TIPS LATINOS SHOULD KNOW BEFORE ARRIVING IN CANADA
The best way to enjoy winter is to learn a winter sport, such as ice-skating. Many cities have public ice rinks where people of all ages and abilities come to skate. It is especially exhilarating to skate over frozen lakes and rivers. However, you must be careful and ensure the ice is thick enough before doing so.
If you live far from a city, during spring it’s best to walk in groups of at least four people. Bears are active at this time of year as they are emerging from hibernation.
When spending time outside during a Canadian winter, it’s important to not lose body heat. Gloves, scarves, and hats help keep you warm.
Raccoons are intelligent creatures and have adapted to living with humans. They will rummage through trash or compost bins looking for food. In some cases, they will move into garages or attics to gain access to food. Ensure to keep garbage and compost bins properly closed. If you hear clawing sounds, prepare for war.
During winter months in northern Canada, the sun only comes out a few hours a day. This has an impact on health, especially Latinos who are accustomed to having the sun year-round. Take Vitamin D during these months.
CALORIES ARE GOOD
During the winter in Canada, tubers, pumpkins and other food products containing starch are often consumed. For example, Quebec’s famous dish “poutine” is very popular during the winter months and consists of French fries, cheese and gravy. It can sound a little excessive at times but you will need the extra calories.
DON'T STAY INSIDE
Canadians are connected to nature. During the summer months, walking, camping or canoeing are common activities. In winter, skiing is a popular pastime. Canadians in northern areas also go snowshoeing. Only the bravest go camping during the winter.
Many rivers and lakes freeze over and are ideal for ice-skating. In fact, there are ice roads that lead to remote places, but you must always confirm the ice is thick enough to support your weight. Every year many accidents occur because of thin ice.
In some places in Canada, the temperature can drop to -50 degrees Celsius. That is very cold! The key to surviving winter is to wear multiple layers of clothing, including undergarments, shirts, sweaters, leg warmers and a coat.