Winters in Canada can feel looonnnng. Three (five?) months of watching weather forecasts and begging the mercury in the thermometer to inch back up. It’s a waiting game, with those first glimpses of spring as the prize. But there’s a better way to get through winter: by choosing to focus on the things we love. Less complaining and more getting cozy = a happier winter.
1. Snowy forest hikes
Canada has no shortage of stunning forests, and in the winter, sprinkled with snow, they are extra magical. It’s so rewarding to go for a hike, then bundle up inside for a well-earned warm-up.
2. Having a white Christmas (most of the time)
It wouldn’t be Christmas in Canada without chilly weather and some of the white stuff falling from the sky. We love having a snowy Christmas – it makes festivities even cozier.
3. Ski days (and other winter sports)
We are so lucky to have so many amazing ski hills in Canada (oh hai, Whistler). Skiing, snow tubing, tobogganing and other wintery pursuits give us all the fresh air, outdoor time and exercise we crave during the colder months.
4. It’s a great excuse to stay in and snuggle
Let’s face it, sometimes we wish we had an excuse to just stay in. In Canadian winters, we have a built-in excuse to bundle up at home and stay cozy. Holiday movie marathon, we are coming for you.
5. The food
Let’s talk about allll the delicious comfort food that’s perfect for enjoying during long, cold winters. All the soups, stews, mac ‘n’ cheese and casseroles–and, it goes without saying, Canadian classics like poutine, and pancakes with maple syrup.
6. We have a true appreciation for the warmer months
The first spring day gives pretty much every Canadian a new lease on life. Yes, we love cozy winter days, but we love them even more because of how much they make us appreciate spring and summer. Then, we use up every ounce of summer with cottage trips, tons of outdoor time and as much camping as possible.
7. Iconic Canadian winter activities
Take some of Canada’s most beautiful sites, and add cold weather, and they become a whole new spectacle. We don’t let a little thing like ice stop us from having fun. When the ground freezes? We bathe in the middle of it. When Niagara Falls freezes? We take pictures of it.
8. The sense of community
There’s a lot that divides us in Canada: food, politics, hockey allegiances. Winter is something that actually brings us together. Whether we’re just chatting to our neighbour about “how cold it is out here” or enjoying one of Canada’s many winter festivities, cold weather is something we all have in common.
9. Wearing our Canadiana red plaid
Buffalo check is basically the Canadian winter uniform, and we love wearing it for snowy photo ops and frolics in the snow. Matching family Buffalo Check pajamas are basically a requirement in the winter.
10. We’ve built up some pretty great resilience when it comes to “cold” weather
10 degrees and sunny is positively balmy for Canadians. And a winter day that also has sun? We are pretty much happy to forgo a coat.