Sunday Evening Reflection – Canada in Winter

Canadian winters are legendary.  Think Snowmageddon St. John’s Newfoundland this past weekend and Edmonton, Alberta’s coldest morning of this century: Wednesday morning (January 15, 2020) when the temperature set a record  of – 37.8 degrees Celsius.  I grew up in Northern Manitoba where the average temperature in January is considered “severely cold.”  So, when Vancouver had a winter storm warning this past week, it felt like we had joined the rest of Canada.

I love our winters – the snow, cold air, the fresh smell.  Yes, I can smell when snow is in the forecast.

Canadians know how to embrace the cold!

  • Buy boots with removable liners and be sure that your feet don’t feel cramped.
  • Wear a hat and cover your face. I learned firsthand what it felt like to have frozen cheeks.
  • Buy a thermos so that you can bring along a hot drink if you are walking. You will notice that I have a stash of regular and herbal tea on hand in winter months.
  • Protect your hands. While I love gloves, mittens are even better for keeping your fingers warm.
  • And if you are in cold, cold, cold weather, check out those fashionable fleeced-line leggings. Your legs will thank you.

Vancouver’s snow is disappearing with the rain, but I captured the moment.  Join me on my snow walk.

19 Comments

  1. Gallivanta says:

    I am glad you can enjoy the snow, minus a snowmageddon.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      What a snowstorm they had in Newfoundland. Snow as high as a doorsill. Walking in that snowfall would have been quite an adventure. This is when you must stay inside.

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  2. Lovely! We awoke to four inches of new-fallen snow yesterday.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Isn’t it beautiful to see the snow from a winter before dressing warm and stepping out into the crisp air. I love seeing snow before any human footprint have made the first step.

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      1. I know exactly what you mean. It’s as though the world as been created anew, just for me!

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      2. Clanmother says:

        Yes!! Yes!!! Yes!!! Your reminded me of this poem.

        “Snow was falling,
        so much like stars
        filling the dark trees
        that one could easily imagine
        its reason for being was nothing more
        than prettiness.”
        Mary Oliver

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      3. Trust Mary Oliver to express the experience in just the perfect way!

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  3. J.D. Riso says:

    I live in northern Michigan, so I know how it is to have a real winter. Thank you for the delightful walk!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      You live in a beautiful place, close to the heartbeat of nature. Thank you for joining me on my walk – I enjoy our conversations, and sharing quiet moments.

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  4. Mary Jo Malo says:

    What a lovely walk. The music you chose has the perfect blend of joy and a slight foreboding of the dangers hidden in all that beauty. I love the change of seasons, for in them we can sense eternity. Stay warm!!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I share your love of seasons, which speak of diversity and variability, of time passing and of events that belong to time. From New Year to May Day, to Solstice, we celebrate our days and years. I have just subscribed to Days of the Year and have been amazed by the type of festivities that are “out there” For example, today is Disc Jockey Day – those who provide the music at our parties and celebrations. I will stay warm. The rain has come and the snow has decided to go east…. Hugs!

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  5. Welcome to My World says:

    A lovely walk in the snow and some good advice too, Rebecca. We haven’t had any snow yet here in North Wales but I am hoping to get some photos this Winter.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I look forward to seeing your photos!!! Your weather is very much like ours so when the snow comes, we need to act swiftly.

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  6. Jean-Jacques says:

    You are absolutely right as to the beauty, that is reflected in those sheets of snow white that decorates nature thru winter’s hold, thus so to offer the enchanting visions of your pictures and vioeo … Well done as usual, Rebecca !
    Though I must admit that the charm must be wearing rather thin in Newfoundland, due to that horrific snow fall and storm they’ve just experienced…

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    1. Clanmother says:

      What a snowstorm in St. John’s – yes the charm would be wearing very thin. Reminds me of how we define an “adventure” Adventure are dangerous, perilous – not a vacation as we sometimes think they are. So when we want adventures, we better know what will be coming. Adventures are the best when you can sit by a cozy fire and recount the noble deeds after you come home safely. My favourite thought on “adventures” comes from Bilbo and Gandalf’s conversation from The Hobbit: “I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.’
      I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

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  7. Resa says:

    Happy Belated Hat Day!
    It’s white and beautiful on your walk. I’m glad it’s raining, before the snow turns brown and grey, like here. LOL! Hugs!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      The rain has come in full force and the snow has disappeared with a resounding whoosh. Just spoke with my brother, Brian in Edmonton area. They are under snow, but have recovered from the bitter chill of -41C. Canada is all about adventures and strong and resilient people. Thanks for joining the walk. Hugs.

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  8. Winter is long here. My Latvians say they haven’t had any snow yet. Canadian winter is probably what I do not enjoy that much.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Canadian winters are cold. When I lived in Northern Manitoba, I would walk about 3/4 of a mile in -40 F. When it was -10 F, we knew that spring was around the corner. I remember a huge snowfall in June. Now, I live in Vancouver, which is a milder climate. But at times, I miss the north and the marvelous adventures we had in the winter months. Thank you for your visit – very much appreciated.

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