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.