Vancouver winters vs Calgary winters

Now I come from good hearty Canadian prairie stock. I grew up in Alberta, 26 wonderful years with the Rocky Mountains in my back yard. Any prairie folk knows winter. We know the snow drifts the wind chills, and the meaning of layers.

One of the main reasons I moved to the coast, was for the “warmer” winters. I had enough of the -30’s, and that was without the wind chill.

So on days like the last few here, I scoff at the complaints and whining. Don’t get me wrong wind chill here is a bit different. In Alberta you can bundle up and spend hours frolicking in the snow. Here it is a damp cold, that filters through each layer and nips at your unsuspecting skin. But still a wind chill of -14 is child’s play really. And the snow, don’t get me started. This isn’t snow this is a faint dusting of icing sugar atop a cake.

To top it off, it literally shuts this city down. Buses run at a snail’s pace if at all. Almost no one invests in winter tires. And it “snows” here every year. So the accidents are abundant. How quickly everyone forgets the last year when the same thing happened. Yes folks its called winter, and we live in Canada. It’s bound to happen.

The little Miss and I even left early for our doctor’s appointment to combat this rare occurence called winter. That didn’t even help I should have known better.

But the one thing that made me smile was as we were on the bus. We passed an elementary school. It was recces time, and in the playground was the smallest hill ever. But each child had a piece of cardboard. How wonderful that the simplest thing as cardboard can make someone so happy. They weren’t complaining like all the adults in the city. They were happy and carefree enjoying the icing sugar topped hill.


Rainy days and Monday’s

Growing up in Alberta I didn’t really mind winters. It could be -30, but it was still sunny. Kind of made up for it being so cold. But here on the left coast, winter is a whole other animal. I’ve been here for almost 10 years, and I still can’t get use to the rain. I’ll take cold and sunny over warm and rainy any day. Soggy feet, wind blown hair, and people who don’t know how to use umbrella’s. Can really get your back up. And the months upon months of grey sky’s can depress the hell out of you.

It doesn’t help that it makes it hard for me to want to go outside. I’m fine just hanging out inside. But the wee one needs fresh air. Yes ok I do as well. There is really only so many times you can walk the same streets. I find with her still being pretty young. It limits what we can do, I spend a lot of time walking a few select streets. And when its rainy, I don’t always know what to do with us other then stay in.

So the weather man is telling me that the rest of this week will be sunny, but somewhat chilly. I will make sure that we go out. Even if it’s a walk around the block… I have to be more diligent about her well-being. And even if its cold the sun will do both of us good..

I mean really, how can I say no to this face!