Autumn is in full swing and as the leaves continue to fall, we Canadians are reminded of the season ahead. While Canadian winter stereotypes are well-know — think igloos, maple syrup and dog sleds — some of that season’s more interesting facts fly under the radar.
Think you’re an informed Canadian? Check out these eight little-known facts about our country’s coldest season.
Eight (Un)usual Facts about Canadian Winter
- Think you’re a pro shoveler? Try clearing 145 centimetres of the stuff. That’s the record for the most amount of snowfall in a 24-hour period. It happened in Tahtsa Lake, BC back in 1999.
- When you’re bundled up during an extreme weather alert, direct your frustration at the Canadians who experience the balmiest winter. British Columbia is known for its mild winter weather, but Victoria is the mildest of all.
- Come winter, Ottawa’s Rideau Canal becomes the world’s largest ice rink with a surface area equal to 90 Olympic skating rinks.
- They don’t call it Eureka for nothing. Eureka, Nunavut experiences the coldest weather in Canada, with average year-round temperature of 19.7 °C.
- Love outdoor winter sports? Look no further than Revelstoke Mountain Resort in British Columbia. Its annual snowfall is the highest in Canada: 1400 centimetres!
- Canadian birds aren’t the only ones flying south for the winter. Our snowbird population — those over 55 who live in warmer climates during the winter — numbers over one million.
- Snag, Yukon knows the true meaning of deep freeze. Back in 1947, they experienced the coldest Canadian day yet, at -63°C. That’s the same temperature as the surface of Mars.
- Churchill, Manitoba is the polar bear capital of the world. Polar bears are so common there, that residents often leave their cars unlocked during the winter so any passersby can escape a bear’s pursuit.