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Old Jul 18th 2017, 2:09 am   #16
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I went for a preliminary interview in Saskatoon and the guy there said he wasn't going to tell me about the winters but I could find out for myself!

It seems you just need to be intelligent with your clothing...

So no mankini in December is the impression I get
Wear layers of clothing hat and gloves,I use ski gloves in winter for outside the truck fuelling etc and you will ok
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Old Jul 18th 2017, 2:43 am   #17
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Wear layers of clothing hat and gloves,I use ski gloves in winter for outside the truck fuelling etc and you will ok
Cheers Neil, much appreciated!

Any recommendations for where to get cold weather gear? How cold it gets?
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Cheers Neil, much appreciated!

Any recommendations for where to get cold weather gear? How cold it gets?
As the UK normally refers to temperatures using the Fahrenheit scale at its coldest expect Winnipeg temperatures to reach as low as MINUS 40F. No it won't be that all winter but from November to April don't expect temperatures to be above plus 32F.
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Old Jul 18th 2017, 3:25 am   #19
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Cheers Lancastrian, I'm gonna have to Google that, I'm a Celsius kid I'm afraid
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Cheers Lancastrian, I'm gonna have to Google that, I'm a Celsius kid I'm afraid
-40°C is the same as -40°F. That's where the temperatures equal out.
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Ah...well that makes it easier then!
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Cheers Neil, much appreciated!

Any recommendations for where to get cold weather gear? How cold it gets?
Try Mark's they are pretty good for all types of work clothes their stores are all over Canada not cheap though.
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Try Mark's they are pretty good for all types of work clothes their stores are all over Canada not cheap though.
Cheers Neil, I hear that you need to drop a good bit of cash for a coat, but it'll pay for itself
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Cheers Neil, I hear that you need to drop a good bit of cash for a coat, but it'll pay for itself
Funnily enough you don't need to drop much cash, you can get a suitable one for $100; its all about layers here, as the cold is so dry it doesn't penetrate. Layers and keep exposed skin covered you'll be alright
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Funnily enough you don't need to drop much cash, you can get a suitable one for $100; its all about layers here, as the cold is so dry it doesn't penetrate. Layers and keep exposed skin covered you'll be alright
Cheers Dormy, that's one thing my wife and I are struggling with, the idea of a dry cold!
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Cheers Dormy, that's one thing my wife and I are struggling with, the idea of a dry cold!
It is very hard to explain or fathom until you have experienced it. Its the wind that gets you, hence the layers required and skin covered. I am often seen shoveling the drive in -20 wearing no more than a sweatshirt, so long as there is no wind, you just don't really feel it.
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Wow!

That's incredible! This is something we must see!
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I like to go catfishing at Lockport just north of Winnipeg, and there is a lot of other good fishing not too far away, as well as ice fishing in winter. I know it isn't for everyone, but at least Manitoba still offers a reduced "conservation license" so it doesn't cost the moon if you aren't a resident.
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Sorry I don't get notifications so kinda lost track of this thread and didn't see the new replies. I actually got my PR granted days after and officially landed 2 months ago now, just waiting for my card to come through which looks like it'll be around December after delays.

I actually also met an Aussie who moved here temporarily on a contract from Melbourne, strangely I find we have an affinity when it comes to our outlook on Winnipeg and life here as well as of course getting on in general so the social circle has expanded by two in recent months 😅 albeit it'll contract again when they move back.

To those suggesting grabbing a drink, for sure, the guy arriving around Xmas time I was hoping to go away but due to pr card delays could well still be in Winnipeg even so I'm around a bit more lately.

Regarding the cold and how to comprehend it, it cannot be comprehended until you get here, as a Brit, huge minus figures are meaningless as we don't even get close back home, also as mentioned it's not a damp cold and the skies are often clear and sun strong so you can frequently walk around in a T shirt at -15 if it's not windy and is sunny, if it's windy then it's probably comparable to trekking across the North Pole, you have to keep your face covered and away from the wind and I especially suffer with my hands, they become painful, numb and useless in 4 or 5mins max in high wind chill even with ski gloves on although the rest of me is fine, a simple pair of walmart winter boots rated to -30 or so keeps my feet toasty, jeans usually suffice for my legs and an insulated windproof work bomber jacket with a hoodie under it is enough up top. One thing I did learn last year is to moisturise your hands with good stuff, mine split multiple times at the joints due to the cold which is really painful, it's also weird how everything made of plastic or with plastic in it becomes totally rigid, your block heater extension cord, usually soft and flexible turns into a rigid iron rod after 5mins outside at -30. Take real good care of your car battery too as there is nothing worse than a dead battery, potentially no way to stay warm while waiting for a boost. Winter is no joke here, take it seriously especially if you travel outside the city limits because if you don't prepare and experience a breakdown or blizzard I can easily see how people could die. Saying that it's an interesting experience for a Brit and because you are guaranteed month of sub zero and snow then things can be done to make use of it, like the skating, ice fishing (if you're into that), snowboarding etc etc

I'm still in the stage of thinking a lot but I'm fairly sure I'll be moving to Calgary within the next year, life is too short to stoo taking steps to what I think is ultimately right for me.
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