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The world has big rivers...and small rivers.This small river is named Riviere Chaude (translated Hot River)which spills into the larger Jacques Cartier River. The reason it got that name is because it never freezes over completely despite winter temperatures that can dip as low as -40 degrees.When the first settlers heard this from the native Indians they were incredulous,saying no water could possibly remain open in Canada's bitterly cold winters.

Well the Indians were right.I go by the litttle river every morning and I always manage to see some open water after the mist has cleared.The overnight mist decorates all the alder bushes with crystal whiteness.
Now should I tell you why it never freezes?:-)...well it is quite simple,the river bed is fed by spring water that filters up from the ground below the river.Although the spring water is very cold it is warm enough coming from the ground to keep the ice from freezing over.It was -20 celcius on this day with ice on the edges....at -10 there is no ice at all.

Just to show you the seasonal contrast,click HERE to see the same spot wearing its autumn coat.

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Additional Photos by Derek Hill (quegardens) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 561 W: 267 N: 172] (1469)
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