Chill Out in the Coldest Places in Canada
Canada spends a third of its year shivering under an extensive blanket of snow and ice. But do you know which city rules the cool, or who’s to blame for the New Year’s polar bear plunge phenomenon? And which surprising Canadian destination may require snow boots during the summer? Bundle up! This weather bulletin forecasts eye-opening winter trivia on the approach!
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School’s Out in Val-d’Or, Quebec
Canadian kids who crave snow day-induced school closures might want to convince mom and dad to move to Val-d’Or, Québec. According to Environment Canada, the city famous for its gold, copper and zinc mines boasts more snow days—103.5—than any other Canadian metropolis. Val-d’Or is literally too cool for school.
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Take the Plunge in Vancouver
Did you know that Vancouver may be responsible for the popular January 1st tradition of diving into freezing cold lakes? What’s believed to be Canada’s first “polar bear plunge” was orchestrated by Peter Pantages and the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club in 1920. Today, New Year’s resolutions and charity fundraisers are often cited as the reason for charging into the body-numbing tides of Vancouver’s English Bay. Since its birth over 90 years ago, Vancouver’s polar bear swim continues to set participation records each year, and has spawned copycat events across Canada and around the world.
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