Ahh shoveling snow … there is something quite therapeutic about seeing a cleared driveway … only to look out and hour later and see it covered again
My introduction to Canadian winters was in Alberta … -30 snow on snow and driving on a skating rink for months at a time but as with everything in life you adapt and I learned to love the winters.
Back to shoveling the white stuff, secret is to clear frequently and If you are lucky enough to have the use of a snow blower, which is a bit like having the use of a ride on lawn mower, it makes an essential job easier and even enjoyable.
As for the weather in Canada … Alberta is a Province of extremes, winters can get to -40 it can snow in September and through to March/April, there is no humidity, snow is crisp and dry, hair can stand on end with static electricity but the sun always shines.
Homes are built for the cold as are many of the major towns and cities. In some you need never come to the surface you can live “underground” we would often BBQ on the deck at 20 below and summers are often hot, hot, hot … if you’re lucky you can spend it at a cabin by the lake.
Arranging a house and pet sit in Alberta is the best way to experience living like a local and if you’re a skier and like winter sports there’s no better place to be. … aA for temps, I’ve been colder in London at 0 degrees than in Alberta at -25 it’s dry cold, not one that seeps through to your bones and with the sophisticated extreme weather clothing today all you need to be careful of is covering your face and making certain dogs in your care are well protected and you can enjoy the whitest of winters.
British Columbia is very much like UK weather and being in the the Upper Pacific Northwest can be wet and grey in the winter but without extreme temps.
Vancouver Island is a very special place & boasts the most temperate weather in the whole of Canada ….“You can walk through dense temperate rainforests of moss-draped trees to see grizzly bears fishing for salmon. Paddle along the rocky coastline and in sheltered bays in a kayak. Take a boat trip for close-up views of orcas and dolphins. Stroll deserted beaches strewn with driftwood in the north of the island, or spend a relaxing couple of days browsing the art galleries and wineries of Salt Spring Island, between Vancouver Island and the mainland”
Canada is a country of great diversity and I know I’m biased but it’s one everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime and the best way to experience it … pet and house sitting.