As much as we hate to admit it, those long summer days are slowly coming to an end. It’s now time to say goodbye to those summer shorts and say hello to your cozy sweaters. I know. It is only the first week of Fall but I promise, Winter will be here before you know it. For most of you all, this is your first Canadian winter and it will definitely be one to remember. Whether it is ice skating with your friends or having a nice cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace, there are so much to enjoy in winter. With that being said, I have suggested five tips to help prepare you for the coming winter!
Tip #1. Leave early for your commute!
There is a common Canadian saying that if you don’t like the weather right now – wait 5 minutes! With extremely unpredictable weather, it is highly recommended to check the morning weather forecast so you are prepared for the day ahead. From personal experience, give yourself at least 30 minutes to an hour head start during snow storms as transit delays are likely to occur during rush hour. Also, make sure to check your emails before heading out as classes may be cancelled.
Tip #2. Stay warm.
It is always better to be too warm when it comes to winter clothing. Purchase your gloves, scarfs and hats in advance so you have them ready for use! Although it may seem bright and sunny, don’t forget to pack your winter gloves because it may come in handy. In addition, layering your clothes is also perfect for the cold weather. You’ll find extremely cold days where even 6 layers of sweaters won’t do justice. Just Kidding. But Seriously!
Tip #3: MIND YOU STEP!
Falling on frozen ice can be hilarious to watch but it is definitely not something you would want to experience. Personally, I don’t think I have survived a single winter without falling on the ice. However, it might just be my clumsy self. Therefore, make sure to be extra careful when walking on ice and to select your steps wisely. Proper shoe wear is important when it comes to walking on snow.
Tip #4. Keep active.
Although snow can pile up to 10-12 centimeters, there are many indoor and outdoor options to remain active during the winter. Toronto offers lots of sport facilities around the city to join! Become a member at a nearby gym or stop by to participate at Schulich’s indoor sports games. If you enjoy winter sports, head over to Blue Mountain for the weekend with your friends for skiing or snow-boarding.
Now that you have gotten the rundown of my tips to surviving the Canadian winter, my final request for you is to enjoy the winter! Take a break from your computers and step outside! Don’t be afraid to build a snow man and deck up on your Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa decor. If you have any other tips for the winter, feel free to leave a comment below!