8 Super Fun And Odd Things Canadians Do To Help Them Tolerate Winter

As told by a Canadian.

1. Sleep in an ice hotel.

Canadians live in igloos right? Nope, but we have the next best thing. The Hotel de Glace, near Quebec City, which opens for three months every year. 

Everything is made of ice including the beds. (Don't worry, they'll give you arctic sleeping bags that allow you to stay warm in -30 degrees Celsius.)

They've got a chapel if you want to tie the knot, but if you're just there for the party, they serve cocktails in ice glasses. If you're ordering a vodka martini, you might wanna ask them to "hold the ice." 

Image by Flickr user Allen under Creative Commons license. 

4. Eat yellow snow.

Okay, it's not exactly yellow, it's more golden, as in the color of maple syrup. 

To make it, they heat up some pure Canadian maple syrup to 118 degrees Celsius and pour it onto a flat bed of snow. They roll it around with a stick till it hardens together. 

It's kinda like a taffy lollipop. You're dying to try yellow snow now, amirite?

Image by Flickr user by Jamie McCaffrey under Creative Commons license.

7. Make a backyard skating rink.

For those Canadians who want turn their kids into the next Sidney Crosby (that's hockey talk) or just wanna have some outdoor fun, building a DIY backyard rink is worthy of at least a few online humblebrags.

Inviting your friends over to skate under the stars and drink a few Moosehead beers sounds like a good time. Just make sure they're back when it's time to clear the snow.

Image by Flickr user Jason O'Halloran under Creative Commons license.

10. Hug adorable (and deliciously bizarre) winter carnival mascots.

Bon Soo
Bon Soo

Winter carnivals are a big tradition in Canada and a way of saying "hey snow, you're not so bad." And who better to help express that than a "not quite snowman, not quite Santa" mascot.

Kids and adults alike just can't resist giving a hug to Mr. Bon Soo from Sault Ste Marie, Canada's Bon Soo Winter Carnival or Quebec's Bonhomme Carnaval.

Image with permission by Bon Soo.

13. Freeze their hair.

Admittedly, it's not something your average Canadian does on a Saturday night, but there's a little winter festival in the Yukon that's getting some attention over their "freezing hair contest."

It's simple - dip your hair in water during frigid temperatures, quickly mould it into a wild "do" and let it freeze. The most creative wins!

Check out the contest's Facebook page, where competitors post their pics every February.  

Image with permission by Takhini Hot Pools.

16. Drink ice wine (or ice wine cocktails).

Don't expect Canadian grape growers to freak out over a bit of frost. Bring it on. Once the temperature drops to around -10 degrees Celsius, people actually volunteer to help pick the frozen grapes so they can be harvested in time.

The Niagara Region of Canada has some of the finest ice wines in the world. In fact, they have a whole festival to celebrate them.

The number one mistake people make while drinking the dessert wine? Pairing it with something too sweet. Don't be that host. Serve it with a light or savory dessert instead.

Image by Flickr user Craig Hatfield used under Creative Commons license. 

19. Do the hot tub/snow angel combo.

There's nothing better than soaking in an outdoor hot tub while catching a few snowflakes on your tongue. Oh, wait, yes, there is: jumping out afterward and making snow angels. 

Of course, if you have a cold-related disorder it's not the wisest move, so maybe just stay in the hot tub and take pics of your friends doing it instead.

1st image by Flickr user Jesse Hull. 2nd image by Flickr user Alexi Ueltzen. Both under Creative Commons license. 

22. Become snowbirds.

The truth is, not every Canadian can embrace the snow, no matter how hard they try. So, what do they do? Become snowbirds and spend a large part of the winter months living in a warm destination like Florida or Mexico. 

It's mostly retirees that migrate south, but many younger Canadians look forward to at least one week away on a hot beach every winter. 

You'll recognize a snowbird by all their beach selfies posted online, asking people back in Canada "heard you got lots of snow up there, eh?"

Image by Flickr user Luca Sartoni under Creative Commons license.


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