Preparing for a Canadian winter: What you need to know when you learn English in Canada

what you need to know about wintertime when you learn English in Canada

When many people think of Canada, they think of winter. Average temperatures can reach -10 °C in January, though individual days can occasionally get much colder. Snow also covers the ground, creating a beautiful winter wonderland. It’s true that Canada’s winters can be cold and snowy, but there is a lot to enjoy in the wintertime, too. Knowing what to expect can help you prepare for a Canadian winter, and even look forward to it!

Here are a few tips you can use when preparing for your first Canadian winter.

It’s important to get the right clothes to stay comfortable

Enjoying a Canadian winter is a truly unique experience, but to enjoy being outside you need to have plenty of warm clothes to keep you comfortable. That means getting a warm coat, hat, and gloves, as well as waterproof boots. You might think it’s silly to wear so much in the winter, but when it is very cold outside and you’re prepared for it, the silliness is worth it!

Warm clothes will help you stay comfortable during the winter
Warm clothes will help you stay comfortable during the winter

Remember to layer clothes when preparing for winter in Canada

Canadians will often talk about “layering” clothes to stay warm. Layering means wearing lighter clothes such as a t-shirt underneath a thick sweater. This is done for two important reasons. First, the extra layers help keep in heat, allowing you to stay warm even in cold temperatures. Second, layering clothes means that once indoors or near a cozy fireplace, take off thicker layers so that you don’t feel too hot. For these reasons, you’ll want to make sure you “layer” clothes.

Make a list of fun winter activities to try when you learn English in Canada

Preparing for winter isn’t just about making certain you have enough warm clothes to stay comfortable! When you learn English in Canada, you’ll see that winter is also a lot of fun, too.

Skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating are all classic winter activities that you can try while in Canada. There is also snow tubing, which involves sitting in the middle of an inflatable tube and sliding down a hill. As you prepare for your first winter in Canada, it can be a good idea to make a list of all the fun activities you want to try. Would you like to have a snowball fight? Do you want to build a snowman? Writing everything down will help you remember each activity you want to try before the snow melts.

Snow tubing is a fun winter activity to try in Canada
Snow tubing is a fun winter activity to try in Canada

Get warm slippers, books, and other items for days inside

Enjoying winter weather can be a lot of fun, but sometimes it can be nice to enjoy a day indoors too. That’s why when preparing for a Canadian winter, it can be a good idea to get a warm pair of slippers, some books, and movies to enjoy.

Completing an English as a second language program in Canada will also allow you to make new friends from all over the world, so why not see if they would like to play board games together during the winter? You can organize days inside playing board games, card games, or watching movies with your new friends.

Playing card games inside can also be a fun winter activity
Playing card games inside can also be a fun winter activity

Are you ready to enjoy your first Canadian winter?

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