Canada: A Survival Guide to Surviving Cold and Long Canadian Winters

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Why am I writing this???

Today, January 24, 2011, marks the day that our city has broken the record for the coldest day since 1970. Forty one years ago, the temperature was measured at -27.8oC(-18oF). This morning at 0500h, the temperature dipped to a bone chilling - 28.6oC (-19.5oF), and that is just the air temperature!! Factor in the wind chill, and we are now down at -37oC (-34oF)! I can say, it was a tad bit cold when I left for work.

Opening the outside door this morning, I was greeted with a blast of chilling cold air. For many, it's a terrible way to begin the morning. My car agreed as it moaned and started sluggishly.

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Winter and Psychology

Since we're on the topic of winter, it is during this season that I notice the "little things" that I would otherwise not notice. Beginning in September, our days begin to shorten. In another words, the sun rises a bit later and the sun sets a bit earlier each day until Winter Solstice comes and goes. It is noticeable each day -- you wake up at the same time, but the sky is a shade more gray until it remains a night sky. When you leave work, the sun has already set and the sky is dark gray. In my case, the sky remains a night sky when I leave for work and when I leave for home. Perhaps that is why I notice it so much.

Winter can bring an onslaught of mixed emotions and health issues.  With less exposure to the sun, we face potential vitamin D deficiency and the shortened days can bring on depression. How do I combat this? Vitamin D deficiency can easily be countered by taking supplements and exposing skin to natural, unblocked sunlight during the day. Bathing in the sun's rays is still the best way to get a good dose of vitamin D, though you must be careful to practice sun protection. This is important the higher in altitudes as it takes less time to become sunburned.

Depression can set in -- imagine not seeing the sun or bathing in its warmth day after day. I am a sun lover and without my daily dose of sunshine, I become, let's say, not very nice. Even when I'm in the office, I open my blinds to let the sunshine stream in. No matter how hectic the day, if I do this, everything seems manageable and achievable. On weekends, I'm up early and by the time the sun rises, I'm heading out the door to enjoy the warm rays while participating in many different forms of activities. Snowboarding, skiing, hiking, cross country skiing, biathlon competitions, walking, sledding, skating, playing street hockey and running are just a few winter activities that are common during the winter months.

I cannot stress how important it is to leave the house. Cabin fever sets in very quickly when you do not leave your house. Cabin fever happens when you stay within a confined space, such as your home, which results in a claustrophobic reaction.  Winter is a long season, and one cannot stay home bound. Even if the weather is cold and blustery, you have to bundle up and head out. A short 15 minute walk each day will ensure that you don't end up with cabin fever. The air, the socialization, the change in scenario, nature and the sun are all contributing factors for a healthy and enjoyable winter.  Being active also helps the months pass by quickly. 

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Winter and Beauty

Winter is not a humid season. The cold drains the moisture from the air as well as from your body. It is not uncommon to find your hands, face, scalp and lips chapped. The radiant beauty that one carries through warm and humid summers disappears once the temperature dips below zero.

Prevention is the key. Don't wait until your lips are chapped, cracked and bleeding. By then, you are in pain and it will take a lot more diligent dedication to healing yourself than it would have taken if you were only proactive. Your face -- nose, lips, eye area -- are exposed to the harsh winter elements like wind, driving snow, sun and the fabric that you brush on your face (mittens, gloves, scarves, wrap arounds). For your lips, a nourishing lip balm is a must. Burts Bees, Body Work's cold climate lip balms and Rawleigh's ointments are the best. They seal in the moisture, won't hurt you if you lick it off your lips and are highly portable. Don't leave home without one!

Eyes, cheeks and nose require special care too. A daily moisturizer is a must. Moisturizers come in different weights -- light, medium and heavy -- as well as with or without sun screen. Check with your dermatologist or cosmetologist to see which type and brand best suits your skin type and needs.

