Parliament Hill, Ottawa: New Year’s Eve celebrations ploughed through a blizzard. Nova Scotian innovative electro hip hop duo Radio Radio, Albertan country heart-lassoer Brett Kissel, and British Columbian global pop superstar Carly Rae Jepsen performed their hits on the nation’s center stage while performances from cities across the country were broadcast through the hosting duties of Newfoundland comedian Rick Mercer. Barbecues provided pockets of warmth while 10 to 15 cm of snow was deposited on the ground by gusting winds. In attendance was Canada’s athletic hero of 2016, 16-year-old Rio quadruple swimming medalist Penny Oleksiak. Security was tight and bags were searched. Rick Mercer’s toenail clippers were confiscated while tonnes of explosive pyrotechnics were piled up on a barge. Streets were closed and snowploughs were busy. When the toll of midnight hit the capital, candle bearing, tuque-clad enthusiasts huddled together and fireworks lit up the night sky over the Peace Tower ushering in Canada’s sesquicentennial year. A few photos below.