When we think of terrible winter weather we often think about the more northern parts of Canada like the territories or even places like Quebec, Saskatchewan and Manitoba that are known for having colder temperatures. It turns out though that none of those places had the most terrible winter, at least not according to one Environment Canada senior climatologist. Instead, an Ontario city just won the unofficial award for having the worst winter in all of Canada this year. 

The city in question here is none other than Canada's capital city, Ottawa. According to Dave Phillips, who is a senior climatologist at Environment Canada, Ottawa had the worst winter in all of Canada. He even told the Ottawa Morning show that "If I was awarding the gold medal for winter misery I think it would go to Ottawa."

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He went on to say that this was because in Ottawa they dealt with everything this winter. Whether it was extreme cold, freezing rain and ice pellets, or heavy snowfalls, Ottawa had it all. In fact, when it comes to snowfalls specifically the city had over 50% more snow this year than they normally get in the winter. The best thing about Ottawa's crazy winter though is that it was all documented online. 

First, there's the snow. 

One way to prevent soliciting. #notshovelling #ottawasnow pic.twitter.com/VontCEsw8d

February 1, 2019

Craziness! #snowstorm #ottawasnow pic.twitter.com/yQ6tyHDCVx

February 13, 2019

When the snow banks are taller then my car. This picture sums up the winter season in Ottawa #ottawasnow #lotsofsnow #ottawainwinter #nomoreroomforsnow @ Manotick https://t.co/V0pS7BgBYs

February 26, 2019

Then the ice. 

“Walking” is real fun today #ottweather pic.twitter.com/NhAgEplInS

February 24, 2019

Omg Ottawa. Roads are like skating rinks. #ottweather

February 24, 2019

Then there's the flooding. 

Anyone wanna go swimming? #ottstorm #OttWeather #ottwx pic.twitter.com/92UiGj9liB

February 24, 2019

Retweet if you are swimming to work tomorrow.#OttWeather pic.twitter.com/kdOIOiILaE

February 25, 2019

A look at some of the flooded streets in Barrhaven today. If you’re walking anywhere, wear rubber boots! @barrhavenindy #ottnews #ottweather #MyBarrhaven pic.twitter.com/PXrlhNz76p

February 24, 2019

Even the wind was bad. 

Heavy winds and waste/recycling day are bad combination ⁦@ottawacity#ottweather pic.twitter.com/td9gOJXLYV

February 25, 2019

I just got pushed off the sidewalk by the wind and this guy actually stopped to hang onto a light post - wtf is happening #ottweather

February 25, 2019

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All those Tweets are pretty recent too but it's a snapshot of reality since the season as a whole has been even worse. To sum it all up, if you endured this past Ottawa winter you all deserve a medal. 

Disclaimer: Cover photo used for illustrative purposes only.