Winter winds and cold can be brutal on your hands. Not only can your skin dry, chap and crack, they become cold if not properly protected which can result in frostbite. What is frostbite?  Our cells in our bodies are composed of liquids, including water.  When your skin is exposed to extreme cold temperatures for a period of time, the liquid in the cell freezes.  Upon freezing, crystals are formed.  These crystals damage the cell membrane and damage to the cell and skin occur.  This can happen to any skin surface that is exposed to cold temperatures but the most common areas include nose, ears, fingers and toes as they are extremities.  The first signs of frostbite setting includes red, swollen and itchy skin.  If the area continues to e exposed to the cold, the swelling will continue.  Eventually, the area will turn a whitish color and then black if the area remains unprotected.    Frostbite can only be surgically removed.  In cases with severe frostbite, the appendage can become infected and it may possibly be amputated. Frostbite is serious and must be at the forefront of planning any activity outdoors.  With children, it is imperative that their skin and coverings be checked frequently as their body size and mass will not produce the amount of heat that an adult will, which results in the onset of frostbite much sooner than in an adult. 

The best way to help keep children's fingers warm are mittens as they keep the fingers in one area, allowing them to heat each other. Mittens range in size from infant to adult and styles are from plain to extremely fashioning. Mitts are recommended for hiking, walking, snowball fights, snowman building and skating.

For sports or activities that require finger dexterity, you can choose to purchase gloves. If you choose this route, look for gloves that are waterproof, windproof and have the proper weight of insulation for the activity. There is nothing worse than not feeling your fingers or not being able to use them when you need them because they have become too cold! A nifty little warmer can be dropped into the gloves (or socks or boots) to keep fingers and toes warm. They do work, but only for a short period of time. My experience has been that once the warmth has worn off, I feel colder than before I activated it simply due to the pronounced difference in temperatures.

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Keeping Warm

The goal of winter is to keep warm!  How to do this?  Begin with layers of clothing.  The layer next to the skin is called the base layer and it is this layer that retains your heat.  Choose a base layer that is made of natural fibres such as silk.  Silk is light, smooth, flexible and retains heat while wicking moisture away.  Cotton is also a good choice but tends to have the next layer "stick" to it.  Your base layer should consist of a top and a bottom and finished with socks that are of the appropriate weight for the activity and temperature.

The second layer should be another light layer made from natural fibres.  Cotton is preferred, as it helps retain heat and can absorb some of the moisture that is wicked from the silk.  This layer can be hidden or it can be used as part of the overall fashion statement. 

The outside layer is essential as it is the barrier between our bodies and the outside elements.  There are many designs, manufactures, grades, weights, and purposes for winter jackets, snow pants and boots.  I recommend that you choose windproof and waterproof ski jackets, snow pants and boots.  Remember that waterproof articles have sealed seams to ensure that water does not blow in, leak in or trickle in.  If the seams are not sealed, then the garmet will not be waterproof.  More than likely, it is only water resistant.  These are two different statements.  Read the tag carefully, and if you are not sure, make an inquiry to verify that it is waterproof.

Boots are a bit more tricky.  Look for thick rubberized soles with good grips.  Kodiak boots are the best as well as Cougars as they provide excellent traction while being waterproof, windproof and come in a variety of styles that appeal to the young and the grown ups.  Boots should have a liner that can come out for drying if they become wet (snow that has fallen in, body moisture or from being filled with snow during a snowball fight).  Boots can be made from synthetic materials, or natural materials such as wool shearling.  Wool is the best -- it is warm without heating your feat, wicks away moisture, dries instantly and is readily available.

The third, fourth and fifth layer should be heavier in weight and a style that you prefer.  They should be loose fitting, easily removed and portable.  As you perform your activity and your body heat rises, you will remove these layers one by one to maintain a constant and comfortable body temperature.

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Heat Loss and Hypothermia During Winter

Heat loss occurs everywhere on your body during every season.  In winter, we notice it more because it is cold and we are warm blooded animals.  There is a myth that we lose 40% of our body heat from the top of our head.  This is not true.

The amount of body heat that we lose is dependent upon exposed surface area.  For example, I would lose most of my heat from my body than I would from my head if my body was not covered.  My body has a greater amount of surface area than my head.  However, if I was completely bundled up from my nose down to my toes and no parts of my body were exposed to the cold except for my head, then my head would lose the majority of my body heat. 

