG_0643 IMG_0644 IMG_0646 IMG_0654 IMG_0659 IMG_0660 IMG_0661 What a different sight it was : The tide was low this time, revealing cliffs of ice, massive chunks beached on the rocks, waiting for the water to come back and pick them up. In the heat of the day, some of the ice on the river had melted so the current itself was a bit less impressive, but those ice sheets, varying from white to grey to brilliant turquoise blue were breath-taking. As the kids had snow ball fights with their dad, I was left to wander the peer, thinking about how special this place is. I think it’s pretty obvious by my blog that I’m a nature lover. But, the reality of it is that I’m also a city dweller and city green (or in this case white) spaces have always been very special to me. It is very easy to get lost in the immensity of nature when you are fully surrounded by it. When everything around you is pristine, relatively untouched, away from the hustle and bustle, calm, peace, serenity, they all come to you. It is a much different experience when you are in the thick of the city, trying to connect with nature. But when I find myself struggling, wishing I lived a bit more in the country, in a quieter place, I try to remind myself of the precious nature of these natural urban spaces. I become aware of the intention behind them. Most city parks have been man-made. They have been planned, developed, proposed to city councils, probably refused multiple time. They have been fought over for urban development, for housing projects, for industrial exploitation. And yet here they are… being renegotiated every new municipal administration, every yearly budget. They fight for their reason for being, the health and peace of mind of the people who may only have these precious spaces to connect, for their children to connect. And when you think of all these things, how grand are these tiny jewels in the middle of the big city? So tonight I am so grateful to live in a city that decided to build a 2 mile River Walk along our beautiful St-Lawrence River instead of making BILLIONS selling this priceless view to real estate moguls. I’ve said it before and I will most likely say it again many time, but I’m so blessed to live in such an amazing place. Good night every one!

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About Yanic A.

Hello to all of you and thank you for stopping by! My name is Yanic. I'm a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother of 2 beautifully complex and unique children and a lover of all things inspiring. Having started a personal journey of self discovery when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago, I've since embraced a daily life of simpler pleasures and gratitude. As we get to know each other, you will know me as a quilter, a gardener, a Tao cultivator, a vegetarian foodie, a true believer in a healthy family life as being the secret to my happiness and hopefully as time goes on, a friend... I will try to share with you my days as they unfold, speaking of my happy successes without censoring my challenges, trying to make this blog a true portrait of the ever-changing path that I have chosen for myself. I'm hoping to find in these pages others to share with and learn from, bringing to light the absolute connection in all things and people, showing this world as being a true community.
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30 Responses to The River…

  1. They are amazing pictures. What a wonderful sight to sit and watch, I am not surprised that you returned to share it later in the day. I could sit and watch nature for hours too 🙂

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    • Yanic A. says:

      We were talking with an older couple walking on the peer last night and we all agreed that people that are very consumed by their hatred of winter miss out on a lot. With the bare nature of the landscape, you see so much more detail. Yes, do I get tired of winter a bit when Spring is at our doorstep, of course. But oh how I love this intense season of ours. PS : They had come back to take pictures of the ice as well!

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  2. Wow, reading your earlier posts and seeing pictures, I gathered your winter is tough, but seeing these frozen river banks and icebergs floating in the water… I was left speechless. I will complain less about our weather from now on 😀
    River walks are the best! Our city lies on two rivers and one nearest to our home is one of our favorite places. I, as well, sometimes dream of living in countryside, but there is beautiful nature secluded within the city, so we can have best of both worlds! 🙂

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  3. bitsofthepast says:

    Great thoughts! I must say that it looks so very cold! Your pictures made me want to get a blanket! Still with how cold it looks, the ice is beautiful!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      It was actually beautiful yesterday. High 30s/Low 40s… We just dress in full gear because we are “playing in the snow” kind of people. But we’ve been opening up our windows. The heat hasn’t come on in the house for days now. It truly is feeling like March now. I have much hope for April! 🙂

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  4. Andrea says:

    Beautiful! And how wonderful, indeed, that someone had the foresight and fortitude to protect such a space for nature and public recreation. And melting ice!! Such a good sight this time of year!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you. And Oh yes it is! Those plates hitting the peer felt like the whole thing was going to wash away. I’ve always loved the moving ice on the river.

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  5. What a beautiful spot for a walk. Love the ice, it reminds me that we need to take a trip to the lake to see the break up of the ice volcanoes…although we might be a bit late. Let’s hope not.

    Hope you guys had a lovely day. xo

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  6. kathrynpagano says:

    The first word to enter my head when I saw the picture of you wrapped up in layers was “Ghaa!” You live at the north pole surely! 🙂 I am so ingrained in warm weather already it’s hard imagine you have ice and snow still!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      I had a picture in my head of you at your desk screaming Ghaa! LOL! Made me laugh out loud. But just so you don’t feel too bad for us, it,s been gorgeous for 3 days straight and we’ve lost 12 inches already. It will be gone before you know it! Maybe I should do a before and after of the river when it,s all thawed and freed.

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  7. sandra says:

    what a wonderful nature… It is not enough cold here to see that kind of ice in the river..; so that’s magical for us to see it from you, thanks!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      You are welcome. So much about winter is beautiful and fascinating. I think we just all get desperate for the warmth when March arrives. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and saying hello. xo

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  8. Robin says:

    I’m glad to see the ice breaking up on the rivers here. No jams yet so no flooding. I’ve enjoyed snowshoeing but putting on wool pants, winter coat and heavy boots has gotten old. I hope spring arrives soon. Enjoy the weekend!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      I agree, same here. But being able to walk with just fingerless gloves and my coat opened has been amazing. Mid 40s here again today (3 days in a row) and we’ve lost so much snow already. My husband will even be able to start commuting by bike next week. The bike trails are cleared around the city. My husband on his bike = SPRING! 🙂

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  9. Carlin says:

    Oh my gosh, it looks cold!! How fortunate to have a river walk.. I struggle with some of the same sentiments here. Living in a more dense area just feels different in some ways. Love your pictures. Can’t wait to see the river walk in the summer!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      It’s so funny to hear that because it was actually a BEAUTIFUL warm evening… I guess after the winter we’ve had, anything above 0’C feels like summer right now. LOL! I will share pictures this summer for sure. It’s a beautiful place.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      I think so as well… The “forming” early on happens so quickly, you don’t really see it until it is there. But the melting, it’s a beautiful thing to watch!

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  10. I don’t think I’ve every actually seen such a sight. Growing up on Lake Champlain, it was big enough and slow moving enough that there was a lot less breaking up and a lot more sinking. What a magical thing to share together as a family. And thanks, of course, for sharing with us!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      It’s true, between the huge cargo ships, the ice-breakers and the tides, the river is never still. It,s amazing to watch. I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. One of our favorite things to do in winter is to take the ferry across the river and then we stand on the ship’s bridge, leaning over the side and watch the ice get pushed down under in the most resounding crash. Feels like the whole bow will break apart. Ice versus metal… it’s a rush!

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  11. sally says:

    Majestic is just the right word, what a great place to be able to visit. And your words about cities are very true, and I think probably not said enough, so thank you.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      You are welcome. We are not all so lucky as to live in cities that put so much importance in green spaces, but I am. And for that I’m very lucky indeed! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the pictures.

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