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Pedestrians make their way down an Ottawa street after the first major snow storm on Nov. 27, 2013. The city received over 20cm of snow.  (Dave Chan/The Globe and Mail)

Pedestrians make their way down an Ottawa street after the first major snow storm on Nov. 27, 2013. The city received over 20cm of snow. 

(Dave Chan/The Globe and Mail)

Wonder, excitement as Eastern Canada awakens to wintry morning Add to ...

It's been 478 years since the French explorer Jacques Cartier decided to spend the winter in present-day Quebec and discovered that he and his men were unprepared for the snow and the cold.

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