Even though our head does not lose the majority of our body heat, it is still important to don a toque.  A toque is a special hat that is made to fit the head and is made of a material that will retain heat.  A toque can be made of natural materials, such as wool, or can be made from synthetic fibres.  When purchasing a toque, ensure that the toque provides adequate coverage, especially over the ears and forehead, it is lined so that the wind does not blow through the weaving, wearability, washability and weight.  Again, the toque should be of the appropriate weight for the activity that you are particpating in.

Ready, Set, Go!

Though it is already the end of January, I still have another 3 to 4 months of winter to enjoy.  Friends think that I am crazy for loving winter, but I really do because I am prepared for the cold.  And now, you can be too!

I'll be heading out again in a few hours -- the temperature has warmed up 2 degrees -- and the sun is shining bright!  Besides, there's nothing better than a cup of hot chocolate and warm chocolate chip cookies after being out in the cold!

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Winter Activities

Before I head off, I would like to propose some fun, adventurous, simple, unique and common winter activities that can be done on your own, with a group, with friends or with your family.  If you love dogs, dog sledding can be an adventure!  Or perhaps you would like to learn more about breeds of dogs that are hearty companions for the cold climate.  I suggest you read more on the Canadian Eskimo dog breed.  A fabulous, loyal and indigenous Canadian dog breed.

The winter biathlon is another great sport that combines endurance, strength, power and speed.  In the Nation's Capital, the annual Winter Triathlon is a competitive sport that is unique to the Canadian winter.  All children, and grown ups, love to build snow forts and have snow ball fights.  Frosty the Snowman lines many streets when it snows and he wears hats, carrot noses and buttons for eyes.  

One extremely cold winter, I took the kids outside and we cut ice from the surface of the frozen fields.  We carefully carried them, and built ice fortresses in the fields.  When the sun shone on the fortresses, there was a dazzlling display of rainbows.  As the sun warmed the snow, we made ice sculptures and snow sculptures.  We also had a terrific tabbogan hill and that entertained us on a daily basis.

Skating and ice hockey can be seen everywhere on this northern landscape.  In fact, ice hockey is Canada's national winter sport while lacrosse is Canada's national summer sport.  How cool is that? 

 Remember, this is a very short list of activities.  In fact, the list is as long as your creative imagination! 

Another Note....

Photography is another wonderful way to spend time in the outdoors.  Most of us think of photographing vacations, events, celebrations, family and friends during times of warmth.  Photgraphy during the winter months provides a canvas that produces images containing opposing elements.  Virgin snow carpeting a field while the sunshines on a day where the temperature dips below 25oC.  The warmth of the sun's rays melting the ice that has coated the branches of a tree.  The peacefulness of falling snowflakes as the wind whips around during a snowstorm.  Perhaps it's just the sheer joy on the faces of children who sport rosy cheeks while bundled up in winter gear.  I, along with my children, enjoy composing photos year round.  I encourage you to try this venture and capture your winter moments and freeze these memories in time.  For ten photography tips for composing fabulous photos, click the hyperlink.  Would you like to view some beautiful winter photos?  Fellow writer Timorous, has composed an article featuring winter photos that will bring a chill to your spine by capturing the beauty of a cold winter. 

© 2011 Beth100

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Beth100 3 months ago from Canada Author

Sweetstickyrainbo - Maybe I will become one of those snow geese! :)


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sweetstickyrainbo 24 months ago

Go to Florida! Works every time it's tried!


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Beth100 3 years ago from Canada Author

Freecampingaussie -- It will be a wonderful change of climate for you! There is so much to see and experience! I'm excited for you!! The Rockies -- amazing to camp under the stars! And, if you go a horseback for a week or two, you can gain access to untouched, breathtaking and wonderous vistas! Have a terrific visit and let me know how it goes (and, I'll be happy to answer any questions you have).


