How to Survive a Canadian Summer

When asked about the climate, most people associate Canada with frigid conditions and images of snow, polar bears and igloos. Whilst this may indeed hold true in some respects, Canada is a country of extremes. You’d be surprised to know that summer – or my experience in Southern Ontario at least – is hot. Really hot, and very humid.

Mostly through trial and error, my family and I shoveled our way out of many winter mishaps and the same can be said about summer. When the temperatures are soaring and the humidex is rising, here are some tried and tested ways in which you can cool down and maximize potential.

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Three cheers for summer!

1. Stay hydrated
Although you may not feel thirsty, it is important to increase fluid intake during the warmer months. The best summer beverages are freshly squeezed lemonade for the kids and patio beers for the grownups – albeit nothing beats an icy glass of H2O . Water is linked to improvements in mood, energy and even skin! The recommended daily intake for men (3L) and women (2.2L) may seem daunting, but by seeing it as a challenge, it can also be fun!

2. Drink tea
This may sound overtly British (sorry chaps) but rain or shine, winter or summer, tea is always the answer and science supports this crazy assertion (kind of). By drinking a hot beverage, the rate of sweat is increased and sweating is the most efficient way to naturally decrease body temperature. So as I sit here, on the hottest day of the year, I feel no shame in savoring a sweet cup of rosy – and neither should you. I’ll put the kettle on then.

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A true Canadian summer

3. Make ‘ice buddies’
In the summer time, ice is man’s best friend. Cryopaks are especially adaptable and can be used as lunch coolers (as intended) or fashioned into ‘ice buddies’. By wrapping a frozen ice pack in a towel, you’ve got yourself a warm weather equivalent of a hot water bottle. It’s as easy as freeze and go. ‘Ice buddies’ are most helpful during those heavy, humid nights where the idea of sleep seems as distant as winters cold grasp.

4. Embrace the season
Sometimes, all it takes is an attitude change to truly enjoy all that a season has to offer. Try to see summer through the eyes of a student, who embraces the long evenings and warm weather with a sense of endless freedom, spirit and vitality. Have a barbecue, take a trip to the beach, or maybe even go camping.

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Campfires and s’mores: the only way to do summer.

Either way, don’t forget to make the most of summer because in six months time, we Canadians will be knee deep in snow and then we’ll really have something to complain about… or will we?

 

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