Selfie-takers flock to Cape Breton for towering snowbanks

Selfie-takers flock to Cape Breton for towering snowbanks
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Revealed Friday, January 11, 2019 7:01PM EST

If basketball famous person Stephen Curry had been to face on LeBron James’ shoulders, the 2 NBA gamers nonetheless wouldn’t be as tall as Nova Scotia’s tallest snowbanks.

On the northernmost tip of Cape Breton, snowbanks have been measured at 4 metres excessive – so tall that they obscure timber and create a tunnel-like driving expertise.

The towering partitions of snow have drawn loads of spectators to North Mountain, a distant stretch of land alongside the picturesque Cabot Path. Many have left their autos to take images of the wintry spectacle.

Amongst them was Jessica Martin, a vacationer visiting from Montreal.

“Taller than I’m, that’s for positive,” Martin instructed CTV Atlantic. “I’ve by no means seen that earlier than and we do get a number of snow in Montreal – a minimum of, I believed we did.”

The unusually tall formations had been created by a wide range of elements, together with heavy snowfall within the autumn.

The climate station at North Mountain studies 217 centimetres of snow on the bottom. For comparability, Sunshine Village – a well-liked ski resort within the Rocky Mountains – has a base snow depth of 151 centimetres.

All that snow has meant a troublesome winter for drivers within the area. Highways round Cape Breton Highlands Nationwide Park are intermittently closed because of blowing snow.

Typically, the situations are so poor that snowplows can’t be introduced in to clear the roads, in accordance with Parks Canada spokesperson Kelly Deveaux.

“When the highway is closed on North Mountain, we perceive that there are impacts. However when the visibility is so lowered that it poses a threat for the travelling public and our crews, we’re in a scenario the place we do have to shut the highway,” she stated.

Parks Canada is advising spectators to train warning when visiting the snowbanks. Guests are requested to not climb the snowbanks, and anybody who pulls over is requested to take action safely.


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