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The Sun Is Out, It's -14 C (7 F) and We're Having Fun in Winter City

  • Jan 9, 2010
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The sun is out and the temperatures have plummeted after more than a week of gray skies and continual snow showers. When I was up on Mount Royal early this morning, I met several runners dressed in spiffy new winter running clothes--Christmas presents? or Boxing Day bargains?--chugging their way up the hill. The footing is better than it has been for several days since the surface is frozen. The sun makes you feel like you want to be outside, too.

One of the nice things about Montreal is the way that parks are used intensely by the people who live here all year around. The two nearest us have skating rinks for casual skating, set up in what in summer time are ponds. Another park a little farther away has two rinks for hockey playing and practice, as well as a slope that that's good for sledding. The parks are not just pretty places to look at, they're also places to live, play and exercise. And, as the photo on the left suggests, places to sunbathe too.

The sign on the top photo, BTW, means "Look out for our children."

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January 10, 2010
I love Montreal and have been up there dozens of times but never in winter. Would love to see your city this time of the year.
January 10, 2010
It is one cold and blustery bitchin' city in the winter, Paul. You'd better be buying into the fun of winter activities or you won't be having much fun living in Montreal in January.
January 10, 2010
Well, it's a whole lot colder in Winnipeg and Regina (as I had meant to comment to EcoMama,) One of my daughter's friends in the former city reported -41 C (which is about where the two systems come together) last week. We moved to Montreal from California a long time ago, and I think it probably was an easier adjustment than a move to, say, Chicago would have been. Most years we get a lot of sunshine off snow in the winter which is lovely, and things are set up for clearing snow reasonably promptly. Despite an average of 84 inches of snow, my kids were out of school because of the weather once--and that was because freezing rain led to power outages.
January 10, 2010
-14 Celcius? Brrr... I do love snow though. That sounds like pretty warm for where I was born, in the Ural mountains of Russia :) Though honestly, I take cold weather pretty hard. We're in Massachusetts and good winter clothes is hard to find here since it is not really that far north or south. I need to go to Montreal to find something! ;)
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Quick Tip by . December 20, 2010
Winter is on of the two of my least favorite seasons. I wish there would be no winters. Many years ago I spent the entire winter in Hawaii. That is the way winters ought to be like everywhere. I hope global warming happens so we can finally be rid of winters.
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Mary Soderstrom is a Montreal-based writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her new collection of short stories, Desire Lines: Stories of Love and Geography, will be published by Oberon Press in November, … more
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Winter is the coldest season of the year, between autumn and spring. The season includes the time of year with the shortest days and longest nights. 
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