Wintry weather in Central Canada disrupts travel plans
Published Friday, December 21, 2012 6:55PM AST
The weather may not be frightful in the Maritimes, but heavy snow, rain and wind in Ontario and Quebec are disrupting travel plans for many Maritimers.
Airport employees are suggesting travellers call the airline beforehand to find out what they will be facing upon arrival at the airport.
“We may see more delays later on today and possibly into tomorrow as the storm unravels in the Ontario-Quebec area,” said Jennifer Delorey of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
Jason Green, 10, is headed for Toronto to visit family for Christmas. It has been snowing there since Thursday, but his family only experienced a slight delay Friday.
“I have sat here for many hours before,” said the boy’s father, Colin Green. “The shopping is the frustrating part. This is not.”
Meanwhile, traveller Rebecca Smith was bound for Ottawa.
“Really snowy, it’s still falling. It's going to be interesting,” she said while waiting for her flight. “There was once when I was flying and got delayed for three days. That was a bad one, so this is nothing.”
Many travellers were crossing their fingers Friday, hoping their flights would leave on time, but not only airports are buzzing with activity; this is also one of the busiest weekends of the year on highways and at train stations.
A Via Rail employee says, with the exception of a few empty seats on Sunday, it will be difficult to get out of the Maritimes by rail until Boxing Day as nearly everything is booked.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Kayla Hounsell