How to stay warm and enjoy Canadian winter

For anyone who has just moved to Canada from a warmer country, winter can be quite an experience.

I remember my first winter in Canada. I was amazed at how nice the snow looked. I loved just being outside and taking pictures. Perhaps I was happy because I was just visiting the country at the time. I knew I’d go back to 30+ degrees Celsius soon enough.

Now that I live in Canada, I’ve gone through everything from excitement about the snow to irritation. Traffic can be pretty bad when it’s snowing on the way to work. That is ok though. The hardest thing to get used to was the cold; however, over time I’ve adapted and I’ve learned that you just have to properly bundle up.

Here are a few tips on how to stay warm during those cold winter days:

1. – Wear layers of clothing. Wearing thin layers of clothing rather than one thick layer helps. I recommend wearing thermal clothing. This has helped me a lot, especially when I have to be outside for longer periods of time. It’s very easy to find thermo clothes. You can buy them at Walmart for example and the price is reasonable.

2. – Make sure you get waterproof boots. It’s incredible how much of a difference this can make. As a new person in the country, this is something I didn’t even consider the first time I bought boots. I just wanted a pair that looked nice; experience has now taught me that fashion is the least of my worries when it’s -15 degrees Celsius and wet outside.

3. – Hot meals and drinks help. Winter gives you a great excuse to enjoy more than one delicious cup of coffee or tea on really cold days. Your body also needs to be well nourished to stay warm; so make sure you keep a balanced diet.

These are tips that I’ve learned through my experience. If you have any other tips that have helped you stay warm during winter, please share. I’ll try it out and let you know how it went. In the meantime, let’s all enjoy Canadian winter!

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About Diana Massimi

As a newcomer in Canada, I've had some really great experiences. Every day, I continue to learn and adapt to my new country. As I've just passed the three year mark as a permanent resident, I'll soon be applying for citizenship. It's an exciting step to take and I'm looking forward to being "officially" Canadian. This blog is to share what I've learned so far and my everyday experiences and feelings being a newcomer to this country. More than anything I'll be looking forward to hearing from other newcomers and exchanging impressions and anecdotes about our new life in Canada. Feel free to share and ask questions, I'm also always happy to help a fellow newcomer!
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