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Canadian winters are notorious! But this collection will warm your heart, brighten your day, and lift your spirits. Any Canadian — from east to west coast; from city to rural — will love the 101 stories in this new collection about embracing those long winter days and making the most of them. Filled with amusing and encouraging stories about weathering the cold, creating warm memories with family and friends, and playing great winter sports.

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Five ways to enjoy the wonders of winter in Canada

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark and Janet Matthews

From bad weather to good times to great sports, winter in Canada is never dull. The 101 heartwarming and entertaining stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter will remind you why you love winter in Canada. Here are five ways to enjoy the wonders of winter even more.

1. Make the most of snow days. It snowed so much one night that Shawna Troke-Leukert and her husband Eric could not get out their front door the next morning — snow blocked the entire entryway. But they had a dog that needed to get outside. So they improvised. Eric managed to open a window and crawl out. The dog followed. And soon Shawna joined them. "That day the child inside of me let loose," she writes. "My husband and I romped around in the snow with our dog for hours." Almost twenty years later, they still fondly remember that day. "That winter storm left us with truly precious memories," Shawna writes.

2. Get on the ice. Their first winter after moving to Toronto from Vancouver for university, Jacqueline Pearce and her boyfriend felt homesick for their west coast town. Then it snowed. The couple went to a nearby pond to check for ice. To their delight, the ice held their weight. "We did not believe in missing opportunities. I hurried back to the student apartments to get our skates," Jacqueline writes. "By the time classes finished that day, there was a buzz of excitement throughout the building. An impromptu Christmas party started." Other students, first skeptical about the solidity of the ice, joined them. "Skates were donned, hockey sticks and a puck materialized, and voices and laughter filled the woodlot," Jacqueline writes. "Pond-skating season had begun."

3. Say yes to adventure. When two friends asked Ian Charter to go waterskiing, the day before Christmas, on a partially frozen river, he jumped at the chance. "We couldn’t find any reasons not to go," Ian writes. "Of course my wife could, but I wasn’t going to be the one that missed this and then have to listen to the glory stories later." The three guys made run after run that afternoon, and drew a crowd of onlookers. Ian’s picture even landed on the front page of the local newspaper! "Cold doesn’t stop us in Canada," he writes. "It’s just part of the equation when planning how to get the job done. Who said you need a hill and skis to ski in Canada in December?" Ice and freezing temperatures don’t ruin the fun — they add to it!

4. Make snow a neighbourhood event. When the Great Ice Storm hit Tanya Ambrose’s rural Eastern Ontario town, everyone lost power for a week, and with it their access to water. For days, Tanya and her family collected icicles to melt. "Life revolved around the basics of survival," she writes. "And then suddenly life changed through the generous spirit of a neighbour" who had a working well. That act of kindness started a flood of other kindnesses. Neighbours, some of whom hadn’t met before, all came together to share resources and meals. "New friendships formed, and even more profoundly, a powerful, precious new sense of community was created," Tanya writes. Years later, she still cherishes those memories and the permanent changes to her neighbourhood. "The common experience of facing adversity, and struggling and triumphing together," Tayna writes, "now binds our small rural community together."

5. Create traditions. Maureen Flynn’s family had their own special way of celebrating Louis Riel Day — a day to celebrate family. Her brother spearheaded the idea, and the whole family gets together to play outdoor hockey on Manitoba’s February holiday, despite the cold. A blizzard hit on the most recent Louis Riel Day, but Maureen’s family held to tradition and played a few weeks later. "I watched my sons and their friends head out with skates, lugging nets," Maureen writes. "My own children were creating their memories this day. We will all hear the laughter, the cracking of sticks on ice, and the team cheers for many Louis Riel Days to come."

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