I took this photo on the shores of Isla de las Mujeres in Cancun back in October. I was saving it for the coldest, most miserable week in January, knowing that it would be the perfect mental escape from the bitter Canadian winter.
It seems like this has been the right week for it. Two days ago, I woke up to a wind chill factor of -43 Celsius.
My poor brother had to arrive home from Thailand in this weather, a temperature change of an astounding 80 degrees.
The last couple of days, I’ve trudged through piles of snow, cursed the car that refused to start, and ran as fast as I could from the bus stop to the front door. Yet at that same time, I’ve gone to dance class, to job interviews, and watched everyone around me continue on their normal routine. I even still watched a crowd of smokers huddle outside the library and puff on cigarettes that struggled to stay lit.
When you’re Canadian, you may complain about the cold, but you still live through it. You may desire a break from it all, a chance to jet off to Mexico or Cuba or the Dominican. Maybe you actually will.
But, if you are “stuck” at home, don’t worry. There are still opportunities for your own winter escape, right in your backyard.
For some stunning footage of our own Canadian paradise, check out this video below with footage from Banff, Kootenay, and Yoho National Parks.
Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies from The Upthink Lab on Vimeo.