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Beth100 3 years ago from Canada Author

Seanorjohn - Rochester is a beautiful campus!! It's not that bad during the winters there. It will be humid, which brings on a bone-chilling cold, but she can dress in layers to keep toasty warm. She should invest in a pair of good, rubber soled and lined boots to keep her toes warm. There is nothing worse than cold and wet feet (the rest of you will feel cold instantly). A mid-thigh length coat is a must - try Lands End down parka -- not puffy, light and is super warm. I have one and I keep really warm. :) Another key element to keeping warm (more like a cluster of them): mitts (not gloves), touque, scarf and silk thermals.

Congratulations in order for her acceptance to Rochester!! Woo hoo!

Hope you had a great Christmas! :) May the New Year bring peace, happiness and health to you and yours. Happy New Year!! xo


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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain

We are planning a trip to Canada & Alaska next year ! It will be exciting !


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seanorjohn 4 years ago

Hi Beth. My daughter is going to Rochester University in September next year. I guess it is gonna get real cold cos it is on the Canadian border. Great tips on keeping warm in a cold climate. Love Canada and Canadians. Love Aussies and Australia. Two countries on my must visit list.


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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada Author

Husky1970 -- Thank you Husky. It's been the warmest winter this year that I have ever experienced. We only had a brief cold spell, but it was tolerable compared to other years. I can feel and see the effects of global warming. :( Makes me sad to think that we may be losing our seasons up here.


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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada Author

Albertacowpoke -- thank you!! :)


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

Neil -- You've lived in some of the most beautiful places in Canada!!! (Yes, cold, but beautiful!) You're more than welcome to join me anytime... I'm not too far that you can't drive to, that is if you don't mind driving about 8 or 9 or 10 hours (or something like that). :) Meanwhile, enjoy the hot summer days and the glorious sunshine! :)


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

jpcmc -- It's near the end of July here, and I'm wishing for some cold weather!! The temperature hit 47C!!!! It broken some provincial and municipal records!


Husky1970 5 years ago

It is July on Martha's Vineyard and I started freezing just reading your hub. Oh, the power of the written word. I guess that measures the effectiveness of your writing and of this hub. I wish I could join all of you winter and cold weather lovers, but I have endured too many New England winters and now don't want any part of them. So I head South. But I do stay around long enough to get some enjoyment from the change of seasons. Terrific hub, Beth 100. I'll check out more of your hubs.


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

Freecampingaussie -- I agree -- I love having four seasons! I missed the snow and cold so much when I lived in Texas, that I just had to move back home to the Rockies! Everyone laughed at me -- ha ha li'l do they know how much I love our winters! :)


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albertacowpoke 5 years ago from Redwater, Alberta

Sure go for it. No problem. I have spend some time in Texas. A relative lives in Odessa/Midland area. He was a state trooper there and then a Texas Ranger Captain in the Austin area. Like they say Amarillo by morning, up from San Anton.


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

Albertacowpoke -- Whoah!! You're the walking Freezer Man!! I find it really difficult during the winters here in Ontario because there are no Chinooks to break up the freezing cold. By the end of February, I'm starting to go snakey for some sunlight! I know I could not cope with 6 hours of sunlight! My hat's off to you! (and for your great service to your country!).

I lived in Texas for while, but I had major home sickness when December rolled around. I was missing the snow, freezing cold and the icicles. ha ha ha That's the only reason why I moved back to Alberta. :D Home sweet home!

I'd like to link this hub with yours -- you okay with that?? :)


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albertacowpoke 5 years ago from Redwater, Alberta

This hub reminded me of a time when my unit deployed to Alaska in December 1970. At that time of the year it didn't get light out until after 9 am and it was dark again by 2:30 pm. In any case we jumped in at 53 below 0F. Regardless whether you measure in in F or C, it's freaking cold. It remained that cold for our whole time there and we lived in arctic tents, heated with mountain stoves and a coleman stove. Needless to say the naptha we used to fuel the stoves almost froze.

Living in Central Alberta, I thought I was used to cold, but the limited daylight hours and the severe cold plays with your brain. There had to be a constant watch for frostbite and you had to watch your buddy to make sure he was coping.

