12 Feb Canadian winters are even too daunting for Canadians
Canadians should get extra credit for the intensively frigid living conditions more than half of the year, kind of like a tax rebate or a per diem isolation pay. Although January doesn’t usually bring the most snow it’s definitely the coldest month. The temperature today is hovering around -35°C. Every January all Canadian wonder why they put themselves through the ridiculously daunting experience of Canadian winters.
Canada is under populated specifically because of their frigid weather. Nobody really wants to live half the year in torrentially cold weather. But when you look at India, Mexico City, some of the European countries how massively overly populated they are perhaps our cool Canadian winters is Canada‘s best resource. It keeps people from hosting an interest in living here.
The problems with Canadian winters are that Canadians aren’t even prepared for them. Regardless of how many years you lived in Canada there’s still no proper means of preparing for the ridiculously cold temperatures. Come Halloween the ground becomes white and the streets become bare. Even Canadians won’t go outside on a massively cold day. Unless you’re an avid snowboarder near the mountains there’s very little chance you’re not going to become a hermit.
It gets so cold in Canada some days that you could freeze in less than two minutes. In fact some cars don’t even start even with block heaters. When a foreigner who’s never experienced snow like we do comes to visit in the winter time we never see them again. If he/she comes in the summertime that’s an entirely different story. Canada offers some of the most beautiful sites, and friendly people. There are many wonderful things that Canada has to offer, just not in the winter time.
It’s not a lie when I say literally every Canadian questions why they live here in the winter time. The odd part is the summertime brings so much joy and activity — it’s a completely different story. When summer comes literally everyone is outside enjoying themselves. The added benefit of simpler commutes to work and spread out cities is very flavourful to someone living in an over populated area. There’s a reason why Canada is always in the top five for best places to live.
The truth is; there are benefits in all living environments regardless if they’re over populated or not. It’s fantastic that Canada has a lot more to offer than population. It offers more resources than most countries and it’s infrastructure is already set up for success. Is one of the largest countries in the world with the most forestry and natural resources, and the mindset of Canadians is rather neutral in comparison to other countries when it comes to religion or politics. This offers a sense of freedom.
Getting back to the point of this post; how Canadians can’t even comprehend the winter weather when it hits. It’s definitely not just a Canadian thing; humanity isn’t built for certain temperatures. That being said, it’s now -36°C today in Calgary, Alberta. I didn’t even take my kids to school although everything is oddly fully operational. When it’s this cold all I want to do is hibernate.
Wake me up in April.