Just how cold was this past winter in the Ottawa area?

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This past winter was so cold our buried water pipe running between the lake and our cottage froze in Ompah, Ontario.  This has never happened before and the cottage was built way back in 1972.  Apparently the frost line was deeper than normal for this area of Canada this winter.  Digging down to find the buried water pipe, we found the ground frozen solid six feet down!  Fortunately, the soil at the cottage is sandy rather than full of clay as it is here in Kanata, although it was still a big job.  The pipe was rerouted so it no longer goes under the covered patio, but instead will be snow covered for better insulation in winters to come.

The good news is we had planned (eventually) to rebuild the patio, so the frozen pipe turned out to be motivation to start the patio project…

16 thoughts on “Just how cold was this past winter in the Ottawa area?

  1. Strange, huh? I heard of people who frozen pipes late into the spring for that same reason. Even though the air had warmed up, the ground was still frozen.
    May we not have another relentless deep freeze of a winter any time soon . . .

  2. thanks, unfortunately slight delay as my husband fell into the hole he had dug for the footings and hurt his back!

  3. apparently the fact that it had warmed up then got cold again had something to do with it. We were told to keep our water running at home when these freeze/thaw cycles were happening, right up to the end of April!!

  4. well, the hole was dug to reroute the frozen pipes (center top pic) so we figured we might as well continue LOL

  5. we don’t leave it running during the winter, just has never not started right up in the spring before. We thought we had a leak, but when dug down found everything still frozen solid!

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