The U.S. Army issued us a certificate that was membership in the below 50 club. Shortly after Christmas that year we went to Jamaica. Haha what a contrast. Great Hub.


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Cool hub -- no COLD HUB ! LOL ... how interesting, you invite Neil above to come over to keep you warm.... I'll pretend that invitation was for this Neil :-)

I've lived all over Canada - born in Sask and raised in Rosetown,,,, moved to Alberta and lived 4 years calgary - 4 edmonton - 2 COLD LAKE Brrrr and 9 Red Deer - now I live in Port Dover Ontario (on lake earie coast), almost the furthest point south in Canada (Point Peely and Peely Island are furthest south) but to be honest - I would love to escape winter and come back late spring... just in time to catch the last snow melt and the birds flying south.... Good Hub - Enjoyed it... loved the idea of the invite to come over to keep you warm --- LOL cheers


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

Neil -- it's been too cold for me to type!!! :D You should have just come on over and kept me warm through the winter months! I choose not to leave during the cold months. I love the winter!! However, spring has finally arrived, and I'm grateful that the long winter is over! Yippee!!! :)


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jpcmc 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

This is why tropical weather attracts me more. I don't like the cold. But we do get too hot here in the Philippines and it can also be irritating.


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

Duchess O'Blunt -- Oh yes! There are so many things to do that winter passes by very quickly. Though, by April, I am wishing for hot weather. :) Thank you Duchess!


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

Mtsi -- It's almost time to take the top off again!! Gotta love hockey -- I couldn't imagine winter without it! Thanks Mtsi! :)


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freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

It used to get cold in NZ & I lived in London in a caravan when snowing for a few weeks !

Too hot here at 42 deg but prefer having the 4 seasons.


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

James -- I LOVE winter too!! I love the snow and the brisk cold air. I lived in Texas for a short spell, and when Christmas came and there was no snow, I had to pack up and move back up North. Well, it took a few months longer than I expected, so when I arrived, it was summer and I had to wait another 4 months before seeing first snow in October. I feel the same way you do about rain -- it's tears that fall and washes the earth of the terrors that it endures so that new life can spring forth and flourish.

Thank you James, it's always a pleasure when you stop by. :)


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

LOL - so true - winter can have benefits --- I must say though the best way to survive the cold is escape it... LOL

So far I have not had the money and time combination correctly in place to escape it - so I endure. if you snuggled under the blanket with me I would really enjoy it. LOL

Good Hub


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

Tony - How about a warm, fuzzy blanket too? :) xo


Duchess OBlunt 5 years ago

There are so many wonderful things to do in the winter, that it's really not that difficult to get out of the house and escape the cabin fever. Canada is beautiful in the winter. We could use a little more sunlight though.

Very informative hub. Glad I found it.


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

Prasetio -- It's wonderful - snow and the cold weather! There is no beauty like waking up in the morning when it's still dark, sitting by the window sipping cup of tea and watching the sunrise. When the sun is up, it shines on a new blanket of snow that covers the ground in pure white and shines like a gazillion diamonds. It sparkles and comes to life! I hope that one day you will be able to experience this yourself! Thank you! Peace and light.


mtsi1098 5 years ago

I love the snow and the winters as it blankets the grounds...I also love the ice hockey (Heritage game) and snowboarding. With those temperatures I can only say that my jeep top is up and a bowl of your chili is in my hand :) thanks great hub.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I am from Michigan and I have to tell you that I LOVE the winter. It refreshes my soul it cleanses the earth it prepares us for the spring of new life bursting forth.

Thank you for a great Hub!


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

Ingenira -- You are right -- it is the warmth in the heart that melts away the cold and winter blues! There is no better way to spend an evening that is cold and blustery outside than to sit around a fire or on a comfy couch with good friends and family.

Edmonton is sooooo cold!!! I lived south of you -- in the rival city! :) Hey, but we both survived those cold winters to tell about them. Thank you for awesome comments!


