It is cold already and it is only the beginning of December – 27 (-37 factoring in the wind-chill).
It takes time to dress for this weather, but there is a system: Bottom layers – Leggings, jeans, windproof pants, inner socks and outer socks. Top layers – thick sweater over thin sweater, microfiber hooded parka, hat, inner mitts and outer mitts. When we mentioned our impending move to Whapmagoostui at yesterday’s feast, a couple of people shivered and said “It’s cold up there!”
I googled a climatic map of Canada and zoomed to the mouth of the Great Whale River on Hudson’s Bay. A thin sliver of land that surrounded this area is classified as “arctic”.
Now I’m seriously worried. If the Cree from Mistissini say it’s cold up there, it must be really cold!