Memories of Canada. Part 1 – weather and weekends

By MurrayPage | local guides | August 9, 2012

For secondment three on the programme I was fortunate enough to secure a placement in the Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Canada office and, quite frankly, it was amazing. I have compiled a list of some of the things that made my time in Canada so brilliant and they will be serialised over the next few blogs:

Weather – in Winter it was cold, in Spring it was less cold, in Summer it was hot. Even in a “mild” winter there was still a good foot of snow on the ground for most of February with temperatures frequently bouncing off -20°C and a week later the mercury was pushing +25°C. In Canada there is no such thing as drizzle. It is either raining, and raining hard, or it isn’t.

Weekends and work ethic – work hard, play hard. I don’t know if this is representative of Canada, but everyone in my office seemed to be working damn hard, all of the time, until the weekend. Never have I heard such an eccentric variety of planned weekend activities: Lawn tractor maintenance, visiting the cottage, re-shingling the cottage, taking the boat out on the lake, painting the boat, fishing, hunting, loosing off a thousand rounds of ammunition, ‘flipping a house’, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, canoeing, ice-racing (apparently some people race cars on the frozen lakes during winter) kayaking, hiking, cooking beer-can chicken, barbecuing*, brewing beer, drinking beer, cycling, ATV trekking, the list goes on.

*I will come back to barbecuing. It is far too important for such a fleeting mention

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