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Winter 101

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Transcript of Winter 101

Avg: -1.2 (°C)
Max: 2.4 (°C)
Min: -4.8 (°C)
Average: -8.9 (°C)
Daily max: -5.4 (°C)
Daily min: -12.4 (°C)
Avg: -7.2 (°C)
Max: -3.7 (°C)
Min: -10.6 (°C)
Average Daily Temperatures
Beware of the wind-chill factor!
Avg total:
cm (18")
Avg # days w/snowfall:

Avg total:
cm (18.5")
Avg # days w/snowfall:

Monthly totals:
cm (14.6")
Avg # days w/snowfall:

Let it snow!
"Winter 101"
Keeping warm

Length of stay
Purpose (sport/city)
Get geared up!
How to Buy Boots:
Things to consider:
fur or felt-lined (insulated)
thick rubber soles
comfortable for walking
Cost: approx. $100 - $300
A few good brands:
Sorel - Kamik - Pajar - Merrell
Should be tight, but not restrictive
Polyester blends, merino wool, silk
Look for "midweight" or heavyweight"
"Long Johns" and Thermals
= long underwear worn underneath regular clothing
Have fun in the snow for hours!
Expect to spend around
$15-$20 per piece
(more for merino wool & silk)

When buying a tuque/hat:
Make sure ears are covered
Material is soft, not itchy
Avoid cotton & acrylic (not warm)
Approx. $10-$30

Don't let your fingers freeze!
mittens are warmer than gloves
waterproof material vs. knit
Approx. $10-$30

A warm scarf is essential
Helps protect from winds
Can be used to cover face & head
Approx. $10-$30

Tuques, Gloves & Scarves
rating (how far below zero can it go?)
length (to protect legs)
fit (leave room for layers)
Winter Coats & Jackets
Consider something that is:
puffy (real or synthetic down)
waterproof (or at least water resistant)
high "down count" (e.g. 500-700)
The higher the percentage of down – the warmer the jacket (80% is the best)
has a hood
$150-$500 for a quality coat

free, lightly used coats for newcomers to McGill
donated by McGill and Montréal community
The Winter Coat Project
Where: Basement of the Presbyterian College (corner of University and Milton). Check
website for details.
This project is a collaboration between MORSL, The Newman Catholic Centre, and The Presbyterian College.


Ask about average cost per month

Régie du Logement (Gov. of Québec)
McGill's Off-Campus Housing Office

Hydro Quebec
= provider of electricity

Staying Warm at Home
Heating your apartment
The landlord is legally required to ensure that his tenant enjoys an adequate ambient temperature (minimum 21 degrees)
Tips for keeping your apartment warm & cozy:


ask permission
from your landlord before installing or modifying your apartment windows. (He/she may even pay for and make the installations for you!)


Get heavy drapes for your windows
Keep open during the day to let the heat in
Close at night to keep heat in & cold out


Seal any drafts
Fill in any gaps or cracks in windows & doors 
Use caulking or shrink-film plastic for windows
Both = easy to use & available at hardware stores
Door sweeps work well under doors

3. Don’t block your radiators
Keep your heating units clean
Don’t position furniture in front of them
Don’t let drapes cover them
Save Money!
(heating bills will be lower)
Staying Warm at Home
Brown & SSMU Buildings
Moyse Hall (Arts) & Leacock Bldg.
Leacock Bldg. & McLennan Library
Burnside & Otto Mass Bldgs.
McGill's Tunnels
Connections between:
Go building to building...
...without ever going outside!
32 km (20 miles) of tunnels
spread over more than 12 km2
120 exterior access points
Underground City
The largest underground complex in the world!
Inner-tubing & sledding

Winter fun on Mont Royal!
Skating on Beaver Lake
Cross-country skiing
on Mont Royal trails
Winter hiking
Where you can play hockey:
Parc Lafontaine, Parc Jeanne Mance,
McGill Campus
Ice-Skating and Hockey:
Montreal's most popular sport
Montreal Canadiens (the "Habs")
Old-Port, Beaver Lake, Parc Lafontaine, Atrium 1000 (inside)
Winter FUN!
en Lumière
free outdoor events, culinary delights & beautiful light shows and displays throughout the city
(February 19 to March 1, 2015)

des Neiges
Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau turns into a winter wonderland
(January 17 to February 8, 2015)

Nuit Blanche
Montreal: City of FESTIVALS
3 to 15 major festivals every month!
(Montreal High Lights)
series of outdoor rave events attracting thousands of electronic music fans
(January 16 to February 8, 2015)

(Snow Festival)
200 mostly free cultural, musical, culinary, & sports-oriented activities that go on
all night long
(8 pm through 6 am)
(Saturday, February 28 2015)

A few fun
Winter Festivals:
Come late March / early April the snow will melt and you’ll be wishing it wasn’t over!
The Thaw
Life Underground
Ice - Get cleats for winter boots (Grip-X as an example)
Cabane à Sucre (Sugar Shack)

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