COLUMN: Chill out people

Canadians love to one up each other over how much colder their city is

As a polar vortex is pummelling the rest of Canada, while most of British Columbia enjoys some of its usual mild weather, I sit back and think why do we Canadians take so much pride in our weather?

Don’t get me wrong, being proud to be Canadian and proud of Canadian weather are two very different, very separate things, and the latter is not necessarily a good thing, especially this time of year.

Between the months of November and March, the entirety of Canada is engulfed in a season-long battle of egos. Those of us who are lucky enough not to be miserable get the brunt of it, and why you ask? Because we aren’t miserable.

Everywhere you look it’s, “Oh you’re only -18 C, that’s cute. We’re -40 C.”

Temperature gives us Canadians a reason to gloat. Cold-shaming is something that seems to unite this country and somehow drive it apart. We all do it, and it happens to all of us. No matter how cold and miserable it is in one city during the winter, it is undoubtedly colder and more miserable somewhere else.

RELATED: Weather extremes a new fact of life for Canadians: experts

Unless you live in Beaver Creek, Yukon. Then you win. Seventy-two years ago today, Feb. 3, 1947 the coldest day in North America was recorded at -63 C.

The travel company Expedia even compiled a list of Canadian “cities with the most miserable winters” with our neighbour Terrace placing 20th. You can bet that people are beyond proud of their miserable winters.

But for the rest of us, it is a constant battle of who is colder, and more miserable, cold-shaming at its finest.

Here in Prince Rupert, we have it easy, according to the rest of the country. Our “freezing” cold temperatures of -13 are laughed at.

An Edmonton based journalist tweeted out, “You know you’re a Prairie when you feel kind of left out because it’s only -11.”

As if being 20 degrees warmer was a bad thing.

My question is why? Is being cold and north of the equator so deeply ingrained in our sense of pride, both individually and nationally, that those of us who aren’t suffering through Chinook winds, polar vortexes, or Nor’easter snowstorms are less Canadian?

It is a constant one-upping contest of who can suffer the most through the winter.

Look, we all get it. Canada is cold, and we love Canada and being Canadian, but please lets put aside our pettiness and just accept the fact that we don’t have to love the freezing weather. Those of us who don’t experience it are not any less Canadian than those who do.

READ MORE: Wildfires, flooding: Environment Canada’s top 10 weather stories of 2018

To report a typo, email:

Send Nick email
Like the The Northern View on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Break-in at Prince Rupert Post Office causes service delay

Office closed most of July 8 morning after overnight forced entry

Provincial stage for Prince Rupert athletes

Northwest girls softball team will look to be a mainstay at tournament after long awaited return

VIDEO: Prince Rupert’s female runners shed their shirts for Global Sports Bra Squad Day

The event encourages athletes to run in whatever makes them comfortable regardless of shape or size

Prince Rupert’s Skeena Taxi manager unconcerned by B.C.’s ride hailing regulations

Skeena Taxi and ride hailing services have differences in operating models

Prince Rupert pair recipients of B.C. Community Achievement Awards

Nancy and Gunther Golinia recognized for lifelong pursuit helping local wildlife

VIDEO: Prince Rupert’s female runners shed their shirts for Global Sports Bra Squad Day

The event encourages athletes to run in whatever makes them comfortable regardless of shape or size

WEB POLL: Would you like to see ride hailing services come to Kaien Island?

ICBC insurance category for ride hailing vehicles set for September

UPDATE: Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre shut down during police incident

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

Crown recommends up to two-year jail term for former Bountiful leader

Crown says sentence range should be 18 months to two years for Bountiful child removal case

B.C.-wide police efforts identify Vancouver Island robbery suspect

Warrant issued for arrest of North Vancouver man for TD Bank robbery

VIDEO: Wolf spotted swimming ashore on northern Vancouver Island

Island wolf population estimated at under 150 in 2008, says VI-Wilds

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

B.C. couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran of Abbotsford spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

Most Read