Edmonton winter can start very early some years, and very late other years. However, this year, our winter has already started! On Friday, the beginning of the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, the snow started to fall, all the way from Edmonton to Calgary, to the mountains. I had plans to visit friends on Friday and Saturday, but I decided that the drive would not be very safe so I returned home. The snow continued to fall all day Saturday and Sunday, so I took some time to organize my winter clothing and equipment. You’ll need some of these things too if you are new to Edmonton. Take a look at the pictures and the captions, so you can get some of the winter vocabulary.
Heavy mitts (mittens)
Wool mittens (mitts)
Another face covering, very good for extremely cold or windy days.
A neckwarmer can cover your face or ears in very cold weather
A balaclava will completely cover your head and a lot of your face. You have to remove it if you go into a convenience store or gas station.
Warm, woolly socks are good to have.
Skates (hockey skates)
Spikes to help avoid slipping on snow and ice.
A sled: good for pulling children around the neighbourhood and for sliding down hills.
Helmet and goggles for skiing, skating and sledding in the winter
Goggles are very helpful for skiing, skating, and sometimes cycling or snowshoeing in the winter.
downhill ski boot
Cross-country (skinny) skis
Streets and sidewalks are covered in early snow, October, 2016
Brush snow off the whole car when it’s heavy, so you can see out of all your windows.
Brush heavy snow off windows and windshield before driving.
Scrape ice off you windows and windshield before driving in the winter.
Winter driving means turning on your front and rear defrost to warm up for a few minutes before driving.
Windshield wipers will clear light snow and ice after the car warms up.
Rivers and creeks freeze in winter and they take a long time to completely thaw in the spring.
Snowshoeing is SO much fun! Poles are optional
Snowshoeing fun at Strathcona Wilderness Centre
Winter cycling can be fantastic fun, especially with a “fat bike”
Fatbike rides on trails that are groomed for skiing and snowshoeing: Victoria Park
A winter fatbike ride at Dawson Park
You can even bake pizza for breakfast in a wood oven for friends. #yegbike #coffeeoutside on Friday mornings
The new Downtown Community Rink, on the north side of the new arena. Free public skating, several times a week, as well as free skate and helmet rentals