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

Chris -- Montreal in winter is soooo beautiful!!! I loved riding the caleche through Old Montreal during the night, especially under a full moon!!! The winters there are not so cold anymore. They tend to have more mild weather than they use too. Sad. I'm glad that you're enjoying your warmer climate. When the tulips come up, think of me.... I'll still be under 4 feet of snow! :) Happy Valentine's Day!


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

CC -- Come on up -- I whip up the meanest cup of hot cocoa you'll ever taste!! I learned this from a friend who is a chocolatiere and it'll knock your socks off! :) Love you! Happy Valentine's Day Handsome!


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tony0724 5 years ago from san diego calif

I will be more then happy to bring a thermous of hot coffee !


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

Dearest HT, I believe we have survived the cold of this winter! I'm expecting another blast of winter this weekend, but will do my best to keep warm. Hard to do as the Rideau Canal is open and it's Winterlude here!! :) Take good care and stay warm my friend! xoxo


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love snow very much. I wish I can touch snow in person. I know it looks hard to survive during the winter if we if we are not accustomed. Thanks for share this information. Very informative and valuable. I learn much from you. Vote up. God bless you. Take care!

Prasetio


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Ingenira 5 years ago

Voted up useful. I used to stay in Edmonton before and survived through -40 deg C temp. I know how it feels. I like your great tips here.

I also think meeting up with friends, and having warm coffee or soup together will also help to warm up the atmosphere. I think, it's the warmth in the heart that counts.


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

FeliciaM -- I understand what you mean. When I moved away from the Rockies to live in Houston, I missed the cold and snow so much that I moved back to Canada. :) I love the seasons but when it gets really, really cold out, I miss the hot humid heat of Texas.


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chirls 5 years ago from Indiana (for now)

Great hub! I have to say that I don't miss Montreal winters now that I live in the US. Mind you, here in the Midwest, we get cold weather without the benefit of all the fun winter activities, since there isn't usually much snow. At least it will start getting warmer here soon!


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

Timorous -- Oh yea, walking backwards in the wind! That is a true test of metal! Yesterday when I took my dogs out, their poor paw pads were sticking to the snow and ice. Needless to say, we didn't walk too far! It's like I was told when I was little, when you hear the crunch of the snow underfoot and the smoke from the chimney rises straight up, you know it's *bleeped out* cold out!!! Keep your toque on and stay warm Timorous! And no, I don't mind at all if you link this into yours (afterall, I'm going to do that with yours too! :) ) Thanks for your support as it is always greatly appreciated!


ralwus 5 years ago

Awwww, love you still gorgeous. Wish I could have some hot cocoa with ya now. With marshmallows. ;) It's been nasty here, but not like up there. xox


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

Carrie -- Yikes!! I knew that it could get that cold in Winnipeg, but I never met anyone who's lived through it!! Our -30 something seems warm compared to that! Is it cold again this year? But I have to say, Winnipeg is a beautiful city -- great architecture and friendly people! :) Thank for sharing your coolness! :)


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

Beth my friend,

I wonder if you have been watching our weather here in MN. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr one morn it was over 35 in the minus.

Stay warm my friend and thanks for the great info


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FeliciaM 5 years ago from Canada

Wow, that reminds me of my childhood, when I lived in a cold area in Canada. I actually sometimes miss that as here on the West Coast we just have dreary rain in the winter and I miss the winter activities. It was 10C the other day.


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You

Hi Beth. Excellent winter survival guide. Where I live, here in central-southern Ontario, it's gotten down to -30C a few times. Yesterday, even with a light breeze, it was 'walking backwards against the wind' time.

Hey, do ya mind if I provide a link to this hub from my winter snow pictures hub? Of course you don't.


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

Ralwus -- Awe, I wish you lived up here!!! We could keep each other company and keep each other warm. :) But, I will forgive you for living so far south!!! XD I love you, no matter how far away you live from me!! :)xoxo


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

I can attest to this Beth, living in Winnipeg, where one morning last week we woke up with a temp. of -45 with the w/c. It all makes me yearn for spring when this cold and snow will be a memory until next year :)


ralwus 5 years ago

I'm glad I don't live up there where you don't love me any more.

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