Time and time again I have met people, through CELBANPrep, who have arrived in Canada: some in the middle of the summer, some in the dead of winter, some who have been in Canada for some time.
Some people arrive, being greeted by family or friends, others by employers. Some people come before the rest of the family: seeking housing and employment. Others come alone.
Many come from warm climates like the Philippines, India, Mexico, South America and Oceana. Some come from Europe, and have experienced snow but very few have experienced the cold we have here in Canada.
Some people are fortunate to settle along the coast in British Columbia. These people have the easiest time adapting to the climate in Canada, as it is mild with very little snow. Others experience an abundance of snow, with cold but mild winters: in southern Ontario and Quebec. But those who settle in the Prairie cities of Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, and Winnipeg will experience deep cold and alarming wind chills. This is also true for people settling in northern communities in many of the provinces.
In October, 2011, I was with a friend who had arrived form the Philippines only months before. It was night, and she was cold. She asked if it was going to get any colder. I realized that she was not prepared for what was to come. I took her shopping. As I did I taught her about how the cold impacts our bodies physiologically. I taught her about insulation, how it works, and the different kinds of fabrics. Then I took her to look at the different styles of boots, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens. At the end of the day I was satisfied that I had taught her all that all that I knew, all that I had learned about surviving winter in Canada. I felt confident that although she would still have to acclimatize to winter in Canada, she would be prepared as well as she could be. I hoped that eventually she would be able to enjoy the joys of winter: skating, skiing, and making snowmen.Spending time with my friend inspired me to write this book for you.
This is my hope for you, that you may know how to prepare yourself and your family so that you too can enjoy the treasures of winter life in Canada.
I hope you enjoy my book, Surviving Winter in Canada.