Dressing for Winter Weather Conditions
Whether this is your first Canadian winter, or a familiar climate to you, it’s worth remembering that dressing for cold weather is very different than dressing for the summer/autumn in BC. Students, even those who drive to school or get dropped off, should wear footwear designed for snow/ice and dress in several warm layers with gloves/mitts, and a hat.
- This article from the Canadian Red Cross has tips how to stay warm in the Canadian winter whether you’re just running errands or doing more ambitious winter activities.
- The Translink Winter Travel Guide has all sorts of tips for winter travel and tools for those opting to use public transit including a good Buzzer blog post with important reminder for those not used to taking transit (in the winter).
- Students and families without access to appropriate winter gear can contact their counsellor for referrals to programs that can help.
Colder Outdoors=Colder Indoors
As anyone who has attended school in an old set of buildings like Burnaby North can tell you, climate control is not the buildings’ strength. Cold outdoor weather means colder temperatures indoors too, especially in classrooms where windows remain open to increase ventilation to reduce the spread of respiratory illness (Covid-19, flu, RSV, etc). Remember to dress in layers and to wear your outdoor gear when travelling between buildings.
Driving to Campus?
Those who drive are also reminded that according to the Motor Vehicle Act they are responsible for clearing all the snow off their vehicles. Be sure that your vehicle has the equipment you require to clear the car, especially the roof, lights, and windows. Drivers also need to be aware of the limitations of their vehicle; even cars with snow tires can slip on icy roads. Drive slower than posted speeds in winter conditions, even if you have snow tires and AWD/4WD. Also be aware of cyclists and pedestrians who may be forced onto roadways due to impassable pathways and sidewalks.
- This article from BCAA includes tips how to drive safely in Canadian winter weather
- Our Winter Weather Procedures page has details about safer driving routes and drop-off zones during snowy and icy weather.