St. John’s International Airport in Newfoundland, Canada, recorded 30 inches of snow on January 17, 2020. That event broke the previous daily snowfall record of 26.93 inches that was set in 1999.
Residents found themselves struggling to dig themselves out of snow that reached waist-high before it blew into drifts.
The weather event caused the province to declare a state of emergency for the region. Officials wanted people to stay off of the roads, but a few restrictions were lifted by the end of the weekend so that people could get fuel, prescriptions, and other necessities.
Canadian Armed Forces operations announced that they would help with snow removal, transportation to warming centers, and provide care for those who had health concerns.
How to Survive Winter in Canada
The easiest way to survive winter in Canada is to move to British Columbia. The climate in the province, which includes Vancouver Island, tends to be wet and gloomy without a lot of accumulation.
When you do begin to live with the white stuff, then you need to expect daily shoveling responsibilities. Most people keep their vehicles plugged into an outlet to keep the engine warm.
Then remember to dress warmly. Temperatures can quickly drop to minus 40 degrees Celcius in places.
Once you have your preparations in order, then winter in Canada becomes a lot of fun. You’ll find skiing, skating, camping, and dog sledding opportunities throughout the country. Ice fishing is a world-class experience here. You can get around on snowmobiles, go snowshoeing, or making a snowman almost any day.
Travel in Winter Can Be Easier
Once you learn how to drive in the snow, travel is still very possible throughout Canada. You’ll see fewer crowds, lower prices outside of the ski resorts, and beautiful views awaiting your arrival.
By the time you make it through the cold snap of winter in the north, temperatures that get close to freezing can feel absolutely warm. Snowstorms can arrive suddenly, which means it is essential to plan for any emergency.
Then it becomes a waiting game. When you get 30 inches of snow in a single day, then it will take time to dig out from that kind of precipitation event. If you have 3-4 days of supplies stocked up at home, then you can get through without much difficulty.
Just don’t lose your small children in the snow.