22. The Eastern Canadian Blizzard

Photographer: City of Montreal

Year: March 1971

Location: Quebec & Ontario

Casualties: 20

People walking along deserted streets, even after they had been ploughed, illustrate the halting effects of the 1971 blizzard that struck Quebec and surrounding areas. Gathering almost 17 inches in Montreal, and up to 31 inches in higher altitudes in Quebec, it goes on record as the biggest single-day snowfall in the city's history. Power and transportation were cut off for days, but the thing that sealed its place as Quebec's Storm of the century was far worse: for the first time in 50 years, a Montreal Canadiens hockey game was postponed due to the weather.