How to survive the Canadian winter|Patrick Sacco|KnowLedge World Network|Activities|KNOWLEDGE CAPITAL

  • 2019.02.07
  • How to survive the Canadian winter
Since I’m originally from Italy, a country which has mild weather year-round, accepting to move to Ottawa, Canada, for work, I had to prepare for a cold winter and I had to discover new activities to do to keep myself busy in such a cold place.
Canada is a destination that every day becomes more popular among travellers, because it has many things to offer at any time of the year.
With the cold, snow and fairy-tale landscapes also come fun activities which can be enjoyed during the months of December, January, February and until March.
The winter is time to travel to Canada and rejoice with its white landscapes, delicious comfort food, cider and festivals.
If you want to perform activities full of adventure, appreciate incredible landscapes and enjoy the snow, Ottawa, Canada, is an excellent choice.
In this Canadian province, you can practice ice climbing on a cliff, waterfall, or glacier; if you are not an expert you can take a course and, in less than two days, they will teach you the essentials to carry out this activity.
If the heights are not your thing, you can skate in some frozen lagoon or do a walk on ice, the Ottawa canyon is an excellent option to do this, you can also appreciate the ice cathedral by the waterfalls.
Canadians often go snowshoeing or take a ride on a sled pulled by dogs.
You can also visit dog breeding sites and get to know this tradition in detail, take a lesson from the experts or guide your own sled. Going dog sledding might sound a bit touristy, but there are many places that train dogs specifically for sledding. Sitting in a sleigh as a team of beautiful huskies whisk you through an enchanting winter forest, is just amazing and a must-do both for locals and tourists alike.
The Rideau Canal in Ottawa has officially entered the Guinness World Records because, during the winter time, it boasts over 80 ice-skating rinks.
Also going up a mountain on a snowmobile is quite fun, and there is nothing like the views on top of a snow-covered mountain to take your breath away.
I don’t know about you but when it’s cold out it seems that I can’t get enough carbs. Pasta, bread, potatoes, they are literally all I think about. And poutine is the answer. It is a traditional dish of fries and cheese curds, smothered with gravy. You can also add other toppings such as bacon, ham, veggies, guacamole, pretty much anything you can think of and you can find it almost anywhere.
An event which takes place in the winter is the Igloo Fest: a giant evening concert with multiple stages, DJs, bars, and dancing in which everything is made of ice.
Another typical Canadian thing to do is ice fishing, an ideal activity for the whole family. It does not require experience because you can easily hire a package which includes everything necessary to carry it out and is an unbeatable way to be in contact with nature in its most inhospitable state, uncovering the vetoes imposed on our mind.
The rivers and lakes are submerged under the icy tears of a white and bluish mantle and being out there fishing is just beautiful.
There are even some shelters that have the function of protecting people from the cold and the polar wind and being able to fish from the inside or using them as a base camp to be able to warm up later. In the summer, the same shelters are used as camping facilities.

Overall, winter is a gorgeous time to be in Canada!





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  • Patrick Sacco
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  • JobENGINEER AT ELLIOT & CO CONSULTING

HELLO! MY NAME IS PATRICK AND I LIVE IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, WHERE I WORK AS A CIVIL ENGINEER AND I’M ALSO AN AMATEUR POET IN MY SPARE TIME. I MOVED TO SCOTLAND ABOUT 9 YEARS AGO FROM ITALY AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. SOME PEOPLE DON’T LIKE THE RAINY WEATHER BUT IT’S THIS TYPE OF WEATHER WHICH ALLOWS THIS REGION TO BE SO LUSH AND GREEN. WHENEVER I HAVE THE CHANCE I TAKE MY CAR TO THE COUNTRYSIDE AND I GO EXPLORE THE MANY LAKES AND VALLEYS AROUND EDINBURGH.

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