A cold Canadian winter may be a new experience for newcomers from warm countries. Learning to enjoy the winter months will make your life in Canada easier. This is especially true for prairie provinces such as Alberta and Saskatchewan that may get more snow and lower temperatures than some other parts of Canada.
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This may seem obvious, but you are not going to enjoy the winter if you are freezing in the cold. Dress appropriately for the outdoors by wearing warm and waterproof clothing. Drink seasonal beverages such as hot chocolate or tea that are warm. Keep an extra blanket or sweater readily available when you are working or relaxing as well. Being prepared for the winter is an important step to take before you can safely enjoy yourself. Stay warm and take precautions so that you can truly experience the wonders of winter.
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Play in the Snow
The Canadian outdoors during the winter seasons is a playground of endless possibilities. You can easily partake in popular winter sports such as ice skating by finding your local skating rink. Alternatively, you can venture a bit further away to the slopes for some skiing and snowboarding. Other winter activities such as tobogganing, ice fishing, and snowshoeing are also great ways to have fun. Newcomers with children will especially enjoy building a snowman, making snow angels, or even a friendly snowball fight. Remember to dress properly before heading out the door!
Explore the Great Outdoors
Canada is filled with beautiful landscapes all-year-round, and the winter season is no exception. Explore the great outdoors and discover your next favourite location. Winter festivals are very popular and held across various cities in Canada. Festivals can include various features that may include ice skating, snow sculptures, illuminating lights, parades, and much more! Lastly, those who enjoy solidarity will appreciate the northern lights, or aurora borealis, that can be spotted across Canada. The months between October and March is the best time to see these natural lights. Many provincial parks are great locations to catch a sight of the lights.
It is recommended that you conduct proper research in regards to COVID-related closures when planning your winter festivities.
Have a Positive Mindset
The cold temperature and shortened days of winter can negatively influence our attitudes. However, anyone can enjoy the winter season with a positive mindset. Newcomers to Canada are encouraged to openly learn about the wonders of winter and to see what the country has to offer.
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