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Why winter is a great time to learn to swim

As many of us Canadians are experiencing, winter months can be cold, icy and snowy – and all we want to do is bundle up and stay warm.  A natural tendency, for sure, but did you know wintertime is a great time to learn how to swim? Here's why.

Great Canadian hacks for winter

We are Canadians; we know how to handle cold winters – and even enjoy the snow, ice and other winter activities! Whether learned from parents, friends or the experience of several winter seasons, we’ve compiled some clever winter hacks to help keep you safe and warm through our coldest months.
 

First aid for cold weather

Snuggle up with your favourite hot beverage and read these quick First Aid for cold weather tips to prepare yourself for the Canadian winter as it approaches.

The 6 commandments of the wise snowmobiler

Every year, hundreds of snowmobilers lose their lives in accidents that could have been prevented by taking a few basic safety precautions. Again this year, there have been more tragic incidents involving snowmobiling.

Ice safety: If you go on the ice, prepare to go through it

Knowledge, equipment, and skill. Those are the three things that can help you stay safe on the ice and survive if you fall through it. That’s according to Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, who operates the Laboratory for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at the University of Manitoba and was the keynote speaker at the 8th Annual Red Cross Alberta Water Safety Conference in Calgary.

The extremes of winter driving: tips and resources for safe driving this season

When you love driving but hate driving winter conditions, here are some tips and resources to help you be better prepared for safe driving this season.

Tips for cold and flu season

I got a cold in September; early enough for others experiencing similar symptoms to question if it was their allergies but, as I don’t get allergies, I knew it was the dreaded cold. This one was with sinus congestion and a wicked, hacking cough. If you too think you’re welcoming in the colder weather with a, well, cold, here are some tips to follow to minimize its duration and spread to others.

Having a safe cold weather adventure

There is nothing I love more than being cozy and warm on a cold day. So it might seem a little odd that I opted to take a winter vacation in Yellowknife, NWT. I got a little nervous about the cold, so  I decided to learn as much as I can about how to stay safe and warm in the freezing cold, and what to do in the event of a cold-related emergency.  

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