8 everyday tasks that are a struggle for newcomers during Canada’s winter

When you don’t know the winters in Canada, you can hardly imagine what it is really like to experience temperatures below zero. It’s something that you only learn when you come and live your first Canadian winter. For example I couldn’t have ever imagined that smiling on a windy winter day could make your teethContinue reading “8 everyday tasks that are a struggle for newcomers during Canada’s winter”

7 curious things about winter in Canada

This is my fifth winter in Ottawa, and fortunately I don’t dread it anymore. When I first landed in Ottawa in the winter of 2018 people told me things that made me fear I wouldn’t be able to put up with the extreme cold. For example, I heard things like: “you’ll never get used toContinue reading “7 curious things about winter in Canada”

New to winter? How to dress your kids in Canada

Winter hasn’t arrived officially yet but the temperatures are dropping each day. If you’re about to land in Canada you probably are worrying about how to dress your kids properly for them to be able to resist a -15 or -20 degrees Celsius when they go to school in the middle of the winter. ThoseContinue reading “New to winter? How to dress your kids in Canada”

7 great winter activities to do with kids in Ottawa

Right from the start I saw how intense and active outdoor life can be in Canada’s capital. No matter if it is summer or winter, there are always lots of interesting activities. They say, with reason, that Ottawa is a paradise for active people who enjoy the outdoors and nature and who like to involveContinue reading “7 great winter activities to do with kids in Ottawa”

Rideau Canal Skateway: Ottawa’s pride

A long time ago, before I came to Ottawa for the first time, my Canadian husband would tell me how cool it was to skate to work on the Rideau Canal when he lived in the capital of Canada. But I really didn’t know what it was like until we moved to Ottawa in January,Continue reading “Rideau Canal Skateway: Ottawa’s pride”

Five strategies to embrace the Canadian winter

When my Canadian husband told his friends that he was moving back to Canada in the middle of the winter, with wife and three kids who had always lived in Peru and who had never experienced temperatures lower than 14 degrees Celsius, they thought he was crazy. They thought that it was going to beContinue reading “Five strategies to embrace the Canadian winter”

15 great spots to go sledding in Ottawa

One thing I noticed after moving to Ottawa was how keen Canadians here are about winter sports and activities, no matter how freezing cold the temperature is outside. Ice skating, skiing, and snowshoeing are some of the most popular activities, but in my own experience, the most hilarious is definitely sledding down a hill coveredContinue reading “15 great spots to go sledding in Ottawa”

3 ways to cope with the Christmas blues in Canada

One popular Christmas carol says that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. It probably is, when you imagine your entire family together seated around a table full of delicious food prepared by your mother or aunts, and your kids and your nephews and nieces are excited and giggling. But if you’re anContinue reading “3 ways to cope with the Christmas blues in Canada”

All about winter gear to survive the Canadian cold

During my first days in Ottawa, after moving from Peru, I didn’t have proper winter clothing to face the horrendous temperatures that hovered around minus 20 C. I had no idea how I would put up with those harsh days. It must have been the excitement of feeling snow for the first time in myContinue reading “All about winter gear to survive the Canadian cold”