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Introduction

“Boy, is it cold outside!” is the official Canadian winter greeting.

But why? Isn’t winter supposed to be cold? Or are Canadians just obsessed with the weather?

 Shopping at the market in the winter, 1905C

Shopping at the market in the winter, 1905C

Through the Museum’s collection, this exhibition looks at how rural Canadians learned to survive and deal with dark cold winters. Some have even learned to love and thrive in our northern climate.

Greeting people while sleighing around Victoria Park, 1940C
Greeting people while sleighing around Victoria Park, 1940C

Historically, as well as today, Canadians came from different places and held many different views, but we all have to physically manage day to day life in the cold and snow, whether we’re travelling through it, shoveling it or just hiding inside from it. Maybe today, if we can agree on nothing else, we can all complain about the winter.

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