On Sunday, winter took Kingston by storm. While I remain optimistic that we shall see blue skies—and if we’re lucky, even the sun—again before winter officially begins on December 21st, it never hurts to have a battle plan on how to survive winter in Kingston. There are essentially two approaches one can take towards winter. Either you retreat indoors and don’t leave unless absolutely necessary, or you embrace the elements and head out into the cold. Regardless of which camp you fall into, we have suggestions that will inspire you to make the most out of (or at least survive) the season.
As all Canadians know, winter means less sunlight. Now that Daylight Saving Time has ended, there’s even less light to go around – these days, we start losing light at around 4:30 p.m. Less light, coupled with the cold weather is enough to make even the most winter-loving Kingstonian feel a little down. To help alleviate the winter blues, check out Philips goLITE BLU Energy Light. This light mimics natural daylight, and using it 20 to 30 minutes per day helps to improve mood and increase energy levels. If you struggle waking up in the morning due to the darkness, Philips also makes a wake-up light that mimics a sunrise. Over the span of 30 minutes this light changes from red to orange, then yellow light, to help wake your body up more naturally. You can buy both products on Amazon for around $120, with free shipping. Of course, there are other light therapy products on the market, so be sure to do your research!
For those of you brave enough to go outside, Kingston has plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy. The skating rink in Springer Market Square generally opens in late November or early December, depending on the weather. If you enjoy outdoor skating, keep your fingers crossed that temperatures stay cold! For those of you who prefer less slippery winter activities, check out Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Finally, if this weekend’s snowfall shocked you into remembering that winter is in fact on its way, take a little inspiration from Canada’s newly-appointed national bird: the Gray Jay. Unlike other birds who fly south to escape the cold, the Gray Jay sticks around, laying eggs even in -30C weather. This bird is tough, resilient, and built to survive the cold – just like Canadians. Happy shovelling!
And if you feel that you simply want to sell your house and move south, call me. Happy to make the first half of that dream become a reality! When you are ready to buy & sell, call Kingston Realtor with Century 21 – Jenn Molleson | TeamCHAMP.ca