Winter, you say?
Yes, winter. While most of the Lovecats have just made it through summer, I’ve survived my first Canadian winter…snow and all.
I feel there should be a t-shirt this.
|Screen cap from my phone on a very cold day|
Any Canadians we meet love to tell my husband and I how brutal the winter is here. We got a lot of ‘what the hell were you thinking?’ comments when explaining our decision to relocate. I have to admit, when the temperature outside had a wind-chill of -42 celcius, I started to question my sanity in leaving a place where ‘cold’ meant 7 or 8 degrees.
However, now that spring has sprung I can honestly say I’m glad I did it. And you know what, I like the snow (mainly because I live somewhere that doesn’t require me to shovel it).
The snow, while it’s falling, is magical. I’d seen snow once before I came to Canada, and it was already on the ground. Watching fluffy fat flakes drift down from the sky for the first time is something all always remember.
What they don’t tell you: snow by the end of winter is gross. It gets piled up on the side of the road and turns to brown sludge. Who knew?
|A street near my apartment after 10cm+ snowfall|
Here are some fun facts about Canada:
- 15,500 of the worlds 25,000 polar bears live in Canada according to this infographic. I haven’t seen any yet.
- Also from that infographic: Canada has more lakes than all other countries combined!
- Canada is the second coldest country in the world if you look at the yearly temperature average, which is a chilly -3.6 C. Russia takes first place at -5.3 C. (source)
- According to Trip Advisor, Canada is approximately 9,984,670 sq. km and comprises of six time zones. It’s almost 30% larger than Australia and over 18 times the size of France.
- The ‘feels like’ temperature is really a thing. On cold days the wind can makes it feel even colder than it actually is. I.e. the temperature might read –22C on your thermometer, but the wind can make it feel like –32C on your skin.
Have you ever lived in a really cold place? Do you like snow?